BON D BY DESIGN
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released OUT NOW! 320 pages | Hardback
Author Meg Simmonds
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.