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The Art of Bond: From Storyboard to Screen--the Creative Process Behind the James Bond Phenomenon Hardcover – October 10, 2006
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About the Author
Director and producer Laurent Bouzereau has collaborated with Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, and Clint Eastwoodamong other Hollywood legendson more than 60 documentaries about classic films. The author of six books, he is based in Southern California.
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This book is about the history on the making of James Bond movies, up until Casino Royale. That's all 21 films if you're counting.
Included are lots of on-set photographs, some concept artwork consisting mainly of storyboards. There are also interviews with key talents like Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Ken Adam, John Barry and Martin Campbell.
In essence, this book is about the history of James Bond and how it made it to the big screen. Many production stories are included in the interviews, like how they fix up the set, cast characters and choose music. These stories come in the form of interviewees' quotes. There is no narration in the book.
The book could be thicker given James Bond's long and illustrious history. I just can't help thinking about how much stuff they left out. I guess they may be covered in other James Bond books.
It's a good read overall, but mainly for James Bond fans.
Here's the list of chapters:
* Bond Words: the novels, the screenplays, the dialogue
* Bond Worlds: sets, locations, gadgets and cars
* Making It Real: the team, the actors, filming the action
* Bond Scores: the music, the songs, the title sequences
* Bond Takes On The World: the marketing, the release
* James Bond Will Return
* Picture Captions
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
What you have here are storyboards, concept art, behind-the-scenes photography and (my favorite) eyewitness testimony and anecdotes about one of the world's biggest film franchises.
This book is mainly quotes and photos which is why I blew through it in a day - but I'd read it again, it's that interesting. Bond has been a part of my life since the beginning, its' always been there. I've seen all the movies countless times, read the books, listened to the commentaries, watched the making-of docs, and even played the 007 Scene-It board game - but there is still stuff in here I've never heard before! I especially enjoyed hearing contemporary directors such as Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg comment on how Bond affected them. A very enjoyable and unique take on the franchise - check it out!
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The book looks old rather than new.