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re­leased OUT NOW! 195 pages | Hard­back Au­thor Paul simp­son Pub­lisher race Point

Sub­ti­tled The Many Faces Of 007, this book looks at the dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of James Bond on page and screen.

It starts with a pot­ted bi­og­ra­phy of Ian Flem­ing – on his death The Guardian un­wisely in­toned: “007 has bit­ten the dust.”

Bond’s at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iour in each book are stud­ied in turn. In Moon­raker, for in­stance, it’s said that when not on as­sign­ment he works in an of­fice week­days be­tween 10 and 6.

There are bits on cars, guns, girls, gad­gets, mu­sic, vil­lains, the Bond comic strip, au­dio pro­duc­tions and non-Flem­ing nov­els – ever heard of 1967’s The Ad­ven­tures Of James Bond Ju­nior 003 1/2?

While much of it is synop­sis-heavy, the book’s full of good pic­tures and the au­thor clearly knows his stuff.

One of sev­eral non-fic­tion Bond books re­cently re­leased: oth­ers in­clude James Bond Cars, The Making Of Casino Royale (1967) and Be­hind The Scenes Of SPEC­TRE.

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