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Today my blog post is going to be me sharing my thoughts on my new-ish book. I am about a quarter of the way through it and even though I will be doing a review once I have finished it, I wanted to give you my thoughts so far on it.
Some Kind Of Hero is the remarkable story of the James Bond Films... apparently. So I though I should give it a go. when I ordered this book on Amazon It was £19.99, which I thought was rather expensive, however I ordered it. When the book arrived (it took 3 days) I found it was massive. It's equivalent to 3 original Ian Fleming books put together! I wondered, if it's this big is it going to be interesting or just loads of notes that are dull and long-winded. After my doubts (and a lot of holiday reading) I realised this is the ultimate bible of the Bond Films.
Firstly the look of this Book is really nice. It's a sturdy black hardback, with gold embossing on the spine, as well as having a cover on top. The cover is a satin finish with gloss highlights on the centre gun barrel image. The front cover features the outline of Daniel Craig's gun barrel and the well-known image of dripping blood. On the back cover and into the back flap that sits inside the book you have the gun barrels images of the previous bonds, leading to the main front image. As you look at the back you notice a pair of red legs. After looking closely at the front cover and opening the book up you see that the famous blood dripping image is also an image of a woman laying down. This little design trick really adds style and a different angle to the cover design of the book making it very eye-catching. On the inside covers (front and back) a red and black colour scheme continues, with large dots/circles that are from the first title sequence (Dr No) designed by Maurice Binder, which are still used today and are symbol of Bond.
Now onto the content of the book. The book is written by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, both 007 gurus. The book also features a foreword by fellow 007 George Lazenby. The book has 31 chapters, which yes Is a lot, so I'm going to break them down for you. Firstly you have a chapter on Ian Fleming, followed by chapters on Harry Saltzman and Chubby Broccoli. After that you have a chapter on all the 24 Films, plus the unofficial Never say never again. Interspersed between these you have 3 more chapters on, Bondmania, Broccoli v Saltzman and passing the bond baton. So yes there a lot there... but wait there's more! There's also a an acknowledgments section, a bibliography, a notes section and an index, plus two sections of glossy pictures in between the book. So yes this is pricey and large but do I care... no, because it's like talking to each member of the cast and crew of each film. Ok so it does have over 100 new interviews with cast and crew which may explain why I feel like that, but never the less its awesome!
Finally I will approach the content of the book. I stared reading this a few months ago and in all honesty I didn't really get into it. it's quite heavy at first, very in depth, and needs some time and dedication (much like the films.) Last week I went on holiday camping (sorry for the lack of posts there was no wifi.) This gave me a really good chance to read and gather my thoughts on this book. Now I can't put it down! it gives an in depth plot for each film and talks about all the different characters on the set, something you don't hear about often. It ventures into the location shoots and the travel and filming of Bond. One of the best things about this Is the look into the production design and music. The book explains how its all done and the creative processes that were endured to create these stunning films. The book also gives great quotes from cast and crew and accounts from events on set. Here's and account form Guy Hamilton straight from the book. "Harry comes on and he's not technically minded. He's got a bottle of champagne and he says "This is to wish you all tremendous good fortune with this picture." And he smashed the bottle of champagne on the camera. He can't understand why no one claps - we were all stunned; there is broken glass everywhere." To me these accounts are great as they give the reader an insight into Bond and the extraordinary producers of them.
All in all I love this book so far and I really recommend it. I will do another review once I have finished it summarising my thoughts on the book altogether.
Hope you enjoy reading
see you soon for more Bond blogging.