Here it is: the full fantastic lowdown on James Bond. An extraordinary expose of the life and love of Agent Double O Seven the most famous super-spy in modern fiction. This is a daringly documented and racy report on James Bond's phenomenal exploits, amazing genius, incredible career....
|Title||:||007 James Bond: A Report|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||127 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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007 James Bond: A Report Reviews
Honestly, I think I expected alot more out of this book, it just seems like the book was full of guessing and information that you would already know if you read the Ian Flemings series.
I remember reading this in college, after it was lent to me by a mutual friend. It was nothing new, not really a bad read either.The premise is that James Bond is real and they treat him as if needed a biography written on him.Problem is that if you have read the Fleming books you already have the info from this book.
Read this back around when it first came out, so I must have been, what...13 or so? Back in my James Bond, Man From U.N.C.L.E. phase - what a weird kid I must have been. And what a weird kid I apparently still am...This was the first "scholarly" look at James Bond, written while Fleming was still alive and scribbling, so doesn't cover the later books like You Only Live Twice, Man With the Golden Gun, and Octopussy, (the last two of which were published posthumously). It's also interesting to consider the stories in their written - rather than filmed - order, since the movie series is WAY out of line with how the books were published. Same for the characters and plots - these are the original book versions, with less action and more cartoonish bad guys than in the films, (I know, hard to believe). That said, Snelling does include a few comments on first two movies (which again, were the 6th and 5th books in the series), basically comments on casting (loved Bond and Moneypenny, but thought M was way too young and should have been played by C. Aubrey Smith - Google it for a quick laugh).The book's divided into five sections- His Predecessors, His Image, His Women, His Adversariesand His Future - although His Women alone takes up nearly half the book. His Predecessors is interesting in that it reminds us just how OLD James Bond is, and what a ground-breaking character he initially was, (kind of like how people forget what a revolutionary movie the first "Star Wars" was when it came out). Bond is quaintly compared to "the Terrible Trio" of popular fiction between the two World Wars - Bulldog Drummond, Jonah Mansel and Richard Hannay, only one of who I've even ever heard of.Anyway - fun to revisit, and interesting to learn that what were originally considered among the best books - Moonraker, for example - were turned into the worst movies. Which forces me to repeat something that my friends are probably sick of hearing - instead of trying to come up with new Bond stories like "Skyfall" and SPECTRE," who doesn't Hollywood (or England or whatever) just remake some of the original movies - especially the terrible Roger Moore ones? There are good stories there, and other movies get remade all the time. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want to see a decent, non-campy version of Diamonds are Forever or Man With the Golden Gun?