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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
I was a bit hesitant about buying this as I already have Tony Nourmand's James Bond Poster Book. Did I really need another book with the same posters? After reading the positive reviews on Amazon I decided to plump up the cash and risk it.
And the result?
Boy am I glad I took the leap of faith for this book excels in every department compared to Nourmand's effort ( which incidentally I really like). All the films are covered right upto the teaser poster for Skyfall. The print quality far exceeds that of Tony Nourmand's book and the posters all appear a lot more sharper and clearer, there are more variations of posters for each film than in the previous book.
My only criticism is that it includes lobby cards for some films but not all - seems a strange decision but it a minor gripe on my part.
So should you buy it if you have aleady own the James Bond Poster Book? Most definitely.
Is it an essential addition to your 007 library? Without a doubt.
Well done to DK and the authors for delivering a top quality product, the book is thick and heavy, paper quality is excellent and the thick slipcase is a welcome bonus which adds to the quality.
Buy it and you won;t regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2012
Wow! This book is BIG AND HEAVY! In fact, it's so heavy it busted loose from Amazon's flimsy packaging, got slightly damaged and had to be repackaged by Australia Post before it could be delivered to me. Instead of being upset, I still say bravo to Amazon for what they charged for price and postage! Both were very reasonable and allow me to be still very happy with my purchase. As for the book itself, the photos are numerous and very clear. There's comparatively very little text but one could spend hours just looking through the photos and reminiscing over the good times had while watching the films over the years. While the majority of the photos seem to show US material, there's still a wealth of other foreign material and some very interesting "unused concept" material to pore over. Being Australian, I was pleased to see some Australian content including a nice James Bond double bill poster at the end of the book that triggered a flood of distant nostalgic memories rushing back to me. So, if you've been undecided whether to buy this title, delay no longer. Place your order today! It might be missing a lot of lobby cards as mentioned by other reviewers, but for the price, this is definitely a FIVE star purchase!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dorling Kindersley's rather lavish book is perhaps more of a dinner table book than a coffee table book for one simple reason: it's huge. While you'll certainly need a lot of extra space just to turn the pages (male readers risk a hernia if the try reading it in their laps), it's a terrific overview of the film series that probably more than any other changed the way films were marketed. Unfortunately, it's also an unwitting demonstration of how unimaginative modern movie posters have become, with the ingenuity and wonderful artwork by many of the great movie poster artists of all time - Frank McCarthy, Bob Peak, Robert McGinnis, Renato Casari, Jean Maschi - giving way to increasingly identikit photoshop efforts. By the time you get to Quantum of Solace action packed artwork is a thing of the past, with GQ fashion shoots seemingly the model, a tragedy when you consider how iconic many of the great Bond posters like From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die or the 1967 Casino Royale are (gratifyingly this volume doesn't pretend that the EON films are the only Bond movies). Still, it could have been more dispiriting still: time precluded including all but the sly teaser for Skyfall, which has seen the laziest photoshopped posters in the series history.

Not that photoshopping is always bad: there are some good photo montages and teasers right through to the Timothy Dalton era (though the photoshop Licence to Kill quad is still a lowpoint) even when the producers decided to go with some of the dodgier artwork produced (the Moonraker teaser is infinitely superior to the clumsy final release ones). And while the book doesn't include every variation from the days when each territory would either adapt or even create its own artwork (and there's a lot of McGinnis' work from Thunderball that is curiously missing), there's a strong selection of foreign posters and even some lobby card sets, with even the more obscure foreign artists getting credited for their work. While the physical production isn't quite up to Taschen levels, it's on good quality colour paper, though it's a bit annoying that the UK quads for each poster are spread over two pages since the sheer size and weight of the book doesn't favour that presentation. The rest of the posters are better presented, though not all the one sheets are treated to the full page format when deemed too similar to other variations. There's also some unused concepts and sketches for several of the films from the days when United Artists seemed to be consciously moving away from the classic Bond poster style. All in all it's certainly worthwhile for the Bond movie fan with deep pockets and a lot of shelf space. And if you want to avoid being depressed by the last few lazy poster outings, try reading it from the back to the front and the book magically starts to get better and better with every page!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
Around 1999 Boxtree published Tony Normands James Bond Movie Posters book which at the time was more than enough for Bondophiles everywhere. However 13 years have passed and dispite only 4 Bond movies have been made since then, a new 50th anniversary book was called for. This book obviously contains A LOT of posters you will already be familier with and a few rare unseen versions you won't have seen like TLD and LTK for instance. The book is very heavy and lavishly put together. Another reviewer states the lack of lobby cards etc from other countries which I agree with is a disappointment but an inclusion would probably mean a book so big and heavy that you could take it to the gym with you !! That asides, you also get 2 reprints about A4 size of Dr. No and Octopussy which may require framing on my part ! Worth the money but if you own the Boxtree book you may want to browse a copy first.
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on 29 May 2013
If you're a James Bond fan, then you'll love this book. It's big, it's heavy and it's beautifully presented. It would definitely make a welcome addition to your collection. If you're wavering because you have Tony Nourmand's James Bond Poster Book, this should also be on your shelf - Nourmand's book is a bit dated now and doesn't include a number of recent Bond films.

This hardback publication comes in a heavy-duty card slipcase and attached to the inside front cover is a pouch containing a couple of (A4-ish sized) posters from Dr No and Octopussy. The posters throughout the book have been beautifully reproduced and there are plenty of posters showcased for each film. It even includes posters from the non-Bond Never Say Never Again. The usual famous posters have been included, as have some of the less famous and unseen posters. Each set of posters per film is accompanied by only a short introduction, which means little text and more space for the posters - exactly how the book should be. It's fascinating to see how posters vary from country to country. The Goldfinger "James Bond Back In Action" posters are a particular favourite.

I've taken off one star because there a number of mistakes in the book (but they should in no way stop you buying this book); a few of the posters have been printed across a double page spread (effectively ruining them); and there's the peculiar decision to include lobby cards for some films but not all. Finally, the book did seem rush finished to get it out in time for the Skyfall release, hence a puny token gesture teaser poster for the film. If the publishers had waited a couple of months, they could have done Skyfall more justice and book would have been complete.
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on 1 December 2012
This is a quite superb and beautifully produced coffee table tome! It gives a movie goers view of all the Bond movies and is a dizzy record of facts and figures and even a few myths created or destroyed! For the quality of paper and production this book was sold at a snip.A lot of work and effort has gone into this production. I gave it to my wife (the book!) who nearly wet herself with pleasure! If you are a book collector of any sort, you must have this on your shelves. But beware.. this is one heavy book and needs both hands to handle it properly..Not exactly bedtime reading..but it will keep you digging around for all manner of facts and figures during daylight hours. Most highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2012
A big, heavy item. Strong slipcase, thick paper ... great product!
I'd say it is a 90-95% job. Fantastic reproductions, great quality here too. Also many unused artworks, very interesting indeed. I have only minor complaints. For instance lobby card-wise only US 11x14s and Italian photobustas were included. Why? Those are great of course, but I miss (examples of) those great 60s/70s German lc's and especially the UK lobby cards! A must! I mean country of origin, right ? A better mix would have done the job. I also would have included some more obscure countries (East European, South American etc.)
Some mistakes here and there (some German re-releases posters are described as first release).
But overall a great book, good design & good captions too. Many items I've never seen before. Well worth the money (of course!)
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on 10 December 2012
This book was made with much care, because every James Bond movie is covered by the posters for cinema release on all the worls, and I was really happy to find some Italian posters of my country I've never saw before (I was too young!).
Photo quality is awesome, and this is a book to keep on your collection for these 50 years of James Bond cinema icon.
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on 2 January 2013
Received this book today, and must say what a super book it is Great Value for the price i paid (£19.25 ) with free super saver delivery.This book has really Good illustrations through out and is really enjoyable to look through.The only dissapointment was that the book got slightly damaged on the corners due to bad packaging
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on 18 January 2013
A must have for Bond fans.

So interesting to see how the posters were tweaked for different markets. There's an awesome OHMSS poster which is worth the price of the book alone.

Brilliant coffee table browsing.
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