What Bond reference book are you reading?

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  • CharmianBondCharmianBond Pett Bottom, Kent
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Being Bond: A Daniel Craig Retrospective

    After being slated for way back in May, it's has finally arrived. I read all of it in one sitting. It mainly focuses on the stunts but there is some discussion around the writing, and it is slightly more candid about that than I was expecting, but there's nothing especially revelatory. Similarly there aren't many images I haven't seen before but there are couple. Although Spectre's mixed reception was glossed over but Mendes does defend those controversial plot points. But overall it's a decent coffee-table book.

    Glad to hear your opinions. Between this book and the new Dr No and From Russia With Love books, these are what I hope to find under the Christmas tree this year.

    Thanks. I've also got them on my prezzie list but the Fashioning James Bond book is at the top of it.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)

    Thank you for the information. Any other fun facts about either of the two books/novels or movies?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)

    Yes, I had a conversation with Llewella Chapman on Facebook and she told me that. I too can see why that was cut given the mores of the time. The killing of animals was still used for the Red Grant backstory at the start of the novel though I suppose. Now I'm imagining Rosa Klebb looking fondly at farmyard fowl. What a terrible image!
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)

    Thank you for the information. Any other fun facts about either of the two books/novels or movies?

    The only one I can remember offhand is that Rosa Klebb originally had a different name, which meant 'white bread'!

    Thanks for that image, @Dragonpol - I may never sleep again!
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)

    Thank you for the information. Any other fun facts about either of the two books/novels or movies?

    The only one I can remember offhand is that Rosa Klebb originally had a different name, which meant 'white bread'!

    Thanks for that image, @Dragonpol - I may never sleep again!

    Thank you! Now I’m really hoping “Santa” leaves these books (plus DC’s Being Bond) under the tree for Christmas.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    Posts: 16,316
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I loved Fashioning James Bond and I'm not much of a fashion person.

    I went to the BFI launch of Llewella Chapman's From Russia with Love book last night. Best thing I learned: in an early draft of the novel, Rosa Klebb was into not just men and women, but animals too. (You can see why that got taken out.)

    Thank you for the information. Any other fun facts about either of the two books/novels or movies?

    The only one I can remember offhand is that Rosa Klebb originally had a different name, which meant 'white bread'!

    Thanks for that image, @Dragonpol - I may never sleep again!

    I'm sorry for that image and I hope that no nervous shock was inflicted as a result. I will read you a nice bedtime story with a happy ending to make up for it. :)
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    Just received my copy in the post of
    'Being Bond : A Daniel Craig Retrospective'
    Think I keep it as a Christmas present for myself!
  • CharmianBondCharmianBond Pett Bottom, Kent
    Posts: 397
    A smaller and slightly more affordable version of Taschen's James Bond Archives NTTD Edition book is available to preorder with a release date of next February. Has anyone got a copy? I resisted buying the larger version because I couldn't justify the price but I'm more of a fan of NTTD than most and there's the other 24 films as well so is the content worth the price tag?
  • Posts: 5,422
    A smaller and slightly more affordable version of Taschen's James Bond Archives NTTD Edition book is available to preorder with a release date of next February. Has anyone got a copy? I resisted buying the larger version because I couldn't justify the price but I'm more of a fan of NTTD than most and there's the other 24 films as well so is the content worth the price tag?

    I have the larger version.....but need to hit the gym to start reading it!!
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    A smaller and slightly more affordable version of Taschen's James Bond Archives NTTD Edition book is available to preorder with a release date of next February. Has anyone got a copy? I resisted buying the larger version because I couldn't justify the price but I'm more of a fan of NTTD than most and there's the other 24 films as well so is the content worth the price tag?

    Interesting. I have the Stanley Kubrick Archives in the smaller version and it's a bit too small to appreciate, so I don't know how the Bond version will translate. It should be a nice alternative considering the price of the full version if nothing else.
  • brinkeguthriebrinkeguthrie Piz Gloria
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    Superspy Science by Kathryn Harkup is WELL worth a read.
  • Posts: 53
    Currently reading For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben McIntyre. It’s quite enjoyable. Also recommend his other book on WW2 espionage ‘operation mincemeat’ and ‘agent zigzag’ but especially ‘Double Cross’
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