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Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories (New Edition) 0th Edition

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Book Description From John Griswold, the author:
This is the old edition (ISBN 1418478288) of 'Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories'. It has gone out of print.
IMPORTANT: The new edition has the date June 2006 and a new ISBN of 1425931006. The new edition (ISBN 1425931006) has the illustrations by George Almond, an additional Foreword by Raymond Benson, clearer translations of foreign terms, and new information such as: the origin of Scaramanga's name. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Griswold brings a life-long interest in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and short stories to the writing of this book. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Deborah and their two cats, Ted and Trevor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425931006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425931001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John E. Griswold on May 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
'Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories' officially approved by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (formerly Glidrose), with a Preface by Andrew Lycett and Foreword by Zoe Watkins, Publishing Manager, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

Preliminary Proof copies of this book, which were inadvertently released, have the following notation: `First published by AuthorHouse 01/28/05'.

The actual first edition, containing the final corrections and clarifications, has the notation: `First published by AuthorHouse 04/15/05'.

In 1953, Mr. Bond was formally introduced to the British public in Casino Royale when it was published by Jonathan Cape. Most books published about James Bond have covered the film series. This book does not concern itself with the movies. Instead its focus is on the James Bond novels and short stories written by Ian Fleming. This book annotates them. Why should his Bond stories be annotated? There are three main reasons:

1.) Ian had a broad base of knowledge. References to literary works and items of historic interest may have been missed by past readers and may be missed by current and future readers of the novels.

2.) Contemporary when written, with the passage of time they have become period pieces covering the 1950s and early 1960s.

3.) Many other notable authors have had their novels annotated to enhance enjoyment and comprehension for the reader. For example:

The Annotated Hobbit (for J.R.R.
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Did you ever read a book and, when the author throws in an expression or reference to something obscure, wonder if it is a bit of fact or fiction? What that foreign phrase really means? What would be that monetary amount at today's rate? Was there really a full moon on that day?

Well, Ian Fleming was known for being the master of detail when he wrote his 21 adventures of James Bond-007, and John Griswold has written what must be considered the absolute companion to literary world of James Bond.

Mr. Griswold has gone over every detail in the world of FlemingBond and has produced a table book that is both academic for the true fan and, yet, entertaining for the person that just wonders what all the fuss was, and is, about Mr. Fleming's writings that made him one of the most famous authors of the 20th century.

With an eye for research detail that would rival Mr. Fleming, John Griswold shows that there is much more fact in the fictional world that 007 lives in. Full of surprises, his book is a labour of love that should be a fun read for anyone.

Nobody has done it better.
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John Griswold has done James Bond fans a real service with this volume. However, he has done himself a disservice in the presentation. The good points are numerous - the chronologies, the details, the research, the definitions and much more. Where he has gone wrong is in the needless repetition, the annoying underlining of entries and the lack of information. He deliberately does not give away information in the chronologies in order to not 'spoil' the plot - no one is going to resort to a book like this without having read the stories beforehand, so withholding detail is useless. The alphabetical entries should have been amalgamated (not separated into the various novels) and all characters and places should have been included. His decision to present fictional and non-fictional characters in a different format is pointless - fictional cahracters could just as easily had an asterisk attached. The novels in which they occurred could have been indicated by a series of initials. He makes reference to 'The Encyclopaedia Sherlockiana' and should have followed this format. Similarly, the chronologies should have been presented in one block.

To sum up - I love this book for what the author has done, but am disappointed in what he has not done. A new edition with the suggested improvements would make it THE James Bond (novels) reference book.
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I know nothing about James Bond, but my father is a nut about the books, so I got it for his birthday. He loves this book. Loves it. According to him, this book is easily the most comprehensive, informative, and accurate book out there about the James Bond Universe. I would highly recommend it for any Bond fan.
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Did you ever read a book and, when the author off-handedly throws in an expression or a reference to something obscure, wonder if it is a bit of fact or fiction? What does that foreign phrase translate to? What would be that monetary amount be at today's rates? Was there really a full moon on that day?

Well, Ian Fleming was well-known for being the master of detail when he wrote the 21 adventures of James Bond; and John Griswold has written what must be considered the absolute companion for the literary world of Secret Agent 007.

Mr. Griswold seems to have explored every possible detail of FlemingBond and has produced a table book that is both academic for the hardcore fan and, yet, entertaining for the novice that just wonders what all the fuss was, and still is, about Mr. Fleming's writings that made him one of the most famous authors of the 20th century (and, with the release of the latest motion picure heavily based on the first novel, a merit that now stems into the 21st century).

With researched detail that would rival Mr. Fleming, author John Griswold shows us that there is much more fact than fiction in the incredible world of James Bond. Full of surprises, the book is a labour of love that should be both informative and fun for anyone.

Nobody has done it better!
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