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Bond Girls Are Forever: The Women of James Bond Hardcover – 17 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; First Edition By Number String edition (17 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752215507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752215501
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 36 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Still the definitive tome on James's ladies...Perfect posh porn for your coffee table'
-- Sunday Times Style magazine

About the Author

Maryam D'Abo starred in The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton in 1987 and in 2002 produced the international documentary on the Bond Girl phenomenon entitled Bond Girls Are Forever. She lives in London. John Cork has co-written the bestselling James Bond: The Legacy, a tribute to forty years of Bond films. In his career he has conducted over one hundred and fifty interviews with the creative talents behind the 007 films and produced, wrote and directed thirty documentaries for MGM's releases of the James Bond films on DVD, including biographies of Ian Fleming, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

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Beginning with the 007 novels of Ian Fleming, d'Abo and Cork delineate the archetypes and trace the evolution of Bond girls from the 1953 novel 'Casino Royale' to the 2002 film 'Die Another Day.' Along the way, the reader is treated to insights from the actresses who so brilliantly brought these fantasy sex-symbols to life.
The book is also a feast for the eyes, with page after stunning page of color and black-and-white photos of the world's most glamorous and alluring women - many of them rarely, if ever, seen before. All in all, it is a must-have addition to any James Bond fan's library - and just in time for Christmas!
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BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER is an excellent -- and I’d even say essential -- companion book to John Cork and Bruce Scivally's THE JAMES BOND LEGACY. This time Cork (who is probably THE authority on all things James Bond) writes with former Bond Girl Maryam d'Abo, and her insights are interesting and welcome. Far from being just a picture book, BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER traces the evolution of the Bond Girl through the 50 year history of James Bond. In reading this book it struck me how worthy a topic this is. There is a misconception that the Bond Girl is superficial sexpot in a bikini. Not true. Cork and D'Abo point out how, from the beginning, Bond Girls have been strong independent women and professionals of many kinds (spies, astronauts, scientists, pilots, etc.). If anyone is superficial it's the character of James Bond. While Bond never changes, the Bond Girls have evolved from decade to decade and have reflected their times (and predicted trends) in fascinating ways. We are reminded that 007 started out as a literary hero, and Cork first introduces us to the women who populated the novels of Ian Fleming. He correctly shows us that it was Fleming who laid out the template for what would become the phenomenon of the cinematic Bond Girl. (I find it’s ironic that the foundation of Halle Berry's Jinx in 2002 was born of a middle-aged racially insensitive Englishman in the 1950s.) Too bad the book doesn’t go into the female characters created by later Bond authors like John Gardner and Raymond Benson, but perhaps only hardcore Bond fans like me would find that interesting.
Like LEGACY, BOND GIRLS doesn’t fixate on the Connery era of the '60s, but gives us the whole history of the Bond phenomenon in equal measures.
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Bought this book for not only a special event coming up on the 21st March 2015, but because I spent three weeks in Vienna visiting in the foot steps of Marayam D'Abo at the Prater park and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna back in 1989. This is a huge book by todays standards, and reminds me of the large books I used to sell At WHSmiths When I left School. However, this allows older stills and colour pictures to be vastly larger than we see normally. Very well written By D'Abo and Cork, it first takes us through the films, and then on to each Bond Girls take on "being A Bond Girl", and their thoughts of being in some of the fabulous locations in the World. Its a fascination glimpse of the Girls of Bond, and recommend it to almost any Bond fan. I am taking the book to, the NEC memorabilia event in a weeks time. To meet Maryam D'Abo in person, as she is attending, and hopefully she will sign this book, which will be the icing on the cake of my love affair with the "Living Daylights". I also have connections linked to the film by being an Eastbourne Born person, and noticed in the film, parts of Beachy Head and some areas, That I heard later was used to shoot the Malta scene land Rover over the Cliff!
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I love James Bond, especially the glamour of the Bond Girls and this book really delivers, am well leased with my purchase.
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