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Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan Paperback – October 5, 2009

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"Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir" - Barbara Broccoli, co-Producer of the James Bond films "a completely unique...perspective on the franchise" "...a wholly original take on a subject that has been written about so many times with most authors covering the same topics over and over again. O'Connell's book offers a totally fresh take and is a really enjoyable read, not just for Bond fans but for anyone looking for a nostalgic romp through the pop culture of the last fifty years" - Whatculture.com "extraordinary", "seismic", "a magnificent, soulful, touching and immensely pleasurable book...a defining Bond work" - Commanderbond.net "Well-written, thoughtful and intelligent, Mark's book, with a foreword by long-time fan Mark Gatiss and an afterword by Maud Adams herself, is likely to jog memories as well as provoke passionate debate. Perfect bedside reading and just the right book to remind us all why we fell in love with Bond, James Bond, in the first place" - Starburst
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Splendid Books Limited (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956950574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956950574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Cork on December 6, 2012
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Mark O'Connell's memoir-cum-Bond love letter arrives with some heady endorsements. Barbara Broccoli (producer of the Bond films with Michael G. Wilson) -- "a wonderfully funny and touching memoir" -- and Maud Adams (Bond girl from The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy and, if you really know where to look, a cameo in A View to a Kill) -- "warm, funny and only ever complimentary."
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.
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A celebration of everything Bond. Although I honestly don't think non-fans would understand it. At the very least the reader must see Octopussy to make any sense of Mark's book. However, 007 trivia buffs will have a field day catching all the in-jokes and obscure references.

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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It would be churlish to offer criticism of the book when in of itself it offers one mans perspective on the James Bond juggernaut. If you aren't into movie making, 007 or lists then you have no reason to be buying this book. On the other hand this is a entertaining treaty on particularly entertaining franchise.
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This book is a true testament of what it is like to be a James Bond fan - how 007 has influenced us and touched our lives as we have grown up. Hats off to Mark for not only giving us a great memoir of his grandfather Jimmy, but for showing that like James Bond, 007 fans are forever!
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