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Published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dr. No, the first James Bond film, James Bond: The Legacy is the official, definitive guide to the 007 phenomenon. Loaded with anecdotes, facts, and illustrations, the book provides features on the key actors, from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, directors, costume and set designers, and others working behind the scenes. Without a doubt, this is the book of the Bond World.

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Overview

Published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dr. No, the first James Bond film, James Bond: The Legacy is the official, definitive guide to the 007 phenomenon. Loaded with anecdotes, facts, and illustrations, the book provides features on the key actors, from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan, directors, costume and set designers, and others working behind the scenes. Without a doubt, this is the book of the Bond World.

James Bond: The Legacy takes readers through a comprehensive-and fun-history of the movies. The book places the films in the context of their times, showing how producers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman drew inspiration from the Cold War and from suave, glamorous icons like Hugh Hefner and JFK, and how later world events shaped story lines-and even how closely the series presaged actual technological developments. As the films move into their fifth decade, the book traces the total Bond impact, through fashion, the Austin Powers films, the Robbie Williams video, and much more, on a whole new generation.

Illustrated with over 550 rare photographs, illustrations, and storyboards from the Bond archives, James Bond: The Legacy ties in with major events and promotions marking 007's 40th anniversary. This will be a must have book for the 2002 holiday season.

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Publishers Weekly
James Bond: women want him, and men want to be him. It's hard to do justice to such a mythic character, but documentary producers Cork and Scivally manage just that with this volume, a tasty feast for any 007 aficionado. An oversized book with more than 550 illustrations, it's essentially a lengthy love letter to one of the greatest film franchises of all time. The authors occasionally drift into the melodramatic (e.g., "What would a world be like without Bond?" they wonder), but also bring a host of juicy behind-the-scenes tales to the table, including battles with UK censors over the moniker Pussy Galore, one of the most celebrated of all Bond seductresses. Of course, the book touches on Bonds through the ages, from the incomparable Sean Connery to the underrated Roger Moore to today's hunk, Pierce Brosnan. Although much of today's superspy adulation is directed toward Austin Powers, Mike Meyers's campy Bond knock-off, sometimes, only the original will do. This snazzy book adroitly fits the bill. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Bond, James Bond. The signature music, the hot cars and hotter babes, the gadgets, and the exotic locales are among the intoxicating ingredients that comprise the ultimate fantasy character. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No. Five actors and 19 adventures later, our bond with Bond remains strong. And it's not just male Bonding: 007 is loved equally by women. This detailed, photo-rich (550 pix) tome chronicles the Bond story and beyond; the text not only offers background on the character and the productions but juxtaposes him within the world's political climate, which the films reflect. Although the plots are formulaic--the spy saves the world from a supercharged psychopath--producer Cubby Broccoli worked with writers, directors, and actors to subtly refine the British agent throughout the decades while keeping the stories entertaining. Our man 007 has inspired imitators from Indiana Jones to Austin Powers, but there's no substitute for the original, and this title offers a detailed dossier of facts and photos that fans will find essential. Highly recommended. [This book and Nourmand's are being published to coincide with the release of the 20th Bond flick, Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, and Dame Judi Dench.DEd.]--Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810982529
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 14.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    James Bond Encyclopedia

    If you are one of those James Bond fans who want to read more about Ian Fleming and his fictional character named James Bond, this is the book. This one was published with the James Bond book collectors in mind - very comprehensive up to "Die Another Day". Unfotunately, you will not read much information on "Casino Royale" (the book was published before the film was released).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    For the Bond fan

    Its a great Bond book. I would also highly recommend Geneva Nights, for those wanting to read about a real life person whose life is almost comparitable to Bonds. Although instead of spying he promotes humanitarian issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    A Must-Have Book for the James Bond Fan

    A wonderful book. Each and every Bond film is included -- the only book that covers all of them -- with a wealth of descriptive information. But the what really makes the book is the photos. This is a coffee table book filled with great photos -- a collection unmatched in any other Bond book, or for that matter, any other movie book I've seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    The best book yet written about the James Bond films.

    There have been a lot of books written about the James Bond films and phenomenon; I should know because I¿ve read them all! That¿s why I feel uniquely qualified and very confident in saying that this latest book (written by the two gentlemen who produced the special edition James Bond DVDs) is without a doubt THE best book yet written about the James Bond films! If you¿re baffled as to which book to add to you movie library, look no further because here you will find information and photos that you will not find anywhere else. What makes this book so good? Well, first off, it's HUGE in size! A great coffee table book to be sure. The graphic layout is extremely well done and all the films are given equal time (not the case with some of the other books which tend to fixate on the Connery era). Also, for the first time in any official publication, we have coverage of the two ¿unofficial¿ James Bond films: NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN and CASINO ROYALE. Up until now these two ¿rogue¿ films have been missing from all official publications for legal reasons. JAMES BOND THE LEGACY is the first book to be published after MGM took ownership of these films, so now we are able to hear the fascinating stories of how they came to be made and, most interestingly, how they impacted and influenced the official series. Great stuff! But what I like most about JAMES BOND THE LEGACY is how the authors look at each film within the historical context of when it was made. They focus not only on what was going on with the Bond producers at the time, but also what was going on in the world; what socio-political and even cinematic trends the Bond films were keying into. This really brings a new understanding to each film and helps explain why James Bond has endured while other ¿pop culture spies¿ (Matt Helm, Derek Flint, xXx J) failed to connect beyond their time and have long since disappeared. Most people think James Bond films are ¿all the same¿, but you will discover here that they are not. In this book I learned how throughout its amazing 20- year history the Bond filmmakers made subtle-- and sometimes very bold--changes in the tone of the series and to the character of James Bond himself. This is much more than a simple look at the production and plot of each film, this is a major work on one of the most famous fictional characters of the 20th century. Oh, and the book also gives a detailed look at the new Bond movie, DIE ANOTHER DAY, with some pictures that lead me to believe this could be the best Bond movie of them all! This alone makes it stand above the rest as definitive. JAMES BOND THE LEGACY is a must buy for all James Bond fans and anyone interested in 20th century popular culture. Again, if you buy just one book about James Bond, make it this one.

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