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This review is from: The James Bond Archives (Hardcover)
V quick mini review as this incredible publication has just arrived at the house and I'm only just starting to feast my eyes on it.
This is a thing of beauty; I have the 1st edition of The Stanley Kubrick Archives, and I thought that that book was never likely to be bettered, but I was mistaken - THIS does!
My copy has 12 frames of Connery beating up the phony chauffeur from Kingston airport [ DR NO ]; I might get this encapsulated in plastic as a stand-alone item to sit on my bookshelf!
The book itself is superb; beautifully bound, printed in eye-popping clarity with thousands of fascinating images from EON's archive, and sumptuous frame-captures, printed full-page.
It includes the two rogue Bonds - Casino Royale  and the dreadful Never Say Never Again.
A smaller section on Skyfall is included which - alas! - doesn't contain any screen-captures from Danny Kleinnman's superb main titles.[ These were the last elements of the film to be completed before digital 'prints' were struck of the movie, 10 days before the world premiere.]
In this half-century year, a fitting tribute to 50 years of Double-Oh-Seven.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2012 18:42:10 GMT
Thank you very much for the info. I'm from the USA and there were no reviews there yet. One thing - the USA version shows 592 pages while the UK one has 600. I wonder why.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2012 20:17:06 GMT
Probably a typo; that, or Americans don't count Bibliography, Acknowledgemets, Index etc as pages.
You Americans ARE different, after all.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2012 20:20:15 GMT
The new movie is very good, but not as impressive as Casino Royale.
I love the Bay Area, by the way!
Enjoy the movie on Nov 9th!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2012 21:41:24 GMT
The Bay Area is gorgeous except for those occasional pesky earthquakes! I love English history and have always wanted to visit England & Scotland.
Do you think Skyfall is better than Quantum of Solace? Casino Royale is my favorite Bond movie - I can't believe I'm writing this because Sean Connery was always my idea of Bond until Daniel Craig. Perhaps it's the times - the cold war is over and the bad guys aren't as simplistic as with previous Bond movies. (Although I still love Auric Goldfinger!)
I do have to say that when I watch the Bond movies I need to have the English subtitles on - we may speak the same language but (ahem) I guess those of us on this side of the pond speak a little slower!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 07:34:41 GMT
Skyfall is in a different league from QOS - there's no comparison.
The two standout performances in the new film are from Javier Bardem and Berenice Marlohe; both are superb, and Marlohe is only in the film for 20 minutes!
Craig is not so impressive in this film I thought - weirdly, since I hate the film, he's much better in Quantum, much more intense; in this film he phoned his performance in.
It's dark, like Casino Royale, and very British this time [ half the movie is set in Britain ]; it's full of subtle references to the previous movies, and the chase through London gives the hardcore fans the chase sequence through London that was storyboarded and partially-filmed for OHMSS.
All that said, there's still only one 007 - and it's not mister Craig!
See this film in IMAX - I saw it in both formats, but the IMAX presentation is awesome.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 13:48:33 GMT
Film Fan says:
Dear Dee, I'm the editor. The book was originally to be 592 pages, but the index etc ran long, so we bumped up the page count to 600. You'll get the same book in the US as the UK.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 15:40:23 GMT
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Mark, in your opinion, which actor is the "only 007"? Connery?
Maybe it's a girl thing but Craig... well, I loved his scenes with Vesper. Also, I liked seeing how he "became" Bond. Perhaps that's why I adored Craig.
Speaking of adoration, Javier Bardem - what a great actor. Can't wait to see him, blonde hair and all.
Thank you for the tip on seeing the film in IMAX.
BTW, you mentioned the Bay Area - have you been here?
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 15:42:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2012 15:43:35 GMT
Film Fan, thank you for the info. I went ahead and ordered the book. It will be my Christmas gift for myself. It will also be the most expensive book I've ever purchased!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 16:31:36 GMT
Sean. The definitive Bond; Craig is great, in everything he does, and excellent as 007; he was the only bearable element of QOS, which ironically has to be one of the weakest Bonds of the entire series in my opinion.
I LOVED Casino Royale - it's up there with Dr No, Russia, Goldfinger and OHMSS; it's so fabulously retro yet modern at the same time, and has moments that are pure Fleming. I love movies with great endings [ French Connection 2, The Usual Suspects, Butch Cassidy, No Way Out ] - and CR has a killer ending which makes you want to see the next film NOW; this is one [ not the only, but one] reason why Quantum was such a crushing disappointment.
This new film addresses all of the mistakes they made with Quantum, and sits nicely alongside CR. It has some great moments as good as anything in CR; a stunning sequence in a Shanghai skyscraper at night, and a weirdly-beautiful and sinister sequence on Silva's deserted island, to name just two. It's a strong return to form, which suggests that the middle film was just a glitch.
I lived in the States for a few years in the early noughties, and visted SF twice; it's my favourite part of America - beautiful! You are SO lucky to live in the country that you do.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 17:10:19 GMT
Mark, I do understand how you feel about Connery. As I previously wrote, he was my favorite until Craig although it's probably because the times are so different. Perhaps I'm judging Connery by 21st century standards.
Aw, give QoS a break - there was a writer's strike during filming and they were basically stuck with the script as written. Please at least tell me you enjoyed the ending!
My least favorite Bond film is probably Moonraker. I would say A View to a Kill but that was mostly filmed in the Bay Area and I enjoyed seeing familiar sites. (Although I can still hear Tanya Roberts and her constant "James!" screeching).
Mark, I told myself I wouldn't ask but... did you ever see Diana, Princess of Wales or the Queen? (And, no, I've never seen any of the Presidents here, lol).