The James Bond Archives: SPECTRE Edition Hardcover – 23 Nov 2015
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"Lavish. That's the only word to describe this glossy Bond-fest packed with behind-the-scenes photos and interviews with brave stuntmen." "...a behind-the-scenes portrait of how the world's most famous martini-drinking spy made it to the big screen-again and again and again." "The only Bond book you'll ever need."
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Not just for fans of the Bond franchise but film fans and movie historians, this is a landmark publication.
The best just got immeasurably better.
A fantastic, glorious and stunning work of art.
An undisputed very very highly recommended, essential purchase.
This edition was published in 2015 and includes all the movies up to "Spectre". There is another version of the book that came out in 2012 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bond movies - it goes up to "Skyfall". The contents of both books are identical, although this newer book obviously includes "Spectre". The difference is that the 2012 version is larger at at 393.7 x 495.3 x 93.98mm and weighing almost 7.4kg. Both books are fantastic, but the newer book is much cheaper if you are cost conscious.
It starts with an interesting preface by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli - the custodians of the Bond franchise - welcoming you to the world of Bond. There is a striking photo of Sean Connery, Ian Fleming, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman - really the four men who made Bond happen.
Next is an extensive "Playboy" interview with Bond's literary creator Ian Fleming. He says "There is only one recipe for a best seller. You have to get the reader to turn over the page". And, he described Bond as "A blunt instrument wielded by a government department. Hard, ruthless, sardonic, fatalistic. He likes gambling, golf, fast motor cars".
From this point, the book chronologically goes through every Bond movie from "Dr No" to "Spectre". The photographs are incredible throughout - a mixture of full page black and white and colour images from the movies, and smaller pictures surrounded by text. Some of the best photos include Sean Connery in the casino with the first Bond woman Sylvia Trench in "Dr No", Sean Connery being temporarily outwitted by Captain Nash on the train in "From Russia With Love", landscape shots of Piz Glora from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and Roger Moore meeting Major Anya Amasova for the first time at the Pyramids in "The Spy Who Loved Me".
As well as photographs, there are many diagrams, art designs of scenes and costumes, plans for stunts, posters and images of the cameras and crew at work. Once you have read through one of the movie sections, you almost feel like you have watched the movie itself - such is the detail.
The accompanying text is a very well edited mixture of contributions from various sources, including Cubby Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli as well as many actors, directors and producers from the movies. This gives it a fast-paced feel - almost like over-hearing experts having a conversation about the making of the movies. They give unique insights into the movie-making process, revealing what their strategies and objectives were, and stating what worked well and what was ultimately disappointing.
For example, the Bond series needed shifts in emphasis after Sean Connery left after "You Only Live Twice". By bringing in an unknown George Lazenby everyone thought they would definitely succeed, but "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was not the hit they had hoped for. And after Roger Moore's first two Bonds were not total successes, the team decided to throw everything at "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" to go bigger and better than ever before. The gamble paid off. Also, when they cast Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig, the strategy was to get Bond back to basics and closer to Ian Fleming's original literary creation.
Not only are all the "official" movies up to "Spectre" covered, but two "unofficial" ones are included. The 1967 version of "Casino Royale" to many people is a farce and a disgrace, and although you can applaud the thoroughness of the authors to include it, the truth is that it may have been better to leave it out. It is so loosely based on the "real" Bond character, that it seems out of place in a serious Bond book. However, the inclusion of the 1983 "Never Say Never Again" is probably justified, as although it was made outside the official franchise, it is a serious effort at a Bond movie, and after all - it has Sean Connery in it!
The overall quality of the book is top notch too, amazing paper, binding and the resolution of the printing is nothing short of stellar. It does include a complete Spectre (2015) section making it a complete telling (at least until the next film :).
I've seen the Original Mega-Size Edition, but never owned it, though I must say that the size of this edition is very satisfying and actually easier to read and for 30 quid... How could you possibly go wrong?!? Brilliant...Simply Brilliant!