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on 29 May 2017
In The Art of Bond, acclaimed author, director, and producer Laurent Bouzereau takes readers behind the camera for a true insider's look at the creation of the Bond legacy. Packed with insightful quotes from cast and crew, plus hundreds of behind the scenes photographs this book is a visual tribute to a cinematic icon.
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on 20 March 2016
Bought for my partner, he loved it.
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on 19 February 2016
Brilliant and informative book
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on 17 June 2015
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 13 February 2009
The book title is deceiving. This is not an art book.

This book is about the history on the making of James Bond movies, up until Casino Royale. That's all 21 films if you're counting.

Included are lots of on-set photographs, some concept artwork consisting mainly of storyboards. There are also interviews with key talents like Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Ken Adam, John Barry and Martin Campbell.

In essence, this book is about the history of James Bond and how it made it to the big screen. Many production stories are included in the interviews, like how they fix up the set, cast characters and choose music. These stories come in the form of interviewees' quotes. There is no narration in the book.

The book could be thicker given James Bond's long and illustrious history. I just can't help thinking about how much stuff they left out. I guess they may be covered in other James Bond books.

It's a good read overall, but mainly for James Bond fans.

Here's the list of chapters:

* Bond Words: the novels, the screenplays, the dialogue
* Bond Worlds: sets, locations, gadgets and cars
* Making It Real: the team, the actors, filming the action
* Bond Scores: the music, the songs, the title sequences
* Bond Takes On The World: the marketing, the release
* James Bond Will Return
* Picture Captions

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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VINE VOICEon 19 June 2008
..a superior attitude. But he was very sweet. I had never read any of the books but I was familiar with the cartoon strips that appeared in the newspapers. That's all I knew of Bond really."

So said John Barry, composer of the James Bond theme, in what may have been the only reference to Ian Fleming in this book, which was bought for me for fathers' day. This is basically a coffee table book of the Bond films, full of pictures from the Films as well as storyboards, set designs, pictures of the filming and advertising material. The pictures are accompanied by a series of quotations or anecdotes from those involved in the making of the films, including directors like Guy Hamilton and Michael Apted and lots of other participants, other film makers who say they were influences by Bond like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, and the writers of spy fiction like Ken Follett.

Visually the book is impressive. I would have found titles for the pictures useful, but they are listed with full explanations at the back. The collection of quotations seem a little disjointed, but contain some gems - for example the story of how Cubby Broccoli almost cut out the one-liner in Diamonds are Forever where Bond tells Felix Leiter where the diamonds are hidden: "Alimentary, my dear Leiter". Broccoli thought that no one would get this reference to Sherlock Holmes, and may be they did not at the time, but it is surely one of the great lines for aficionados following the films today.

Laurent Bouzereau is a director himself - of documentaries about films and film making. This book is doubtless an easy achievement on the back of that expertise - harsh critics might say a lazy achievement - but if you like the Bond films and want some light background reading and pictures, this is a good book to have around.
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on 12 October 2006
I've only just bought this book and had a glance through the whole thing. It's filled with lots of great quality photos both of the films and behind the scenes with some informative quotes from the crew including producers, directors, stuntmen and some other film makers who have been influenced by Bond such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It's the sort of book you can pick up for 2 minutes rather than reading for the afternoon as the emphasis really is on the photos.

Casino Royale: Theres a fair amount of photos from the new film. Many of which have already been seen on the internet etc but there are a few new ones, mainly the first full shot of Bond being tortured. I'd think carefully if your only buying this book for Casino Royale info though as the upcoming Bond On Set book would be more down your street but it's great to compare it to the previous films.

My only complaint is that theres virtually nothing from any of the 80s Bond films. They just seem to have been ignored which is a shame really as the book has little on timothy Dalton or any of the later Moore films. Otherwise a great book let down by this one appalling oversight.
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on 21 October 2006
A great book full of parts of interviews with the production team behind forty years of Bond and people who were influenced by Bond. It also has lots and lots of pictures.

A quality product with picture captions at the back by Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer. All in all well worth the price.
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