- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810943026
- ISBN-13: 978-0810943025
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.8 x 14.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bond Girls are Forever: The Women of James Bond Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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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.
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Like LEGACY, BOND GIRLS doesn't fixate on the Connery era of the '60s, but gives us the whole history of the Bond phenomenon in equal measures. In many ways, I found the chapter on the Bond Girls of the '80s to be the most fascinating because of the changing attitudes toward promiscuity due to the AIDS crisis. In this regard, d'Abo's Kara Milovy (The Living Daylights) was every bit as trailblazing as Ursula Andress' Honey Rider in Dr. No. And the photos in the book, many of which I've never seen, are as stunning as the women they depict (many are full page).
Like I said, if you have THE JAMES BOND LEGACY this is a must companion piece. Or if you just have an interest in beautiful, strong, independent women...well...you can't go wrong with bringing home a Bond Girl.
I own a couple of editions of "The James Bond Girls" and I must give a clear advantage to "Bond Girls are Forever". Better pictures and better all-around preentation.
Indispensable for any true 007 fan, though you certainly don't have to be one to appreciate it.