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The Making of The Living Daylights Paperback – 5 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Spies LLC (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098441262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984412624
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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When I reviewed Charles Helfenstein's first book, The Making of OHMSS, I ended my review with "It's a shame there isn't a book like this written for each Bond film." Well, Mr. Helfenstein has endeavored to correct that oversight with this second book, covering The Living Daylights from the beginning to the end and beyond. Following the blueprint of his previous book, he covers everything from the first attempt at a Bond reboot before 2006's Casino Royale to the selection of a Fleming short story, Pierce Brosnan getting hired AND fired the first time, enter Timothy Dalton, filming, release, reaction, brief overviews of Dalton's second and ALMOST third film, and the after effects of his brief tenure. I have to admit that this time it took me four days to read the book as I don't have the free time I did when I read the first in what I hope will be a series of "Making of" books from this author. This one is as well written, researched, designed, and illustrated as the last. If you think that Craig guy is the embodiment of Fleming's Bond, think again. What a great Christmas gift for this Bond fan, and a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this amazing film.
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Charles Helfenstein's brilliant book is certainly an advisable read for film buffs. However for Bond fans its a must have. If, like me, you are a fan of Dalton's portrayal of Bond then you are in for a major reward. This book covers everything from the origins of Ian Fleming's original short story (his best one) the discarded 'scriptments' of a then potential reboot of the franchise, the casting issues, the production of the film, the tensions between composer John Barry and pop group a-Ha all the way through to the legacy the film left on the franchise. Being both a major Bond fan and a biased fan of Dalton's performance and his films I was very much looking forward to reading this, despite its astronomical price. However I was surprised at just how much detail Helfenstein went through, and I congratulate him on writing an informative account on the film that not only tried to bring Bond back to his cynical roots but also bravely try and shake up a film series that had become a stale parody of itself.

I really do hope Helfenstein continues with this Bond series, and I'm impressed that his first two books began with the two so called 'unpopular' entries in the series (thankfully time has been very kind to these two films) If he does decide to continue, then I really hope he considers writing a book on Casino Royale, which finally rebooted the franchise and took Bond back into harsh reality. Not to mention the book will no doubt include the long history of how Casino Royale finally reached the screen fifty years after its first publication, and how EON finally got hold of the rights.

The other book in the series I would like to see would be Goldeneye which even though it pulled back the franchise to a lighter and more 'populist' tone, it certainly so called 'rejuvenated' the franchise for a new generation of fans, and made Brosnan, unfairly I might add, a popular Bond.
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Astounding. That's the word that popped into my head when I first laid eyes upon a copy of Charles Helfenstein's phenomenal new book "The Making of the Living Daylights". I've been a James Bond fan and avid collector for more years than I'd care to admit, but I wouldn't hesitate to claim that there are no finer publications adorning my bookshelf than this and Charles' earlier, equally must-have volume "The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Bond fans take note: If you think you've already seen everything that could possibly pique your interest relating to 1987's 25th Anniversary 007 adventure, as you begin to leaf through this deliciously chunky (almost 300 pages) book you realise how completely wrong you were. From an informative perspective alone it's an invaluable document, Charles' research detailing everything about the film's production from seed of an idea to its unleashing upon the world, even touching upon its enduring appeal over the years since (i.e. there's a page of photos devoted to the launch of the film's lead actress Maryam d'Abo's own Bond book a few years back). Yet for many the 24-carat treasures are to be found in the wealth of largely previously unseen imagery; storyboards, deleted scenes, publicity shots, production stills, memorabilia...breathtaking doesn't begin to summarise it. There's more than enough here to keep even the casual cinephile enthralled, but for dedicated Bond fans "The Making of The Living Daylights" is quite simply an essential acquisition. There needs to be a book like this written about every single entry in cinema's longest-running series. Would it be as easy for an author to fire up sufficient enthusiasm to create a volume such as this devoted to, for example, "Quantum of Solace" (the most disappointing film in the entire series in my opinion)?Read more ›
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Like his The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this latest book by Bond scholar Charles Helfenstein is an absolute masterwork! This is a day by day account of the filming of Timothy Dalton's debute Bond film, The Living Daylights, jam-packed with photos, ephemera, and information that you will not find anywhere else. I was especially impressed by the early chapters on the original Ian Fleming short story, and also thrilled that Helfenstein included a detailed description of the original aborted James Bond origin story treatment. For years Bond fans have heard rumors about this, but almost nothing about it has been known. Now here's the whole bloody thing! I also like that Helfenstein takes the Dalton story all the way to the end with a chapter on Licence To Kill and his 3rd unmade film. Passion projects like these are so much more informative than any of slick "official" Bond books out there. So if you're into Bond, or filmmaking in general, I would highly recommend The Making of The Living Daylights.
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