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LIFE 50 Years of James Bond Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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"For some reason, in You Only Live Twice, James Bond did not pilot any kind of vehicle -- first time ever."
That being the movie with a lengthy sequence of some British guy named James Bond piloting Little Nellie, the portable helicopter, and getting into a dogfight with other pilots. You know, while he was piloting a vehicle.
Why even make that assertion in the first place, let alone make it when you're entirely wrong in a way that should have been caught by anyone actually watching the movie? Sloppy, lazy work.
There are also such oddities as the writeup on "Thunderball" being one-third as long as the writeup for the 1967 "Casino Royale." As long as you don't rely on this for any research, and take some "Facts" with a grain of salt, it's a passable read, but the main draw would be the plentiful photos.
In fact, there is nothing to back up any of the projected opinions, and the overall negativity of the book leaves a bad taste in the reader's mouth. Isn't this supposed to celebrate James Bond instead of pointing out all the films' flaws? Has this guy even actually sat down and watched a Timothy Dalton James Bond film before casting him off as the worst thing that has ever happened to the franchise? And the speculation that Ian Fleming would have liked the depiction of 007 in the film version of Moonraker is fairly solid evidence that the author either skimmed through the novels or took the even lazier way out by reading the back covers and calling it good.
In summary, the photos are incredible, but the book itself should have been written by a real Bond fan.
However, the writers of this book nearly lost me with the review for On Her Majesty's Secret Service which they called "more than a little bit lost"?! Are they nuts? When it first came out it was met with some criticism, trying to carry the torch after Connery, but it has since been met with universal praise from film historians, critics, and fans alike. It is regarded as one of the best adaptations of Fleming's novels and one of the best Bond films of all time. I mean are the LIFE writers from the 60's? Modern critics have given an 82% approval rating and In September 2012 it was announced that On Her Majesty's Secret Service had topped a poll of Bond fans run by 007 Magazine to determine the greatest ever Bond film. Goldfinger came second in the poll and From Russia With Love was third. Catch up to the present consensus LIFE. .
They even got it wrong when the labeled OHMSS a flop. It had a budget of $7 million and made back over 11 times that with $80 million which by todays standards is over $400 million. And they call that a flop?! Presently Avengers had a budget of $220 million and made back $1.5 billion, which is about 7 times it's budget. So OHMSS actually made back more of a profit in comparison to it's budget than Avengers and yet Avengers is considered a huge success. At the time OHMSS was released it was considered a disappointment in comparison to what the Connery films grossed, Thunderball was at $141 million, but that certainly doesn't make OHMSS a flop. You people need to get your facts straight.
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Bought this for my James Bond loving Dad. Classic shots and perfect coffee table book for any Bond super fan.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Villien
The LIFE edition 50 Years of James Bond was a gift for my son. As a James Bond fan he really liked it.Published 11 months ago by Georg Vancak
THIS BOOK IS QUALITY ALL THE WAY. Looking through it time and again, I enjoy the memories that the text and, especially the photos, bring back. Read morePublished 11 months ago by rhsenterprises
Interesting reading for a Bond fan, a lot of photos and on-site materials.Published 12 months ago by Nikolay G.