The man with the golden touch : how the Bond films conquered the world

by McKay, Sinclair.

Format: Print Book 2010
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1995.9.J3 M35 2010x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN1995.9.J3 M35 2010x
Yet the role of James Bond, which transformed Sean Connery's career in 1962 when Dr No came out, still retained its star-making power in 2006 when Daniel Craig made his Bond debut in Casino Royale. This is the story of how, with the odd misstep along the way, the owners of the Bond franchise, Eon Productions, have contrived to keep James Bond abreast of the zeitgeist and at the top of the charts for 45 years, through 21 films featuring six Bonds, three M's, two Q's and three Moneypennies. Thanks to the films, Fleming's original creation has been transformed from a black sheep of the post-war English upper classes into a figure with universal appeal, constantly evolving to keep pace with changing social and political circumstances. Having interviewed people concerned with all aspects of the films, Sinclair McKay is ideally placed to describe how the Bond 'brand' has been managed over the years as well as to give us the inside stories of the supporting cast of Bond girls, Bond villains, Bond cars and Bond gadgetry. Sinclair McKay, formerly assistant features editor of the Daily Telegraph, works as a freelance writer and journalist. He is also the author of A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films, which the Guardian called 'A splendid history' and the Independent on Sunday described as 'Brisk, cheerful and enthusiastic.'
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Not a making-of film book, like so many others, but rather an exploration of the themes and impact of the James Bond movies, this lively volume is sure to appeal to fans of 007. The author, clearly a huge Bond fan himself, writes with a wry tone, but he's brimming with knowledge and insight. He tracks the movies from their origin, as cold-war spy adventures, through their transition to fantastic adventures in supervillainy, to horror of horrors! quaint artifacts of a bygone era, and then, inevitably, back around to relevance again. He compares and contrasts the movies to their source material, Ian Fleming's novels and short stories, and he fills the book with delightful Bond arcana. Fans know, for example, that Bond's first screen appearance was in 1954, on American television, where he was a CIA agent called Jimmy, but do they also know that in 1956 a British actor, Bob Holness, played Bond in a South African radio dramatization? Or that, in the early 1980s, the films' producers seriously considered replacing Roger Moore with James Brolin? McKay explores the key ingredients of a Bond movie Maurice Binder's titles, Ken Adam's mammoth sets, the Bond girls, a star who looks like he could kill (and who looks good in fine clothes) and he examines the wide-ranging impact the movies have had on pop culture. Without Bond, he asks, would we have had Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, or Austin Powers? A splendid book, packed with information and combining astute analysis with the enthusiasm of a hard-core fan.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This delightful critical appreciation celebrates the longest-running of all film franchises as much for its absurd excesses as for its stylish thrills. Journalist McKay considers the films' family-run production company to be the Bond saga's true auteur and devotes a chapter to each of the movies up through the groundbreaking Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. McKay's 360-degree treatments take in everything from the script and actors' performances to the set design, score, and titles sequences, with droll digressions thrown in on such Bond motifs as Persian cats, monorails, "impossible leaps of villainous logic," and substandard action set pieces ("That's another thing that Bond producers never really learn: boat chases are intrinsically dull"). McKay writes in a breezy, chatty style, as if perpetually in between mouthfuls of popcorn; he remains raptly focused on aesthetics and eyeball impact while still teasing out underlying sexual and geopolitical themes. He's a charming hybrid of critic and fan, calling out Thunderball's failings-"How is it possible for a drama involving nuclear blackmail to drag on so?"-while managing to find the good even in George Lazenby. The result is a scintillating read that's often more entertaining than the movies themselves. Photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Bond, James -- (Fictitious character)
James Bond films -- History and criticism.
Spy films -- History and criticism.
Publisher New York :Overlook Press,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xii, 396 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical reference (pages [385-390]) and index.
ISBN 9781590202982 (hardcover)
1590202988 (hardcover)
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