From Publishers Weekly
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.