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The James Bond Bedside Companion (English Edition)

The James Bond Bedside Companion (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Benson

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New revised digital edition of the classic 007 reference book from the 1980s, complete with a new Foreword by the author.

THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION is an encyclopedic celebration of 007, who is still the world’s most popular secret agent.

The only book to cover all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon in a single volume, it includes: a) An intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues; b) a character study of James Bond—his background and early life, his clothing and other personal habits, his preferences in food and drink, his attitudes toward women and marriage; c) The by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007; d) Detailed analyses of every James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, as well as those written by other authors through the 1980s; e) A critical look at the 007 film series—the producers, screenplays, directors, actors, soundtracks, and special effects; f) over 100 photographs; g) An Introduction written by Ernest Cuneo, perhaps Fleming’s closest American friend; h) And enough facts, figures, and miscellaneous Bondian trivia to satisfy even the most ardent fan.

BIO: Raymond Benson is the highly acclaimed author of twenty-five books, six original James Bond 007 novels, three film novelizations, three short stories, and two anthologies on Bond. He is a sought-after lecturer on film genres and history. Writing as David Michaels, Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, an Edgar Alan Poe Award nominee, and a Readers' Choice Award winner.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Crossroad Press; Auflage: Crossroad Press Digital Edition (6. Januar 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent analysis of the James Bond phenomenon. 10. März 2002
Von Ivanhoe - Veröffentlicht auf
Raymond Benson's James Bond Bedside Companion provides an excellent analysis of the entire James Bond series, including the films and the novels. This edition was originally released in 1988, and it has not been updated to the present. As a result, some of the information is quite dated. Of most notable development is the fact that Raymond Benson himself has since taken over as the author of the James Bond literary series.
Nonetheless, this is overall, an informative work. Benson provides a chapter on Ian Fleming's background. Of particular note is a chapter in which Benson pieces together the biography of the James Bond character. This is reminiscent of John Pearson's Unauthorized Biography of James Bond. Benson provides an excellent analysis of the James Bond novels. He identifies trends in Ian Fleming's writing nad points to specific examples of what he calls the "Fleming Effect." For hard core fans of the novels this section is excellent. Benson includes analysis of the works of Ian FLeming, Kingsley Amis, and John Gardner. Curiously, many of the apparent criticisms that Benson had of Gardner's work, he is guilty of committing in his own novels. The film analysis is also excellent. Benson provides detailed analysis of every film through the Living Daylights.
It should be noted that this book will probably not be of much appeal to the casual James Bond fan. Benson tries to provide an in depth analysis rather than focusing on the superficial. Of distraction to the hard core fan, are occasional factual errors that appear to be the result of sloppy editing. Additionally, the quality of the text and photos is generally poor. The formatting of the text is somewhat erratic with occasional omissions of glaringly obvious punctuation. The photos are all black & white. The photos are generally blurred. This appear to be the result of poor printing.
Overall, the quality of the author's analysis is generally educational and informative. However, the production of the actual book borders on shoddy. An excellent reference work for the hardcore fan, but if you're looking for color photos of Bond girls and gadgets, then you should look elsewhere.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE essential reference work on James Bond. Period. 30. September 2002
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If you're a fan of the movies or books but haven't ever read anything about them, this is the place to start. If you have read lots of other stuff, but not this, shame on you. You'll still learn a lot from The James Bond Bedside Companion, and you'll find that it is THE essential guide to all things Bond, books and films, all in one place. I have just about everything ever published on Bond in English (and that's a lot of books), and this is the one that I'll pull off the shelf first if I want to look things up. Every Bond fan should own it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Indispensable Literary and Cinematic Bond Compendium 31. Januar 2007
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I found Author Raymond Benson's "James Bond Bedside Companion" to be an indispensable work on James Bond along with works of authors such as John Griswold, Kingsley Amis, Philip Lisa and others. Benson's book focuses on both the literary and cinematic James Bond and goes even further examining the entire James Bond phenomenon. Overall this is a very comprehensive book told concisely in expert fashion. It is an essential book for any James Bond enthusiast. Putting it bluntly, Benson knows his stuff.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Should be called "The LITERARY James Bond Bedside Companion" 5. November 2012
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Like all major James Bond fans, I try to get my hands on just about any book, used or new, that I discover about the James Bond phenomenon. This book (which was written and published in 1983 and revised in 1988) is incredibly rich in detail. The author digs DEEP into the background, character and personality traits of James Bond as well as his creator, Ian Fleming. The best thing about this book is that it does an amazing job of introducing the reader to the richness and appeal of the Ian Fleming novels which, lets face it, don't get as much attention as they did over 50 years ago when the author was still alive. Ironically, the author of this book would be chosen to write several "official" James Bond novels starting in the late 1990s after John Gardner (the one who took over after Ian Fleming) retired. Reading this companion will peak your interest, and subconsciously draw you to your local used book store to hoard up on the Fleming novels.
Sadly, this asset to this work is also its biggest liability. Raymond Benson is so much in love with the literary James Bond, that when he gets to the "James Bond Movies" section of the book, all he does is whine and bellyache at every instance where the movie isn't exactly like the book. It gets quite aggravating when you're reading about your favorite movies and the author keeps saying "Another problem with the movie, is that it's different from the book in that it......" over and over and over again. You can just imagine how thrilled (sarcasm intended) the author is by the time he gets to the Roger Moore movies. I lost track of how many times, while talking about the 70s movies, where the author says "there is an attempt at humor here, which clearly has no place in a James Bond movie...." Well, sorry Mr. Benson, but there are plenty of people who enjoy humor in the James Bond movies. Sadly, what these Bond "purists" fail to realize, is that if the the producers stuck with the "original formula" of the Fleming novels for screen adaptations, the series would have never survived the decade of the 1960s, let alone as long as 2012 and beyond.
So one wishes he would have been a bit more objective in many places. Still, a good book overall, and although I have yet to read any of his novels yet, the consensus is that they're very strong overall.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen All you want to know on BOND! 23. Februar 2002
Von Alan M. Mandel - Veröffentlicht auf
If you want only one book for your collection on the bond series this is it!! A masterpiece volume with great research and colorful themes by MR. Benson. My children are now reading this book and watch a Bond movie each month and refer to this book for details/information. Its great that this out of print book is available again for all to enjoy!! BOND JAMES BOND
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