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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bond and Were Afraid to Ask, 23 Sep 2013
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Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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Bond was the first of the Bluffer's Guides I have come across, and if this is representative of the series I was quite impressed. I thought I knew quite a lot about Bond, but this little book really does approach the subject from all directions and gives the sort of briefing that will make any bluffer seem knowledgeable.

This really is a compendium of all the known facts about Bond. Bond the man, likes, dislikes, tastes in food and drink, especially drink. Discussion of the Bonds, well only the obvious six, but strangely not Derek Niven who starred in the first spoof version of Casino Royale in 1967. The film does merit a mention as does the only other non EON film, Never Say Never Again. There is a lot on the background to the films, which book or short story they came from, as well as the post Fleming authors and the subsequent films. Plus, of course, an enormous amount of Bond trivia.

After reading through this you are going to know a lot more about Bond than anyone you are likely to be discussing him with and, as importantly, this is really quite a fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Bond Fans, 17 July 2014
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Bond (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)
Even though I'm not the biggest Bond fan in the world, the Guide has definitely got me interested in learning more. The Guide offers a decent analysis on the finer points of the Bond universe, from who played the best Bond in the films to why Bond orders his drinks shaken and not stirred. It even has its opinions on the most recent films. For anyone who already loves Bond or wants to know more about him, I would definitely recommend picking this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bond Bombshell, 3 Nov 2013
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Peter (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Bond (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)
This is one of the better of the Bluffer's Guides. Some (the Cricket one, for example) struggle to be funny in a Terry Thomas sort of way at the expense of interesting information. The Bond Bluffer's Guide is packed full of information. The subject matter makes it easy, because there are so many avenues to explore: comparing each book or story against the corresponding film; comparing Bond actors; examining the sources Fleming used (and attempting to identify who the "real Bond" really was), silly Bond one-liners and Roger Moore's eyebrow, Bond girls (or rather the actresses who played them); Bond cars; the "shaken not stirred" business. And there's the two "unofficial" films. There's a lot to know about Bond.

The author makes clear his preference of the books over the films, and quite right too: although they are adventure stories, Bond's character is much more interesting in the books. He has come strange likes and dislikes: he hates tea, but loves scrambled eggs. In the films, he's a comic cutout - although this has changed a bit in the last couple of films.

The only thing I can think of that's missing from the guide is the James Bond tie-in games (Goldeneye 007 Reloaded and the like). That's not particularly fruitful territory, though, so perhaps best avoided.

There really is quite a bit of information in this little book. Be careful to skip past the plot summaries if (like me) you're working your way through the Bond Reloaded audiobooks: you probably don't want to be reminded about what may or may not happen. It's quite interesting to go back to them afterwards, though.

And who really was James Bond? A complex question, but this is where the name came from: Birds of the West Indies (Collins Field Guide). Honestly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for both fans and newbies, 15 May 2013
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J. Lyne (Forres, Morayshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Bond (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)
This short guide will take you through enough Bond to allow you to understand many of the nuances of the modern Bond movies. There are quick snippets of info which you can drop into conversations as well as more involved sections which describe him more fully and are taken from the original novels.

For the true fan this is an essential guide whilst for those new to the character it will explain a whole lot more than can be gleaned from the silver screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Reimagining Of The Bond Legend, 14 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Bond (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)
James Bond is a national treasure -- but he's also a fictional character and if you've seen the films and perhaps dabbled in a book or two, you think you know all you want or need to know. The Bluffer's Guide made me realise otherwise: it's a witty, tightly crafted contextualisation of the Bond story, that takes the character out of his films and re-examines him from different, compelling angles. It's detailed but easy to read, witty without undermining the subject matter. You finish knowing more about Bond, but also why it's worth knowing more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!, 31 Oct 2012
Being an avid Bond fan, my husband was confident he knew everything there was to know about Mr Bond - that was until he read the Bluffer's Guide. Brilliant download, brilliant read, brilliant Bond!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Bond (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)
As this is my very first kindle download I was really happy with my choice of buy. I throughly enjoyed this read and any of you Bond fanatics out there I would highly recommend you do so too!!
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