The James Bond Archives: Fifty Years Of Bond, James Bond by Paul DuncanThe James Bond Archives: Fifty Years Of Bond, James Bond by Paul Duncan

The James Bond Archives: Fifty Years Of Bond, James Bond

EditorPaul Duncan

Hardcover | November 9, 2012

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Fifty years of Bond, James Bond
"Bond, James Bond." Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 23 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades.

To celebrate 50 years of this innovative franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with the upcoming Skyfall (2012), including the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

The stunning imagery is accompanied by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members, relating the true inside story of how the Bond films were made. Containing previously unpublished photography and artwork, as well as production memos from filming, this book is a comprehensive tribute to the legend of James Bond.

  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history!
  • Made with unrestricted access to the Bond archives, this XL tome recounts the entire history of James Bond in words and pictures
  • Among the 1,100 images are many previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs
  • Behind-the-scenes stories from the people who were there: producers, directors, actors, screenwriters, production designers, special effects technicians, stuntmen, and other crew members
  • Includes every Bond film ever made, from Dr. No (1962) to Skyfall (2012)

James Bond films © 1962–2012 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.
All rights reserved.
The editor:Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.
Title:The James Bond Archives: Fifty Years Of Bond, James BondFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 11.8 × 16.2 × 0.98 inPublished:November 9, 2012Publisher:Taschen America LlcLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3836521059

ISBN - 13:9783836521055

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Glorious Collection Celebrating 50 Years of James Bond Films When I first saw “Skyfall” on the big IMAX screen on opening night here in Canada I turned to my son at the end of the film and said “Wow”. That is exactly the same reaction I had when I picked up this very hefty, big, beautiful book and opened it up for the first time – “Wow!” It’s more than I could ever have imagined. The James Bond Archives is an oral history of the film series set in an opulent book format. The author has compiled hundreds of fascinating interviews and combined them along with hand written notes, architectural drawings, quick sketches, internal memos, huge gorgeous photographs, posters, call sheets, schedules, scripts and every kind of minutiae that fans can wallow in. Considering just the time alone that the author spent combing through one million items and fifty years of archival material is simply mindboggling. How he managed to choose what to share and what to discard must be a story in itself. Two things I particularly appreciated. One, that Ian Fleming’s Playboy Interview was used as the basis for Fleming’s oral history and two, that Skyfall received full coverage even though the book was published only a few weeks following the film’s release. My only negative comment has nothing to do with the book’s fantastic content but it’s fantastic size. It is more than a coffee-table book, it is an immense IMAX size monograph. It is now the largest and heaviest book I own and storing it without breaking my bookshelves will be my next challenge. I highly recommend this beautiful, classy book and give it an 11/10!
Date published: 2012-11-30