- 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)
The James Bond Bedside Companion Paperback – 11 Sep 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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Raymond Benson's James Bond Bedside Companion came at a time when there was no reference guide to the James Bond phenomenon - hard to imagine in this day and age. Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Raubenheimer