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James Bond, the Spy I Loved
James Bond, the Spy I Loved
by Christopher Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great background on Confessions of a Bond Writer, 23 Mar 2014
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Christopher Wood wrote two of the best selling films in the Bond series and this witty and very funny autobiography is a compelling insight into the writer's world. The fact the Wood was Timothy Lea , author of the Confessions books - and later films - makes his story even more hilarious and fascinating. Christopher Wood also wrote two novelizations, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, based on his films and they are the best of their kind, better in fact than many recent Bond novels not by Ian Fleming. Pity the book is so blandly designed looking very self published. The writer and the content deserve better. But still for anyone interested in Bond, writing, film or even Confessions of a Window Cleaner, this is for you!


James Bond, the Spy Who Loved ME
James Bond, the Spy Who Loved ME
by Christopher Wood
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Wood better than the rest..., 23 Mar 2014
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I read Moonraker by Christopher Wood and now this - his first adaptation of a Bond movie ( his own) into novel form. Wood writes well, his Bond is of the Fleming cannon and not the Moore raised eyebrow of the time. The character background and details are worthy of Ian Fleming and - as I said in the Moonraker review - Wood captures the spirit of literary Bond far better than recent authors carrying on the literary tradition. The novels actually improve the films and the silly jokes of the movie versions are toned down ( or not yet thought of as some business belongs to film sets). If you can find copies of both Christopher Wood's adaptations I would highly recommend as curious and fun extras to the universe that is Bond.


James Bond and Moonraker
James Bond and Moonraker
by Christopher Wood
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Moore, Bond..., 14 Feb 2014
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Christopher wood's novelisation of his film script is an interesting combination of Ian Fleming literary description of Bond - scar down his left check, hair drooping over his forehead, cruel mouth - and Roger Moore's film delivery of flip one liners. The fact it is a very enjoyable read with Wood managing to balance the cinematic outing and all its fantasy elements with a solid Bond read is a testimony to his deft writing skills. This Bond novel is a better read than the weaker novels written lately under the Fleming/Bond continuation banner.


Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan
Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A View Of A Bond Fan, 24 Nov 2013
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This brilliantly funny, laugh out loud (capturing the best of Bill Bryson) tribute and affectionate look at the James Bond series by a fan growing up in the 80's is a must read. Not just for Bond fans (of which I am one) but for anyone who has had a childhood compulsion to collect everything to do with their hero. The insight into the Bond films are beautifully written and almost convince you A View To A Kill is worth a second look. This book written by the very funny Mark O Connell by the way and Mark Gatiss only supplied the forward. A perfect read and a hilarious visit to the past, present and to come...


Beside Myself
Beside Myself
by Antony Sher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as ever, 10 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Beside Myself (Paperback)
A fan of Antony Sher, actor, writer and artist, this is a pure joy for anyone in the business of acting but also in the business of life. Antony Sher takes us back to his childhood in South Africa, his break into big roles at the RSC and through the struggle of addiction and recovery. His writing style is brilliant, sharp, moving and inspiring. I read Year Of The King in 1985 and have been a fan ever since - this updated biog doesn't disappoint and better still makes you want to be as honest and as dedicated to whatever role you have chosen in your own life.


Perfect Friday [Blu-ray + DVD]
Perfect Friday [Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: 8.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old classic, 10 Sep 2013
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Perfect Friday was a fav when I was growing up - caught on a Wednesday night or Sunday late time slot on TV and rarely shown. A fan of the work of Stanley Baker and his off beat self produced crime films, this is a light hearted welcome change with David Warner sinister and silly and Ursula Andress displaying sultry comic timing before she more or less retired from the screen world. The film is dated, of course, and played with tongue firmly in cheek, as was the late 60's style - but still this is a little gem and brings back very fond memories of TV watching before multiple channels and choices... It is the three leads that make the story work with their wonderful screen presence all under the direction of Peter Hall.


Woody Allen: A Documentary [DVD]
Woody Allen: A Documentary [DVD]
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
Price: 16.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great insight, 4 Feb 2013
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This is for everyone who always wanted to know everything about Woody Allen (but was to scared to ask)... A warm, friendly and surprisingly open Woody Allen talks about his past, his films, his writing -even that scandal in an easy going and thoughtful manner. We see his 40 year old typewriter, his home and the old places he used to live -all filmed with a fond attention to detail by Robert B. Weide. For me Annie Hall is the best of Woody Allen films and that period of his life from the mid 70's to the late 80's produced great classics - Manhattan, Radio Days, Hannah & Her Sisters so it is especially rewarding hearing Woody Allen talk about these films ....For a fan this is a great documentary - for those interested in a filmmaker at work it is unmissable.


James Bond 50th Anniversary! Lotus Esprit - Motorised Light & Sound. Car size approx 15cm (The Spy Who Loved Me)
James Bond 50th Anniversary! Lotus Esprit - Motorised Light & Sound. Car size approx 15cm (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Price: 12.94

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 4 Feb 2013
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My son loved it!!! Music, moves, does everything but go under the water - great Christmas present - I will buy more.


A Christmas Story / A Christmas Story 2 [DVD] [2012]
A Christmas Story / A Christmas Story 2 [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Peter Billingsley
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 4.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic, 4 Feb 2013
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A Christmas Story has been a favourite for years on video - and so I was delighted to see this warm, funny and wonderful film on DVD - haven't watched the second one - the first by Bob Clark is the classic -based on Jean Shepherd's In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, this film captures the stories beautifully-- performances, period detail, acting... a great Chrissy present --almost as good as a a Red Ryder BB Gun!


Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
by David Weston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars star covering, 18 Dec 2011
Anyone interested in theatre, acting, Ian McKellen, King Lear, the trials and tribulations of being a jobing actor - this is a must read. David Weston's simple and effective prose takes us behind the genius of Trevor Nunn and Ian McKellen as they embark on a world tour of Shakespeare's greatest human tragedy, King Lear. Weston can be cutting, laugh out loud funny, self depreciating but always entertaining - his years in the rough and tough business of acting shows through in his well chosen accounts. Understudying a star can be a lonely business, ignored by critics, autograph hunters and even members of the audience but David Weston has pride, courage and enough theatre to make this read a noble experience. I couldn't put it down and I live in this world.


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