The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World

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Aurum, 2008 - James Bond films - 380 pages
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When Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman set out to make what they expected to be the first of three or four movies based on the espionage novels of Ian Fleming they can hardly have dreamt that they were founding a business that would still be going strong nearly half a century later. Yet the role of James Bond, which transformed Sean Connery’s career in 1962 when Dr No came out, still retained its star-making power in 2006 when Daniel Craig made his Bond debut in Casino Royale. This is the story of how, with the odd misstep along the way, the owners of the Bond franchise, Eon Productions, have contrived to keep James Bond abreast of the zeitgeist and at the top of the charts for 45 years, through 21 films featuring six Bonds, three M’s, two Q’s and three Moneypennies Thanks to the films, Fleming’s original creation has been transformed from a black sheep of the post-war English upper classes into a figure with universal appeal, constantly evolving to keep pace with changing social and political circumstances. Having interviewed people concerned with all aspects of the films, Sinclair Mckay is ideally placed to describe how the Bond ‘brand’ has been managed over the years as well as to give us the inside stories of the supporting cast of Bond girls, Bond villains, Bond cars and Bond gadgetry. Sinclair Mckay, formerly assistant features editor of the Daily Telegraph, works as a freelance writer and journalist. He is also the author of A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films, which the Guardian called ‘A splendid history’ and the Independent on Sunday described as ‘Brisk, cheerful and enthusiastic’.

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User Review  - ClifSven - LibraryThing

The American edition of this book was published two years after the English edition. It attempts to "Americanize" the original book, obstensibly to make it more palatable to the American audience ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacqueline - Goodreads

An interesting look at the Bond films and their impact on the world. However, the book drags on as the author feels he has to rehash each plot and then add the historical background in addition to all the film details. I would have been much happier with a simple behind the scenes book. Read full review



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Sinclair McKay is a freelance journalist. His first book, A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films ( ISBN 978 1 84513 249 1) was described by the Guardian as 'This splendid history' and by the Observer as 'A critical' romp' which is 'fun to read'.

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