The film has all the amazing action and stunts you would expect in a Bond film but the plot, script and acting are much darker, more mature and up-close than any previous Bond.
I can understand why some Bond fans didn't like the lack of escapism and tongue-in-cheek humour but this was a different Bond for a different age and I applaud the decision to take a more thought-provoking direction.
The book is a little wider than paperback and runs to 544 pages - a page per beer plus some useful information. Anyone who knows Dorling Kindersley's style will expect a beautifully illustrated clear style - and that's exactly what you get. This is not an encyclopedia nor is it comprehensive (1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die has twice as many plus 1 ! - but is irritatingly organised by style). This book is simply the 500 favourite beers (in alphabetic order - thank you) of the man who knew an immense amount about beer and wrote beautifully and lovingly about it. The battle against bland mass-produced beer is making progress and this book is on the side of the angels. Best read… Read more
A master work when published, it's now very hard to find - and much more comprehensive than the 1st edition. It is essential for any serious collector but after nearly 20 years it's no longer comprehensive as more information and additional versions have been discovered. So buy it now and hope for a revised updated version one day - with colour illustrations!