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re­leased OUT NOW! 320 pages | Hard­back

Au­thor Meg Sim­monds

Pub­lisher DK

We’ve seen books cel­e­brat­ing the de­sign side of Bond be­fore, of course. But as the old poster boast has it, this one’s, “the big­gest, it’s the best, it’s Bond… and be­yond!”

A hefty hard­back as out­sized as Goldfin­ger’s ego, Bond By De­sign raids the Eon archive to gather 24 films’ worth of be­hind- the- scenes dream­ing ( yes, SPEC­TRE’s in there too, though any­one itch­ing for a glimpse of 007’ s latest ad­ven­ture may feel short­changed by the soli­tary im­age, glo­ri­ous though it is).

It’s a lav­ish, fre­quently breath­tak­ing trawl, show­cas­ing the cre­ative vi­sions that birthed some of cin­ema’s great­est iconog­ra­phy, from Live And Let Die’s macabre tarot deck to the spi­dery fu­tur­ism of The Spy Who Loved Me’s At­lantis lair. Master de­signer Ken Adam’s sharp, ki­netic draw­ings still ex­plode off the page, let alone the screen.

Best of all we have Adam’s orig­i­nal de­sign sketches for Bond’s im­mor­tal As­ton Martin DB5, laden with such op­tional ex­tras as a hand grenade dis­guised as a cock­tail shaker. This par­tic­u­lar piece of goon- slay­ing giz­mol­ogy never made it to the movies but there’s rarely been a bet­ter metaphor for Bond him­self. Nick Setch­field

A lav­ish, fre­quently breath­tak­ing trawl

Moon­raker’s cos­tume de­signer Jac­ques Fon­teray was also re­spon­si­ble for the farout fash­ions in 1968’ s Bar­barella.

Vol­cano in­te­rior by Ken Adam, for You Only Live Twice. You Only Live Twice’s space rocket se­quence. OHMSS’s Blofeld coat of arms de­signs by Syd Cain.

Cos­tume con­cept of Tif­fany Case for Di­a­monds Are For­ever.

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