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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943025
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale in 1953, Bond girls have been quintessential American sex symbols. Sexy, dazzling and self-assured, the character has been ogled by men and lambasted by feminists in all of its incarnations. D'Abo, who played Kira Milovy in the James Bond film The Living Daylights, and Cork (co-author of James Bond: The Legacy) walk readers through over 50 years of Bond girl history in this alluring volume, which celebrates the character as a role model and as a groundbreaking achievement in film. As Cork explains, "women like this had simply never been seen in films before." The authors offer summaries and studies of every Bond film, emphasizing the Bond girl's role in each one, and share quotes from Bond girls such as Ursula Andress, Halle Berry, Honor Blackman and Jane Seymour. Using fantastic photos, analytical discussion and primary source material, the authors show how far the Bond girl has come since the world became enamored with the first iconic image of her rising out of the sea wearing a bikini with a knife strapped on to it.
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About the Author

John Cork is the coauthor of Abrams' James Bond: The Legacy. An award-winning screenwriter, he penned the civil rights drama The Long Walk Home, starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and has written screenplays for many major film studios. He lives in Los Angeles. Maryam D'Abo played Kira Milovy in the James Bond film The Living Daylights. She has played in more than 15 feature films, and is frequently seen on TV. She was born in London and lives in Hollywood.

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If you are a James Bond lover...you will ENJOY this book!!!
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In reading this book it struck me how worthy a topic this is.
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This a terrific book to have displayed on your coffee table.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on November 28, 2003
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BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER is an excellent -- and I'd even say essential -- companion book to John Cork and Bruce Scivally's THE JAMES BOND LEGACY. This time Cork (who is probably THE authority on all things James Bond) writes with former Bond Girl Maryam d'Abo, and her insights are interesting and welcome. Far from being just a picture book, BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER traces the evolution of the Bond Girl through the 50 year history of James Bond. In reading this book it struck me how worthy a topic this is. There is a misconception that the Bond Girl is superficial sexpot in a bikini. Not true. Cork and D'Abo point out how, from the beginning, Bond Girls have been strong independent women and professionals of many kinds (spies, astronauts, scientists, pilots, etc.). If anyone is superficial it's the character of James Bond. While Bond never changes, the Bond Girls have evolved from decade to decade and have reflected their times (and predicted trends) in fascinating ways. We are reminded that 007 started out as a literary hero, and Cork first introduces us to the women who populated the novels of Ian Fleming. He correctly shows us that it was Fleming who laid out the template for what would become the phenomenon of the cinematic Bond Girl. (I find it's ironic that the foundation of Halle Berry's Jinx in 2002 was born of a middle-aged racially insensitive Englishman in the 1950s.) Too bad the book doesn't go into the female characters created by later Bond authors like John Gardner and Raymond Benson, but perhaps only hardcore Bond fans like me would find that interesting.
Like LEGACY, BOND GIRLS doesn't fixate on the Connery era of the '60s, but gives us the whole history of the Bond phenomenon in equal measures.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dykes on December 7, 2003
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For author John Cork the hardest book to follow on from must have been James Bond: The Legacy. And with Maryam d'Abo as co-writer he has done that with Bond Girls Are Forever, but only to an extent. `Legacy' was such a brilliant work that it is almost impossible to follow on from, especially when trying to generate the same sort of impact.
Now, it may seem unfair to compare `Legacy' to 'Bond Girls', perhaps even unprofessional. They are, admittedly, two separate works. Yet, I couldn't help but compare the two as soon as I picked up `Bond Girls'. And it isn't just for John Cork's name on the cover, but rather the size. The first thing you'll notice is that this book is in the same coffee table size as `Legacy', the second thing you'll notice is that it is a lot thinner and lighter. I couldn't help be disappointed by that difference and it seems apparent that the publishers wanted `Bond Girls' to evoke the memory of `Legacy' and it does, but not in the positive sense they had hoped for.
However, that's not to say that the book itself is bad. Much like `Legacy', there I go comparing the two again - sorry but I shan't stop, the textual content is of a high standard. I'm not really sure who wrote what in the book, I got the feeling that d'Abo wrote a lot less of the content than Cork, but what's written is quite interesting. While interesting facts can be found throughout, it's the social analysis that comes across as the most appealing and unique. `Bond Girls' moves beyond the world of 007 to show how women as a whole were portrayed across time, using figures such as Marylin Monroe to contrast the end of the frigid fifties and the beginning of the sexually charged sixties.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Scivally on October 31, 2003
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Beginning with the 007 novels of Ian Fleming, d'Abo and Cork delineate the archetypes and trace the evolution of Bond girls from the 1953 novel 'Casino Royale' to the 2002 film 'Die Another Day.' Along the way, the reader is treated to insights from the actresses who so brilliantly brought these fantasy sex-symbols to life.
The book is also a feast for the eyes, with page after stunning page of color and black-and-white photos of the world's most glamorous and alluring women - many of them rarely, if ever, seen before. All in all, it is a must-have addition to any James Bond fan's library - and just in time for Christmas!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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Even after buying and admiring the great "James Bond Legacy" I hesitated before giving up and purchasing this new book. Big mistake !!!!!
I own a couple of editions of "The James Bond Girls" and I must give a clear advantage to "Bond Girls are Forever". Better pictures and better all-around preentation.
Indispensable for any true 007 fan, though you certainly don't have to be one to appreciate it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SK on November 4, 2006
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Overall the book is ok, however for a coffee table sized book (It's rather tall, which makes it awkward to store in a bookcase - well mine anyway) there's not enough photos, and a bit too much text. Almost all of the photos I'd seen before, so while most people new to the Bond world might be impressed, there's not enough unique content to make the book a must have. Actually come to think of it most of the text does seem like filler, too generic to be interesting. A book this size shouldn't be a novel, it should be mostly photos. With only one or two photos per actress there definitely needs to be a lot more photos.
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