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James Bond Unmasked Paperback – May 9, 2012
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This book is filled with information on each of the Bond films, interviews with the six actors who have played James Bond, and photographs that help bring this book to life.
A synopsis of each film is included, and these are fun to read through even if you have seen all the movies. Not only do the synopses explain what happened in the movies, but they also contain quotes from the Bond actor who was in that specific film.
The actor interviews are superb, and offer a unique perspective on the films. Each actor was able to both fulfill the Bond role as he was written, as well as bring his own unique characteristics and abilities to the role so that every actor had an impact on who James Bond was. It is intriguing to read about what those qualities are and how each actor used them to redefine the Bond character as his own. The interviews give you the chance to learn more about how the actors felt within each of their roles as James Bond, as well as opinions and extra information on scenes from the films.
The quotes and interviews with the Bond actors offer an inside perspective on the films, and it's very enjoyable to read. Anyone should read this, whether you're a fanatical James Bond fan or a distant admirer.
made of sucessive descriptions of the films the 6 actors made alive, the text of the author makes a clever and intelligent editing of interviews
and make those coments got put into context; providing some revelations, a few unexpected point of views from the creative actors and a grand perspective of the narratives and their transformation unto film. although it remains strictly upon the main actors it is a good rich read.
the author has a secondary quality: he makes extremely clear his own preferences making upon the reading easier to spot a taste for 007.
If you are a big fan and have been following all the movies and making ofs possible, this book indeed has some gems to be found.
What he has are some decent interviews with the Bond actors. Those take up nineteen pages, so in terms of interesting content, you're paying about $1 for each of these pages. If that seems worth the expenditure to you, then go for it, says I.
A few notes:
(1) Who edited this book? Nobody worth their salt. The chapter on Tomorrow Never Dies has two instances of Wai Lin being called "Mai Lin," which is embarrassing.
(2) It's Bilbao, Spain. Not Bilboa.
(3) Desowitz obviously has no idea what the word "irony" means. He misuses the word frequently, often using "ironically" to indicate "coincidentally" or "notably" or "interestingly," or something similar. I'll grant you that "irony," as a concept, is misused widely in our culture, but, again, an editor ought to have corrected those mistakes here.
James Bond Unmasked is admittedly less for the fanboy who knows every nanodata of information, and for the average fan as a comprehensive overview and guide to better understand and appreciate how each actor has lent his own personality while staying true to the 007 template established by the indelible Connery.
It's a birds-eye view which is instructive and fascinating, to the Bond series - and will give the reader the broad insights: that Connery's inspired creation was an upper class/working class hybrid perfectly suited to the swinging '60s; that George Lazenby put a more human face on Bond; that Roger Moore showed how absurd it all was with a casual demeanor; that Dalton returned to the roots of Fleming for the first time with a more fallible Bond (setting the stage, in essence, for Daniel Craig's conflicted 007); and that Pierce Brosnan hit a very successful middle ground between Connery and Moore.
It's an instructive, valuable film-by-film narrative approach containing synopsis, quotes and commentary - and a relevant, concise 50th anniversary reference guide.
HeathCliff Rothman, contributor to Vanity Fair, New York Times, GQ, O Oprah, Los Angeles (and currently president of [...]
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You expect better, coming from a journalist who's covered the Bond films for awhile, not to mention the quality of the Bond franchise. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by William Kendall
I must admit I was looking forward to this book. A Bond book that interviews all the actors that have portrayed Bond, would be a must have for any Bond fan's collection. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Campbelldropout
How often do you get the chance to read interviews with Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the SAME publication? Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Mr Anders Frejdh (editor of From Sweden with Love)
I can't think of a better way to celebrate Bond's 50th Anniversary than by reviewing the first 22 films, using Bill Desowitz's film-by-film analysis as your guide. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by fleming17f
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This is a great way to revisit the entire Bond series. Bill Desowitz has intimate knowledge and firsthand accounts from all the James Bonds to tell the entire story of every movie. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Fred Topel