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A must for fans of the films, or the books!,
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This review is from: Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies (Kindle Edition)
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the début film, Dr. No, Sir Roger has co-authored this "fan book" of thoughts and anecdotes from each of the 22 films to date (along with the "rival" production Never Say Never Again, the dreadful 1967 Casino Royale, and of course Fleming's literary Bond!).
At £25.00 RRP the hardback edition is rather steeply priced - although understandably so, given that it contains over 250 full-colour reproductions of everything from scenes from the films, to the cars and gadgets which were used in them, to "behind the camera" stills, to advert campaigns used at the time of each film's release.
On the other hand the Kindle edition is a snip at £6.99, and it still has all the photos, perfectly viewable on a Kindle Keyboard albeit in b&w. (You can always use Kindle for PC if you want to see them in colour.)
As for the book itself, it's very much a coffee-table sort of affair, with 11 self-contained chapters ranging from "Bond on Beginnings" (how the franchise started), through "Bond on Girls" and "Bond on Cars", to "Bond on Bonds" where he discusses the merits of the other five Bond actors!
There are some wonderful anecdotes here. For example, he tells us how the rarely-seen Q of the novels became the iconic Q of the films, played by Desmond Llewelyn until 1999. Or how he was filming the boat chase scene in The Man With The Golden Gun, fell into the water and was greeted under the water by a decaying corpse! Or again how, whilst filming The Spy Who Loved Me in Luxor, he managed to persuade Barbara Bach that a burka-clad woman walking past was a Catholic nun!
Thanks to his ongoing friendships with the other Bond actors as well as many cast and crew members from the films, the anecdotes aren't limited to his seven films either: there is plenty here for the fan to devour about the making of Connery's films, Lazenby's one, Dalton's two, and right up to the present day.
The Kindle edition has been specially (and very nicely) formatted for Kindle, and even contains a substantial index so that you can look up any people or anecdotes as they spring to mind later!
On a slightly niggling note, I did find Moore's self-deprecating humour was laid on a bit thick in the first couple of chapters; and the chapter "Bond on Gadgets" reads more like a roll call of 50 years of essential spy gear than any kind of memoir.
Also, this is definitely a fans' book: some of the reminiscences are rather in-jokey ("After all, Q is quick to remind us, 'I never joke about my work, 007'."). But for anyone who is a fan, either of the films or the books, and wanting to know more before the new film comes out later this month, this is an essential buy.