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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596915447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596915442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—This thoroughly researched, intelligently written, and beautifully presented book explores in detail the connections between a super-successful writer and his marvelously engaging creation. Fictional characters, even one as exotic, sexy, and talented as Bond, seldom emerge from the pure, unaltered imagination of the author. Bond has deep roots in Fleming's life, in the places where the author lived and visited, the people he knew and worked with, and in the family, social, and love life he experienced. Macintyre also investigates the real-life roots of other major characters, such as Miss Moneypenney, M, and supervillain Ernst Stavro Biofeld. He examines the plot origins of several of the stories, as well as the real-world gadgets and gizmos that show up so famously in the books and movies. Where does the "Bond girl" come from? And what should we make of Bond's life of luxury? These and other questions are answered here, revealing Macintyre's convincing reverence for and fascination with the intertwining worlds of these figures. The volume is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs.—Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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“[A] marvelous tribute…He examines, among other things, the probable genesis of Bond's name (an ornithologist) and his spycraft (a number of exotic and intrepid agents, entertainingly described). He looks at the sources for Bond's taste in women (Fleming) and attitude toward them (Fleming) and at the effect of the Bond-of-the-movies on the Bond-of-the-books (significant).” —Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe

Customer Reviews

Great book for James Bond (Ian Fleming) fans.
George Wons
Boring book, very hard to get interested in a book about a , who cares, subject.
Tank
This book is great for fans of the books, movies or both.
MPT

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pizzi on June 10, 2008
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As one who studied Fleming's work extensively as a graduate student and later publishing a thesis on the writer's impact on pop culture of the period, I must admit I was a bit skeptical about yet another bland and redundant Bond "coffee table" book for the masses. Happily, this is not the case with "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond" by Ben Macintyre, written on the centenary of the author's birth. Highly readable and enjoyable and chock full with full-color photos of props used throughout all 21 Bond films, this book is a comprehensive survey of not just of Bond's impact on fiction and the cinema, but a real in-depth analysis of the man who breathed live into one of popular culture's most endurable icons.

Much is written about Fleming's childhood, adolescence, education at Eton, relationships with family (brother Peter, noted travel writer), his military career, his closest friends (Ivar Bryce and Noel Coward), his love-hate relationships with wife Ann, and the author's affairs with numerous beautiful women which oddly resemble Fleming's fictional alter-ego. For those who wish to learn more about Bond and the writer who created him, this tome is a great springboard into the Bond phenomenon which has spanned over forty years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Marlowe on September 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at the Imperial War Museum at their exhibit of Fleming and Bond. It is a good reflection of the information there, for anyone who couldn't see the exhibit, and even for those who could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Smyth on November 13, 2012
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This books could almost be called a biography of Ian Fleming but it would also have to be a biography of James Bond too. The book tells us all sorts of interesting details about how Ian came up with the characters in his James Bond books as well as why certain locations were chosen in the various books. But in telling us all these details we indirectly learn about how Ian grew up, what he did during WWII and how that influenced his writing. I found book interesting but the way it was written did not hold my attention well. Overall I would say the book is average. It is definitely for the person who must know everything about James Bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard H. Pucker on September 12, 2012
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Even though I was never totally engaged by Bond I was intrigued by his macho persona and his taste in martinis and adventure as well as in ladies and evil doers. The tales were predictable and entertaining on the scene. I had never read anyone of the mysteries.

By chance I came across this intelligent and insightful volume. I would recommend it for a fun read with interesting insights into "why" Bond so captured the reading public in the UK and around the Globe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MPT on October 24, 2012
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I have always been a fan of the James Bond films. With the hype building up to the new movie I thought to read one or two of the Ian Fleming books. I started with the first -- Casino Royale -- as was hooked. Over the past two months I read all of the James Bond books and short stoires in order.

My Amazon Kindle recommended For Your Eyes Only after completing the last Fleming piece. I've been a fan of Ben MacIntyre's work having read Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross...so I figured why not?

This book is great for fans of the books, movies or both. I can't see much interest in it for anyone else. It is well researched and written. For Your Eyes Only was great to read while Fleming's work was fresh in my mind.
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By James M. Copeland on April 29, 2014
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The book was new and shipped in great condition. I like my books to be in pristine condition This was a good purchase experience.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The author dives deep into the life of Fleming to find just how Mr. Bond came to be. The read is fast and all too intriguing. Highly recommend to any one who calls them self a fan of the Bond films.
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By George Wons on January 16, 2013
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A great book for getting an insight on Ian Fleming and James Bond.
After reading the James Bond books, one realizes how Ian really treated
Bond (not very nicely), and how different the books are from the movies.
Great book for James Bond (Ian Fleming) fans.
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