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Bond Forever: A Film Buff's Cinematic Analysis of the James Bond Series (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Meyers

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  • Länge: 167 Seiten (geschätzt)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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For over fifty years, James Bond has ruled the silver screen.

Yet few resources exist that examine the movies from the cinema lover’s perspective. The Bond films are more than just entertainment. They represent a collection of ever-evolving filmic styles stretching over half the history of cinema.

BOND FOREVER is presented as a tour through the James Bond films in order to heighten one’s appreciation of these extraordinary movies, but also as a way to introduce film lovers to the language and expression of cinema through one of its most famous icons. The book takes readers beyond the glitz and action scenes, and dives into all the elements of cinema that help tell the story – from writing and directing to cinematography, production design, and music.

Readers will sharpen their powers of observation and discover elements of the Bond movies they have never considered, providing original insights into the development of James Bond as a character, an icon, and the most successful movie series of all time.

Whether you are a film buff, cinema geek, or Bond fanatic, BOND FOREVER will give you a new way of looking at the Bond films – as true works of popular art unlike any other.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 624 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 167 Seiten
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KN3G8TQ
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Bond film fan's delight! 8. Juli 2014
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This book is an excellent and fun read, made up of a compilation of reviews and analytical articles originally posted by the author on Breitbart.com and then added to in this final form of an e-book.

Certainly there's enough out of 23 "official" films to where nearly everyone's seen a Bond movie or two, and of those of us who have seen most or all of them there's personal favorites and plenty of grounds for friendly arguments over which Bond is better or which films are the best. Meyers' book is excellent in that he can very succinctly summarize what makes each film special, as the themes and motifs that casual viewers of these films may not immediately notice on a first or even second viewing. The author is quite good at pointing out easter eggs and surprises in the films and how they are put together thematically, and also how they tie in with each other within the larger franchise.

Special attention is paid to two particular areas. One is the musical scores of the Bond series, especially the pieces done by longtime Bond composer John Barry, and how they fit into each of the films both thematically and aesthetically. Another area that the author brings to light is the art design that's present within the film's sets, backgrounds, and frames. Many of the earlier Bond films were the work of Sir Kenneth Adam, a veritable genius of film production design with a personal backstory that rivals Bond himself. Focusing on the details of Adam's designs is perhaps the strongest part of this book and anyone who really wants to study the Bond films as cinematic art would do well to review the films again after reading these portions.

Meyers is certainly not shy about picking favorites among the films, and his list of favorites has a few surprises. On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a film that's often derided due to the presence of one-time Bond George Lazenby, gets high praise from Meyer, deservedly so in my own opinion due to the film's excellent script, production values, and supporting cast. Another surprise on Meyers' list is The Man With The Golden Gun, perhaps the most surreal of the films in the franchise, and the author takes significant strides in highlighting this often-maligned film's strong points. While I don't personally agree with all of Meyers' take on Golden Gun, I would certainly agree that Sir Christopher Lee's able performance as the misunderstood hitman Scaramanga bears more careful repeat watching. The often-derided Quantum of Solace also gets a surprisingly positive view from the author when seen in context as a direct sequel to Casino Royale, and it's difficult to refute much of his points on the strength of that film.

For some titles, the author gives short shrift and certainly dogs such as Moonraker and View to a Kill bear little substance from which to make any sort of good analysis, thematic or otherwise. Even if briefly covered he's at least good at focusing on what's stupid about the bad Bonds, nearly all of which are from the Roger Moore period, and any redeeming features they might still posses. Just reading these portions makes me wish Meyers would do for some of these Bond films what Red Letter Media did for the Star Wars prequels.

=In summary I greatly enjoyed what was an all-to-quick read and after reading a portion of this e-book quickly found myself with tablet in hand, re-watching You Only Live Twice and trying to pick out the details that the author highlights. If you recently purchased the 50 Years of Bond Blu-Ray box set from Amazon, this e-book is a perfect companion. Enjoy!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Title is Misleading 6. Juli 2014
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A more appropriate title would have been “Bond Forever: A Film Buff’s Cinematic REVIEW of the James Bond Series”. The eBook consists of four page reviews of each of the movies in the EON Bond series. (While I appreciate that 1967’s “Casino Royale” was not included as that was a satire, why 1983’s “Never Say Never Again” was passed over, despite the fact that it stars Sean Connery and is easily one of the better Bond films, especially after the camp period that Mr. Meyers has a distaste for, is a mystery.)

The eBook is an easy read, if not very penetrating. I bought it to refresh my memories on the series before moving to the more substantial "The Signs of James Bond: Semiotic Explorations in the World of 007". Most of Mr. Meyers reviews look at the story, music and plot elements and he judges their effectiveness. He introduces theme analysis in the for the first couple of Bond films, but then after a couple of films he stops trying on that front, and it becomes more about his likes and dislikes. Movies that don’t interest him, (Octopussy / A View to a Kill, The World is Not Enough / Die Another Day) are condensed into a single four page review. At times the writing itself is a bit suspect, as when he copies and pastes nine paragraphs of Boris Zelkin’s analysis of Goldfinger’s score rather than writing his own review. Also, Daniel Craig is referred to as a “Bull in a china shop” four times in quick succession, which gets a little tiring.

I do wonder if this was initially a series of web articles that were collected into an eBook. Rather than include images inline with the text, the eBook is full of links to an assortment of external websites (such as youtube). While I’m sure this helped the author in dodging the issue of getting permission to share images/video from the movie, one wonders if those won’t be dead links in 6 months. Also, for those that are on eink readers or without an Internet connection won’t find those links very helpful.

I paid $5.99 for it, though I think $1.99 would be a more appropriate price.

Meyers references his high school math teacher when reviewing a film, who told him: “If you’re going to do something, do it first-class”. Would that Mr. Meyers considered that advice more thoughtfully.
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