What Bond reference book are you reading?

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  • Those rebel Kiwis and Kentuckians.
  • edited April 2021 Posts: 2,672
    2021 should be a good year for Bond reference books. In exchange for an Amazon review I have been sent this:

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    It covers similar ground to another new book.

    Then in June we can expect this study:

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    The author is the editor of the James Bond Studies journal, which releases serious work, and the publisher's description of the book indicates it will be a nuanced examination of Fleming's attitudes toward race and empire.

    Another important-looking book will published in June:

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    Normally I'd say the world doesn't need a new biography of Fleming, but as the publisher's description indicates, this work will study Fleming's life through the lens of Bond (unlike the Pearson and Lycett biographies) and include literary criticism and analysis. I can personally vouch for Prof. Buckton's credentials, having contributed an essay to his collection The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond on Page and Screen.
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    This has less to do with reference books and more with the people who write them. Here is a call for papers:

    This year’s South Atlantic Modern Language Association 2021 conference is the theme of “Social Networks/Social Distances,” and they are inviting paper proposals on any aspects of James Bond, Ian Fleming, and Networks.

    This could include the way James Bond interacts with and/or distances from various spy networks, such as the Soviet noir SMERSH, the international terror organization SPECTRE, and the Cambridge Spy ring (relevant to some Fleming novels).

    It could also address the way Bond forges “networks” with allied spy organizations like the Deuxième Bureau (René Mathis) the Japanese secret service (Tiger Tanaka) and of course the CIA (Felix Leiter).

    Papers could also explore the various “networks” of spy fiction and film that provide contexts for discussing Fleming’s novels and the Bond films, or the networks of the Bond films as they evolve and expand over time.

    They are open to proposals on Bond and Fleming that address this broad theme in a variety of specific ways.

    For information on how to submit proposals, go here.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    The Lost Adventures of James Bond by Mark Edlitz. A MUST HAVE for James Bond History fans.
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    Lost Adventures is indeed essential. I'm currently reading Nobody Does it Better the unofficial oral history from the same authors as the excellent two volume oral Star Trek history, The 50 Year Mission.
  • ChriskarrChriskarr Spain
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    The Lost Adventures is fantastic. You must read it.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    James Bond Unmasked by Bill Desowitz.
  • edited June 2021 Posts: 2,672
    I've finished and reviewed Ian Fleming's War: The Inspiration for James Bond. You can find my review on Goodreads (it's the only one so far).

  • Anyone have the Taschen Bond archives book? Is it worth its hefty price tag? I’m looking to get a comprehensive reference book to the series full of nice pictures and art and this one appears to be the best option, but if there are better books with lower price tags I might consider something else.
  • JWPepperJWPepper You sit on it, but you can't take it with you.
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    Anyone have the Taschen Bond archives book? Is it worth its hefty price tag? I’m looking to get a comprehensive reference book to the series full of nice pictures and art and this one appears to be the best option, but if there are better books with lower price tags I might consider something else.
    I bought the first edition a couple of years ago for about 80 euros. It is worth every penny. It looks really good and I'm proud to have on my shelf.
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    I just bought Battle For Bond at an inflated price. Hope it's worth it
  • JWPepper wrote: »
    Anyone have the Taschen Bond archives book? Is it worth its hefty price tag? I’m looking to get a comprehensive reference book to the series full of nice pictures and art and this one appears to be the best option, but if there are better books with lower price tags I might consider something else.
    I bought the first edition a couple of years ago for about 80 euros. It is worth every penny. It looks really good and I'm proud to have on my shelf.

    Thanks! I’ll keep a lookout for it for a good price, though I may wait until the NTTD edition comes out.
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
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    JWPepper wrote: »
    Anyone have the Taschen Bond archives book? Is it worth its hefty price tag? I’m looking to get a comprehensive reference book to the series full of nice pictures and art and this one appears to be the best option, but if there are better books with lower price tags I might consider something else.
    I bought the first edition a couple of years ago for about 80 euros. It is worth every penny. It looks really good and I'm proud to have on my shelf.

    I can second this! The interviews have original content and the pictures are just beautiful.
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    w2bond wrote: »
    I just bought Battle For Bond at an inflated price. Hope it's worth it

    It's the only book on the subject and therefore worth buying. But it's also badly organized, clumsily written, and highly biased toward Jack Whittingham. The first edition is littered with appalling errors and you're probably better off with the second if it's been properly edited.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    NEW

    Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection.

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    This is an abridged and updated English edition of the original Spanish book: Ian Fleming y James Bond: Conexión España.

    Everything you always wanted to know about Ian Fleming, James Bond, the novels and films in relation to Spain: from Goya to Dalí, from Operation Goldeneye to the Spanish editions (with images!), from Javier Bardem to Ana de Armas, from Madrid to Cádiz…

    EVERYTHING and more in Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection.

    Available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book at this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FS2VB6W?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

    More information at www.007conexion.es
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    ggl007 wrote: »
    NEW

    Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection.

    jhqKu2f.jpg

    This is an abridged and updated English edition of the original Spanish book: Ian Fleming y James Bond: Conexión España.

    Everything you always wanted to know about Ian Fleming, James Bond, the novels and films in relation to Spain: from Goya to Dalí, from Operation Goldeneye to the Spanish editions (with images!), from Javier Bardem to Ana de Armas, from Madrid to Cádiz…

    EVERYTHING and more in Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection.

    Available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book at this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FS2VB6W?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

    More information at www.007conexion.es

    This is unexpected and great news! Thanks for letting us know, @ggl007. I was hoping that one day an English translation of this book would appear. I'll certainly be purchasing a copy to support your valuable work in the Bond community.

    Does the book contain any information on the censorship of the Bond novels during the Franco regime? I hope so as this is something I'm very interested in learning more about.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Thanks, friend @Dragonpol! Yes, we write about the censorship. You'll be surprised to know that the first uncensored translated editions of Fleming's novels appeared in Spain in.. 1999!

    And you'll see photos like this one:

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    Southamerican editions and Spanish editions... with more clothes on...
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited September 2021 Posts: 16,316
    ggl007 wrote: »
    Thanks, friend @Dragonpol! Yes, we write about the censorship. You'll be surprised to know that the first uncensored translated editions of Fleming's novels appeared in Spain in.. 1999!

    And you'll see photos like this one:

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    Southamerican editions and Spanish editions... with more clothes on...

    Thanks, @ggl007! That's good to know. I've written an article in the past on the editing, censorship and banning of the James Bond novels so this is an area that I'm still very interested in. Looking forward to getting this book! :)

    That is shocking that it took until 1999 for there to be uncensored Bond novels available in Spain considering that was some 24 years after the Franco regime ended with the General's death. It just shows the long lasting effect such state censorship can have and how it can extend to long after the regime that implemented it has ended.

    P.S. Those covers are an excellent and striking visual representation of what the censorship of literature within a state is really like.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    That is shocking that it took until 1999 for there to be uncensored Bond novels available in Spain considering that was some 24 years after the Franco regime ended with the General's death. It just shows the long lasting effect such state censorship can have and how it can extend to long after the regime that implemented it has ended.
    Actually it was more a matter of apathy and laziness. Editorials took the last translation and copy-paste it!

    Thank God for Brosnan and the second big wave of Bondmania in the 90's...

    (I have your article. Printed on paper)
    ;)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited September 2021 Posts: 16,316
    ggl007 wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    That is shocking that it took until 1999 for there to be uncensored Bond novels available in Spain considering that was some 24 years after the Franco regime ended with the General's death. It just shows the long lasting effect such state censorship can have and how it can extend to long after the regime that implemented it has ended.
    Actually it was more a matter of apathy and laziness. Editorials took the last translation and copy-paste it!

    Thank God for Brosnan and the second big wave of Bondmania in the 90's...

    (I have your article. Printed on paper)
    ;)

    Yes, I suppose it was the same in the UK with the old Pan paperback typeset simply being lifted and reused in later editions by Triad Panther, Grafton and Coronet. The only difference was the British editions were the true unexpurgated editions and not edited or censored like in the US and other countries, including Spain.

    Yes, the Brosnan era did bring about a new wave of Bondmania and a renewed interest in all things Bond which was refreshing. I became a Bond fan some time in the early 1990s so the release of GoldenEye was my first experience of that surge of interest in Bond. It was a very good time to be a Bond fan.

    That's nice to hear you have that article printed on paper. Judging by the viewing figures that article seems to get the most popular of the ones I've published do far. I hope to release some new stuff on the blog at some point. I have a raft of titles and ideas worked out so hopefully some of them will bear fruit! :)
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Unboxing of Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection… in English (sorry for that. I assure you that the English in the book is much better :D ).

    Now available at amazon:

  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    ggl007 wrote: »
    Unboxing of Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Spanish Connection… in English (sorry for that. I assure you that the English in the book is much better :D ).

    Now available at amazon:


    My copy just arrived today, @ggl007. I had a quick flick through it and it looks great! I see you had the job of translating it into English so I'm sure your English is fine!
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Thanks a lot, @Dragonpol Fingers crossed for your review... :-SS
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    My Word is my Bond by Sir Roger Moore. It’s a bit of cheating, I know, but it does have some interesting behind the scenes Bond references.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    'Fashioning James Bond', Llewella Chapman. I know little about clothes but the Suits of James Bond blog got me interested in Bond fashion and what it says about the era and attitude of each film. Goes into the costume designers, the symbolism of each character's clothes and also the many references to clothes and tailoring in the scripts.

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  • edited February 2022 Posts: 2,672
    A call for papers, for all you budding Bond scholars out there:

    South Atlantic Modern Language Association 94: "Change"

    Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13, 2022
    Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront | Jacksonville, FL or VIRTUAL

    THE CHANGING WORLDS OF JAMES BOND

    2022 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the film Dr. No and the publication of Ian Fleming’s ninth James Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me. Both these works represent watershed moments for the character of James Bond, the film launching the beginnings of Bond mania, and the novel presented from the female perspective, Bond himself absent until the final third of the novel. Other seminal Fleming works (From Russia, with Love and The Diamond Smugglers) and James Bond films (You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, Skyfall) also have anniversaries in 2022, from 10 to 65 years of age. We invite paper proposals on any aspect of these anniversary films and books as they navigate change. We are especially interested in papers that address change in the adaptation of Fleming’s work for film and other media. Please send abstracts of 300 words and brief biographies to Oliver Buckton (obuckton at fau.edu) and Matt Sherman (baconbond at gmail.com) by May 16, 2022.
  • SadanoyamaSadanoyama Japan
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    An interesting list.

    Regarding my thoughts, I would say that it depends on what you are looking for and how much gen you know already. The Gerrard, Holcomb and Verheul books are competent media studies texts but are basically interpretations of Bond from the perspective of diffuse cultural paradigmatic nexuses. And if that last sentence sounds a tad pretentious to you, then you probably won't rate them. Analyses of the "Bond Phenomenon" have been doing the rounds since the mid-60s and, for what it's worth, Kingsley Amis' James Bond Dossier is still a more entertaining read than any of these. And in the recent-ish era, James Chapman's, Licence to Thrill was a better balance between analysis and the films' contemporary historical context (something often missing from Bond history books).

    Personally, I'm more interested in solid research, documents and archival history of the earlier Bond films, and to this end I can definitely recommend:

    https://www.amazon.com/Goldfinger-Files-Making-Iconic-Sequence/dp/3958297463/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OX10T08RHBKK&keywords=the+goldfinger+files&qid=1649751819&sprefix=the+goldfinger+,aps,237&sr=8-1

    This is a luscious jumbo-sized book based around the Swiss location filming of Goldfinger in spring 64. The book is 60% photographs, 30% solid documentation and 10% showbiz tittle tattle. Apparently Big Sean got it on with a chambermaid at the hotel where the cast were staying. Ahh, those were the days.

    It's a beautifully produced book, and cheap compared to the usual overstuffed price for photo art books. And I'm not being paid to write this.

    For Christmas, my brother-in-law bought me:

    https://www.amazon.com/James-Bonds-Aston-Martin-DB5/dp/1858756103/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    Again a big book, beautiful photographs, and very reasonable for the price. If you want to indulge in DB5-porn this is probably the best out there, although in terms of interviews and solid production background on the original 60's film cars, Dave Worrall's The Most Famous Car in the World is much better. However, it's now sadly out of print and painfully expensive.

    Hope these musings help, and if you buy the Lee Goldberg interviews book, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
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    Various at the same time. When I watch a Bond film, I always read Bond reference books for trivia to put on a site I regularly write reviews in, but I limit myself to the episodes about the movie in question. I'm using four of them: The James Bond Archives, Some Kind of Hero, The Music of James Bond and The James B0nd M0vie Encyc7opedia.
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    Well, well, well: I found a mistake, and a big one on The James Bond Encyclopedia. Rubin gets Alfie Bass and Victor Tourjanski mixed off.
    The Comsumptive Italian that fears an emphysema is Bass. The guy with the wine bottle who always crosses paths with Bond in Italy is Tourjanski, who isn't mentioned in the book at all.
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