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Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan Paperback – October 5, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
Mark comes to Bond from a unique perspective. Like most Bond fans, he was smitten near adolescence, but he had a further connection--his grandfather was the personal chauffer of Albert R. Broccoli, a name that has appeared on every Bond film save two (Casino Royale, '67 and Never Say Never Again). Mark reviews the films mostly in the order in which he saw them, telling an abridged story of his life using the movies as touchstones. This one conceit makes this book stand out above the crowd.
The book is an easy, fun read, but filled with numerous astute observations. Mark, himself a professional comedy writer, enjoys the humor and absurdity of Bond's world, and this shows in his prose. He has fun with language, at one point calling Bond "spychedelic escapism." That can only be read with a smile on one's face! The films are "bullets." A gathering of Bond fans is a "Royale." He refers to the decade of 007's birth as "the 60s(tm)." I've read more reviews and essays on the Bond films than I care to admit, but Mark's passion for (most of) the films and life in general helps this book tremendously. He knows not just about 007, but he knows how to write it down cleverly.
Where the book really takes off is when Mark allows himself to explore his own story and that of his family.Read more ›
Also be sure to watch Cannonball Run because the line "I must warn you I'm Roger Moore!" is used frequently.
Just an example of Mark's sense of humor...he describes the Living Daylights' Necros as a "KGB-balloon-seller-come-Speedo-wearing-porn star." haha
Although his description of Kara Milovy with her "ceaseless sowester and rain mac" is still a mystery to me. Maybe because I'm American I have no clue what any of those words mean!
Definitely pick this book up if you love Bond films and have a soft spot for the Roger Moore era. A View to a Kill RULES!!!
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