From the Publisher
Fifty years (and five billion dollars in ticket sales) ago, the
dashing Scottish actor Sean Connery declared suavely that he was
"Bond, James Bond." Thus began a cinematic series unlike any other.
In November 2012, Skyfall, the 23rd movie in
what is seen as the authorized line of Bond films, will be
released, with Daniel Craig (the sixth Bond) again in the lead
role. The world will once more stream to the theaters for another
dose of Bond. LIFE was on the scene in the swinging ''60s when
James Bond became a cultural icon (in fact, when we put the
gold-painted actress Shirley Eaton on the cover in 1964, we helped
him along), and now LIFE tells the whole story in this
commemorative book. Ian Fleming, a high-ranking officer in British
Naval Intelligence of World War II, dreamt up his
MI6 spy, code number 007, in 1953, and a decade later, with Dr.
No, From Russia With Love and then the smash
Goldfinger, saw his creation take on a life entirely his
own. All the fun of Bond is here: The movies; the reminiscences by
the stars; the LIFE photo shoots; the knockoffs and spoofs ("The
Man from U.N.C.L.E.;" "Get Smart;" "I Spy;" the first Casino
Royale); the artifacts (a model of Bond''s Aston Martin DB5
was one of the best-selling toy of 1965); the trivia and inside
information on M, Q and Moneypenny-anything a Bond fan would want,
packed into one book and then shaken, not stirred. James Bond was,
back in the day, one of those cultural phenomena tailor-made for
LIFE: It was bright and colorful and vibrant. Today, it still is.
Happy birthday, and welcome back, Commander Bond.
Dimensions: 176 Pages, 10.24 × 10.24 × 0.39 in
Published: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1618930311
ISBN - 13: 9781618930316