Bond, James Bond: Behind the 007 scenes, from Dr. No to the latest release Spectre
“Bond, James Bond.” Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 24 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades.
In collaboration with EON Productions, this trade edition of The James Bond Archives includes all the same stunning imagery and behind-the-scenes knowledge as the original XL book, just with a smaller format and a softer price-tag. The result is an affordable, compact yet comprehensive record of every single Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Spectre (2015).
The wealth of on-set photos, unseen stills, set designs, storyboards, production memos, is supplemented by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members. From producers to stuntmen, directors to production designers, these personal narratives relate the true, inside story from the Bond sets, offering outstanding insight into the personalities and processes behind the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.
My rating is five stars for the content of the book, I am a big Bond fan and have many books on Bond and own all the films. This is currently my favorite Bond book. I agree with the reviews of the book regarding its content. I've read the book almost cover to cover and there is so much information I have learned about the making of the films from those involved, Produces, Directors, Actors, Photographers, Stunt Men, etc. I have never seen most of the hundreds of the photographs in the book which was a real treat. It made me watch about a dozen of the films again!
One star rating for the quality of the binding. As a book collector who owns over 3,000 books and about a third of them large books on Art, Architecture and Photography I can tell you that beside content, there are three important aspects to an oversized book: Binding, Print Quality and Paper Quality. This book fails miserably on the quality of the binding as the signatures (groups of pages) are glued into the...
First off this is a great book, if you are a Bond fan this this is a must own, but if you are a real Bond you'll own Both copies because there are some differences between the two books other than the price $52 for the Spectre Edition and depending where you get the original Edition $130, except for the Spectre information the books have all the same information and all the pages up to that are the same, here's where things change up a bit the Spectre Edition is smaller...quite a bit smaller 10x13 and 8 pounds compared to 12.5x19 and 16 pounds the Original Edition comes with a Brown Cardboard carrying case, The cover material is different the Original Edition has a tight Alligator print compared to a smooth cover and both books the corners and spine are covered in a black canvas, The Original Edition also comes with a 35mm film strip (I got Dr. NO), The one problem I have with both books is they needed to be two volumes and needed a sleeve to keep the book in (there is something about...
The content of this book is nicely put together. Being a 007 aficionado, I totally love that the inside of the covers was the shooting schedule and call sheet for "From Russia with Love". I enjoyed reading the additional materials that I didn't know before as well as being excited to see stuff that I've seen elsewhere being included in this book.
However, my main issue is the quality of this book in terms of it being put together. When I received this book from Amazon, it was in a very big box. The book itself had no cardboard backing or shrink wrap around it. Also, on my book, the edge of the top binder arrived dented out of the box. Maybe it was from shipping, the bad packaging, or maybe the work from publishing company. However, you would think for this kind of movie memorabilia book, it would at least be shrink wrap.
Someone else pointed out that the binders were coming apart after a few readings and I have to agree to that as well as I too am...
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