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The Spy Who Thrilled Us: A Guide to the Best of Cinematic "James Bond": A Guide to the Best of Cinematic "James Bond" Paperback – 1 Dec 2002


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Of the nineteen James Bond movies released so far, which, considering everything, is the best? Which of the villains 007 has confronted was the nastiest? With which of his women did he have the sexiest encounters? These and scores of other such vital questions are answered by Bond's ultimate fan, Michael DiLeo, in this generously illustrated book.

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One fan's opinion about a book of another fan's opinion 14 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As background: I've seen all the movies at least 4-5 times each, and read all the Ian Fleming books and short stories. That being said...
I thumbed through the book, and it's... OK. I'm surprised no one's put together a book of lists like this before for the 40-year-old franchise, but, much like the lists you see in Entertainment Weekly magazine or on the E! Channel, it's really a set of lists with not much in the way of in-depth, behind-the-scenes stories or newfound information.
Many of the lists are of the "Top 5" variety/ Trivial Pursuit variety; the only, all-film list is the ranking of the films themselves, and even there, it's subjective. Indeed, the critiques of each film are but a few short paragraphs long; one could easily fit each review in the weekend movie summary section of their local paper or -- again -- in the summary section of EW.
Also, unlike the recent books "James Bond: the Legacy" and "The Essential Bond" there's not much sense of context for these films. It may be a "guide' to one fan's choices for the best of Bond, but the organization is so casual, and the layout so cluttered, that it'd be hard to just sit down and read certain sections to point out to someone why they would like a particular film/ character/ plot/ scene/ etc.
Clearly, the author is a fan, and I can respect any fan of anything who can get a book published about the object of his or her devotion and admiration. While this book is worth some casual reading in the book store, I wouldn't recommend it all that much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Reading for Bond Fans 8 Mar. 2003
By George McAdams - Published on Amazon.com
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Di Leo's book, THE SPY WHO THRILLED US, for me, made interesting reading. Sure, there were some debatable items, but anytime I pick-up a book, and an hour later, I'm still thumbing through it, it (the book) has passed my test. I thought that his opinions were not "heavy handed," and quite frankly, I agreed with most of them. And unlike the Bond "Encyclopedias," et. al. publications, this one wasn't so dry that it put me to sleep.
If you're new to the movie series, or just like them, this will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf. It also would make a terrific present.
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awesome 29 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! Author DiLeo is obviously a Bond fanatic like me and his enthusiasm and love for 007 is evident in every word. The book features the top 5 moments in almost 50 different categories ranging from best villains to best gadgets to best stunts and everything else in between. I had a great time comparing my "top 5's" with the author's. This book must be on the shelf of any true Bond fan.
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A book for fans to debate 28 Jan. 2003
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It is basically a book of DiLeo's opinions but the beauty of the book is all the fun you can have with other Bond fans comparing your opinions with his. You might disagree or agree and the discussions go on from there. In some cases I couldn't believe his picks and in others I agreed totally. In any case another Bond fan and I had a great time going through the entire book.Try it you'll like it!
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A refreshing new take on everything BOND... 27 May 2003
By FlickLover - Published on Amazon.com
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My pal (who's also a Bond fanatic) recommended I buy this book. And he was right on the money. Author DiLeo slices the thick Bond topic with a refreshingly different serrated knife. And doesn't apologize for his candid and sharp opinions regarding the series -- yet always manages to entertain and enlighten us with his abundant knowledge and love of BOND. Great book! Pick it up!
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