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The Making of The Living Daylights [Paperback]

Charles Helfenstein
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5 Oct 2012
For the 25th anniversary of the most successful film franchise in history, Cubby Broccoli's Eon Productions launched James Bond in a bold new direction with a spectacular globe-trotting adventure that showcased incredible stunts, gorgeous cinematography, and a smoldering romance set amongst elegant old world Europe and breathtaking vistas of Africa. Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew, and see how veteran director John Glen put together a mammoth effort to take the series back to its thriller origins, rooted by the casting of Timothy Dalton, a noted stage actor and fan of Ian Fleming's novels. Follow the complete history of the film, from the origins of Fleming's short story, through early drafts of the script (where James Bond was a brash young Lieutenant in the Royal Navy), through Pierce Brosnan securing the role then losing it, Dalton's last minute casting, pre-production, shooting, post-production, to the release and marketing of the film. Based on years of research, cast and crew interviews, access to original scripts, storyboards, production memos, call sheets, props, and more, this fascinating look behind the scenes features hundreds of never before published photographs, including a detailed look at deleted scenes.

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Spies LLC (5 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098441262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984412624
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better make that two! 15 Dec 2012
When I reviewed Charles Helfenstein's first book, The Making of OHMSS, I ended my review with "It's a shame there isn't a book like this written for each Bond film." Well, Mr. Helfenstein has endeavored to correct that oversight with this second book, covering The Living Daylights from the beginning to the end and beyond. Following the blueprint of his previous book, he covers everything from the first attempt at a Bond reboot before 2006's Casino Royale to the selection of a Fleming short story, Pierce Brosnan getting hired AND fired the first time, enter Timothy Dalton, filming, release, reaction, brief overviews of Dalton's second and ALMOST third film, and the after effects of his brief tenure. I have to admit that this time it took me four days to read the book as I don't have the free time I did when I read the first in what I hope will be a series of "Making of" books from this author. This one is as well written, researched, designed, and illustrated as the last. If you think that Craig guy is the embodiment of Fleming's Bond, think again. What a great Christmas gift for this Bond fan, and a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this amazing film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Bond Book! 2 Jan 2013
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Astounding. That's the word that popped into my head when I first laid eyes upon a copy of Charles Helfenstein's phenomenal new book "The Making of the Living Daylights". I've been a James Bond fan and avid collector for more years than I'd care to admit, but I wouldn't hesitate to claim that there are no finer publications adorning my bookshelf than this and Charles' earlier, equally must-have volume "The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Bond fans take note: If you think you've already seen everything that could possibly pique your interest relating to 1987's 25th Anniversary 007 adventure, as you begin to leaf through this deliciously chunky (almost 300 pages) book you realise how completely wrong you were. From an informative perspective alone it's an invaluable document, Charles' research detailing everything about the film's production from seed of an idea to its unleashing upon the world, even touching upon its enduring appeal over the years since (i.e. there's a page of photos devoted to the launch of the film's lead actress Maryam d'Abo's own Bond book a few years back). Yet for many the 24-carat treasures are to be found in the wealth of largely previously unseen imagery; storyboards, deleted scenes, publicity shots, production stills, memorabilia...breathtaking doesn't begin to summarise it. There's more than enough here to keep even the casual cinephile enthralled, but for dedicated Bond fans "The Making of The Living Daylights" is quite simply an essential acquisition. There needs to be a book like this written about every single entry in cinema's longest-running series. Would it be as easy for an author to fire up sufficient enthusiasm to create a volume such as this devoted to, for example, "Quantum of Solace" (the most disappointing film in the entire series in my opinion)? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterwork from Charles Helfenstein 3 Jan 2013
Like his The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this latest book by Bond scholar Charles Helfenstein is an absolute masterwork! This is a day by day account of the filming of Timothy Dalton's debute Bond film, The Living Daylights, jam-packed with photos, ephemera, and information that you will not find anywhere else. I was especially impressed by the early chapters on the original Ian Fleming short story, and also thrilled that Helfenstein included a detailed description of the original aborted James Bond origin story treatment. For years Bond fans have heard rumors about this, but almost nothing about it has been known. Now here's the whole bloody thing! I also like that Helfenstein takes the Dalton story all the way to the end with a chapter on Licence To Kill and his 3rd unmade film. Passion projects like these are so much more informative than any of slick "official" Bond books out there. So if you're into Bond, or filmmaking in general, I would highly recommend The Making of The Living Daylights.
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Charles Helfenstein's "The Making of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS" is another must have-book for anyone interested in James Bond or behind-the-scenes-books that are really detailed accounts of every aspect that goes into the production of a major film. The wealth of information and rare photos is astonishing and mind-blowing. Like Helfenstein's "The Making of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE" this new book about Timothy Dalton's first outing as James Bond is a dream come true. From the earliest story development to the casting sessions (telling us why media darlings of that time like Lewis Collins were not chosen), from the actual shooting to the post-production and reception of this very special and important Bond film, the book gives so much insight that you never got from any book on Bond before. You can't stop turning the page, being rewarded by a writer who really dug in deep, unstoppable in his research.

There is no substitute - this is the book you just have to get. Soon. Right now. And if you don't own the "OHMSS"-book yet, go for both. You need them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely phenomenal 23 Jun 2014
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I have been absolutely blown away by the quality of this book. The photos alone are incredible and completely capture the era. The film was a milestone in my childhood and my enjoyment of the world of Bond and this book is just incredible. It completely surpasses anything I have seen about Bond. Don't be put off by the price. I was very unsure for a while but am so glad I got it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive.
Always liked this movie and thought Dalton was underrated, but actually preferred his harder edge character in License to Kill. The book says it all, no need for more.
Published 6 months ago by Ramconi
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
Lifelong Bond Fan...and literally have bought everything including the proverbial t-shirt. This is by far the most outstanding factual Bond book I have ever purchased. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dale Mcfadzean
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tome
A magnificent book. Lots of detail that opened up the process of making this film. Really hope he continues the series say Casino Royale of SkyFall?
Published 9 months ago by R Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Fantastic, informative... an excellent read for a fan or fanatic! Why isn't there more books on classic films like this?
Published 10 months ago by Robert J Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the greatest cinematic 'making ofs' book ever written
Charles Helfenstein's brilliant book is certainly an advisable read for film buffs. However for Bond fans its a must have. Read more
Published 14 months ago by spaceodds
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book on bond
another great book about bond -if you want to anything about this film this is a great read -lots of photos and info
Published 14 months ago by Edward Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read
This is the 2nd book by this author i have and i must say i am very pleased with it.It has some good photos and behind the scenes information i am just hoping This Author does a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mt Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Manna from Heaven for Bond fans
I am currently reading Paul Duncans' sublime James Bond Archives, but after receiving this I'm giving my arms a rest for a while! Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. A. Jones
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