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Bond Films
The Bond films are the longest-running and the most financially successful movie franchise in the history of cinema. They have entered popular culture: James Bond’s answer to a request for his name, ‘Bond, James Bond’, topped a poll of the greatest film quotes of all time, and, if you mention a Martini to anyone old enough to drink one, they’re bound to come out with the immortal line ‘Shaken, not stirred’. From Dr No in 1962 through to Die Another Day in 2002, the twenty Bond films cover forty years of film-making and five actors in the starring role (six if you count David Niven in Casino Royale). Each film was a product of its time – Moonraker, for example, was made because of the success of Star Wars – and was influenced by whichever director was drafted in to help James Bond through his many assignments. It is also the story of two Eastern European immigrants, Saltzman and Broccoli, who acquired the rights to Ian Fleming’s character of James Bond and built an empire out of the sexist spy. Using the successful format of previous books in the Virgin Film series, this guide will include categories including Source to Screen, Set Pieces and, of course, Gadgets. It also has an ongoing counter of on-screen deaths, martinis ordered and successful seductions. Completely up to date, with details of every film up to and inclusing the twentieth, Die Another Day. The ultimate guide to James Bond in the movies looking at the films within the context of the period of their release and examing the simlilarities, if any, to the novels. Illustrated with wight pages of colour stills. A title in the critically acclaimed Virgin Film list.

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