by Tom DeMichael
Applause (February 1, 2013)
This book really isn’t what most people would call a FAQ, since most people think of FAQs as Frequently Asked Questions. The book is divided into chapters, each chapter is in chronological order. The information is presented both from the novels and from the films.
I will give a couple of examples. The second chapter covers all the actors who played James Bond, in order, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. It gives some history of the actors and how they came to play James Bond. The next chapter is on the villains. The first villain covered is Doctor Julius No. First the author gives us the whole story of Dr. No, as imagined by Ian Fleming. Then he gives us the differences in the film version. After that he tell us about the actor who portrayed Dr. No. He continues this pattern for each of the villains.
The other chapters cover Girls, Gadgets, Buddies, and Music for the James Bond films. Then there are additional chapters covering more in-depth information on the Films, and other “Unofficial” James Bond Projects. Finally the author finishes up with a chapter on the people behind the films, concentrating on the producers and directors.
The best way to read this book is just start at the beginning and read it straight though. After you have read it all, you will be able to jump around and get any specific facts that you are looking for. The book is written in a light-hearted manner and is very entertaining. This book is the perfect companion the new James Bond Box Set of films that came out last fall, Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection, which I received as a Christmas present from my lovely wife! In fact as I was reading this book, I had to stop and watch Thunderball again.
The only gripe I have is that there aren’t enough pictures. I think that each of the major characters should have at least one picture. Having the films close at hand mitigated that problem for me, but you still might be googling some names, just to give a face to the story.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5 and would recommend it to anyone who is a real James Bond fan, especially if you have the Bond 50 box set.
I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.
Publication Date: February 1, 2013 | Series: FAQ Series
A favorite of film followers for 50 years, James Bond is the hero loved by everyone: Men want to be just like him, women just want to be with him. Moviegoers around the world have spent more than $5 billion to watch his adventures across the last five decades. What’s not to enjoy about such a glorious multitude of gadgets, gals, grand locations, and grandiose schemes hatched by master villains and megalomaniacs? Now, James Bond FAQ is a book that takes on the iconic cinema franchise that’s lasted for so many years. Sometimes serious as SPECTRE, sometimes quirkier than Q, but always informative, this FAQ takes the reader behind-the-scenes, as well as in front of the silver screen. Everyone’s included: Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig; little-known facts about TV’s first shot at 007, the same Bond story that was made into two different films; whatever happened to those wonderful cars and gizmos that thrilled everyone; plus much more. It’s a book for the casual, as well as hardcore, James Bond fan. James Bond FAQ is filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations seldom seen in print, leaving little else to be said about the world’s favorite secret agent. This book includes a foreword by Eunice Gayson.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Applause (February 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
About the Author
A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, Tom DeMichael is degreed in US History and has published numerous books and magazine articles in subjects as diverse as American film, American firefighting, collectible toys, and television’s greatest game shows. He is also a former Top Ten finalist on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
The product descriptions and author information is from Amazon. James Bond FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Everyone’s Favorite Superspy