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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This work is a basic-level survey of the history of the James Bond movie franchise from its beginnings in the early 1960's to the Daniel Craig era. The author brings almost no new insight into the ... Read full review

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While it often reads as mere opinion in places, it certainly presents some solid insights and reflections about Bond on film. 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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