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The Book of Bond: or Every Man His Own 007 Hardcover – November 7, 1965


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (November 7, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670179248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670179244
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,364,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Purportedly written by M's Chief of Staff (actually acclaimed novelist Kingsley Amis), this book instructs the reader how to act, look, drink, eat, dress, etc. as James Bond. The author dutifully notes in the page margin from which novel/story he has extracted each particular tip, so you can verify the authenticity of the information. I found this book on my first airplane trip at the age of 12 and have returned to it often through the ensuing decades for the sheer fun of it. The book abounds with sly humor, as when after listing the typical Bondian meal, the author warns that, unless you get through an "enormous amount of potatoes", following the 007 diet will cause vitamin C deficiency "so pack in plenty of green salads on the side."
Amis was a huge Bond fan, and once told Fleming he was the only author about whom he could say he had read everything he wrote and enjoyed it. Amis also wrote the far more serious "The James Bond Dossier", a serious look at the literary legacy of James Bond, which is also well worth reading.
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By Jerry Kouveras on September 15, 2013
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This book is a must for James Bond fans. It includes details not just how to dress, but how to act like a real 00. The writing is clever and references the original Fleming novels.
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