THE JAMES BOND FILMS: A Behind the Scenes History. Steven Jay Rubin. Arlington
House; 1981. This seminal book on the James Bond films has lots of great pictures and is bolstered with nearly seventy interviews
with many of the directors, writers, and actors associated with the 007 movies. This is chock-full of interesting behind-the-scenes
details. It covers all the films up to For Your Eyes Only.
THE NEW OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007 MOVIE BOOK. Sally Hibbin. Crown; 1989. An oversized hardcover with lots of photos that
covers all of the films from Dr. No to Licence to Kill. Each chapter (corresponding to each film) is divided into sections titled “assignment,” “equipment
issued,” "enemy personnel,” “Bond girl,” and “background.” There are synopses of each
film but no critical analysis. Lots of factoids about each movie [much of which will already be known to the fan]. But a nice
gift book for young Bond-lovers.
JAMES BOND: The Secret World of 007. Alastair Dougall. Dorling Kindersley; 2000.
From Dr. No to The World is Not Enough, this heavily-illustrated, oversized tome covers each film with sections on “missions,” “villains,”
“box of tricks,” “Bondmobile,” and so on, using a slick picture-laden format consisting of many different
factoids about 007's exploits, weapons, cars, planes etc. There are details of villains' lairs [Atlantis from The
Spy Who Loved Me and Hugo Drax's space station in Moonraker, for example] with cutaway sections and other drawings by Roger Stewart. Probably of more interest to younger fans
who don't want to do too much reading and are fond of big photos.
LICENCE TO THRILL: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films. James Chapman.
Columbia University Press; 2000. An analysis of all of the 007 films, critical reactions to same, and of the character of
James Bond and how he and the movies relate to the contemporary world and its mores and changing conventions. Some behind-the-scenes
info, black and white photographs, notes, and filmography.
THE POLITICS OF JAMES BOND: From Fleming's Novels to the Big Screen.
Jeremy Black. Praeger; 2001. A very interesting examination of 007 as a pop icon and political figure and the treatment of
women and minorities in both the books and movies; this book also analyzes the character of Bond in both books and films and
notes the many similarities and differences in his portrayal, as well as the many changes over the years both sociological
and sexual as well as relating to gender issues. No photos.
JAMES BOND THE LEGACY. John Cork and Bruce Scivally. Harry N. Abrams; 2002.
Covering all of the movies from Dr. No to Die Another Day, this is a massive, heavy tome chock full of pictures and info [often in tiny print] about the
Bond films. There are stills, storyboards, and an appendix with pithy quotes from just about everyone who ever worked on an
007 adventure. Definitely not a beach read, this will need a coffee table just to support it. A great gift for the James Bond
fanatic. Lots of behind-the-scenes details but no critical analysis.
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