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The James Bond Bedside Companion Paperback – 11 Sep 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; First Edition edition (11 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852832339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852832339
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is the fourth appearance of Raymond Benson's 'Bond Bible' that has proven so elusive over the years. First published in USA in 1984, a revised and updated second edition appeared in UK in 1988, before a facsimile 'print on demand' edition appeared in USA in 2001. This 2012 Kindle version is the 1988 edition albeit with a further new introduction by the author. Why should you invest? Simply because it has never been outclassed in its coverage of both books and films. An enjoyable skim for the casual fan, there's enough depth to satisfy the enthusiast.

For those who don't know, in the 80s Benson was a theatre graduate working a day job while making a name for himself as a director and composer. A music, book and film buff with a particular love for James Bond, he spent three years researching the Bedside Companion which was then nominated for an Edgar. Its success saw him interview and befriend 1980s Bond author John Gardner, write several 007 role play games and earn him the respect of fans and Glidrose (then holder of the literary Bond copyright) as the leading authority on the Bond books. After Gardner retired from the role, Benson was entrusted with the job between 1997 and 2002: for me, his James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels are worthy of the best of Fleming. In short, the guy knew his stuff.

The Bedside Companion is both a comprehensive analysis of the James Bond canon and a blueprint for his later 007 fiction. It has 5 sections: The Bond Phenomenon, a narrative timeline across all media between the 50s and 80s; a potted biography of Ian Fleming; a biography of Bond himself; and sections on the novels and films.
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The book was NOT signed.
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This book is a truly fantastic collection of knowledge about the James Bond franchise. Covering the books to the films up to the late 1980s, this comprehensive guide is sure to inform and entertain any reader.

I initially purchased the kindle edition of this book, to help me write my dissertation. I found the book to be invaluable, but the kindle edition sadly did not contain page numbers so I bought a physical copy of the book too.

Overall, highly recommended.
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Brilliant Book, covers Fleming's life and all the Novels and Films, even some of the early J Gardner Books. First printed in the early 80s so not up to date But still a very interesting read.
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It's a fun read but needs to be updated stopping after the living daylights not sure in the age of DVD and streaming we need the film plots either but still fun to read
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Due another update or two and maybe some colour illustrations but a great compendium to accompany one of the most successful film franchises of all time!
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