Sep 21, 2015

Bond On Bond

Sir Roger Moore and Gareth Owen co wrote a book titled, Bond on Bond, it is the ultimate book on 50 years of Bond movies. The book lives to its expectations. Published by Michael O’ Mara Books Limited, year of publishing 2012, ISBN 978-0-7627-8969-6

book-cover

The book had bond hilarity thanks to Roger Moore’s style. I give one instance his witty humour, during the climax for the film For Your Eyes Only, the monks protested for the shooting, “On location: I tried to reason with them, saying I’d once been a saint, but that didn’t go down too well. Cubby intervened and made a charitable donation, which seemed to placate their worries more readily”

The-Bonds

The book is written in chapter wise:

Bond on Beginnings : How the character was created, the name of the character James Bond borrowed from an American ornithologist, little information about Bond childhood etc.

Ian

The two producers and Ian Fleming (centre)

Bond On Villains: From the evil organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), Dr.No, Auric Goldfinger, Super Villain - Blofeld etc. to their henchmen the famous Jaws, Oddjob, Nick Nack)

Bond On Girls: The first bond girl Ursula Andress to Ralph Finenes

Bond On Gadgets : Various gadgets provided by Q to James Bond for his projects, the book showcases the original props such as  A radio transmitter housed in a hairbrush, the attaché case in From Russia With Love, the miniature spy camera from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, tracking devices from The Goldfinger, the bug detector, the Nikon underwater camera from Thunder ball, Seiko watches, the Golden gun from the movie The Man with the Golden Gun, tracking pill from Thunder ball, Laser Gun and Wrist Dart gun from Moonraker, Walther P99 from Tomorrow Never Dies.

sean

A birth of an icon: a very early publicity shot of Sean Connery as OO7

Bond On Cars: Exclusive colour images of cars used by James Bond in several movies includes Bentley, Ford, GM, Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Citroen, Renault. The Bam ford and Martin, 1.5 litre is the first bond car. The car Aston Martin appeared in over five films they are Gold Finger, Thunder Ball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale (2006).

Bond On Style: The chapter includes the costumes and the makers and vodka Martini.

Bond On Location : Roger Moore lists the picturesque locations of every Bond films some comes to my mind is The James Bond Island named after the shooting of The Man With The Golden Gun.

Bond On Bonds : From his own words about the actors who recreated Bond on screen. I was often asked, who is the best Bond?’ ‘Apart from myself?’ I modestly enquire. ‘It has to be Sean.’ Sean was Bond. He created Bond. He embodied Bond and because of Sean, Bond became an instantly recognizable character the world over – he was rough, tough, mean and witty. Of course, it was an alter ego he didn’t always appreciate, but it was one I’d like to think he is ultimately proud of – as he was a bloody good 007.

Bond Behind The Scenes : The people behind the Bond film, Roger writes, there are a huge number of people involved in each Bond film, hundreds in fact. From the producers (who raise the money), directors (who spend it) and writers (who imagine more elaborate ways to spend it than the director could think of last time) to the assistant directors, cameramen, sound recordists, props, continuity, editors, stunt team, production managers, oh and yes, the actors.

Bond On Screen : Roger Moore lists out the premiers of every bond film.

Bond On Films : The complete list of James Bond movies Eon productions and non Eon productions, budget and worldwide gross.

Movie Name

Year Of

Release

Budget

Worldwide Gross

Dr. NO 1962 1,000,000 59,567,035
From Russia With Love 1963 2,000,000 78,000,000
Gold Finger 1964 3,000,000 124,900,000
Thunder Ball 1965 9,000,000 141,200,000
Casino Royale 1967 12,000,000 41,744,718
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 8,000,000 82,000,000
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 7,200,000 116,000,000
Live And Let Die 1973 7,000,000 161,800,000
Man With The Golden Gun 1974 7,000,000 97,600,000
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 14,000,000 185,400,000
Moonraker 1979 31,000,000 210,300,000
For Your Eyes Only 1981 28,000,000 195,300,000
Octopussy 1983 27,500,000 187,500,000
Never Say Never Again 1983 36,000,000 160,000,000
A View To A Kill 1985 30,000,000 152,627,960
The Living Daylights 1987 40,000,000 191,200,000
Licence To Kill 1989 42,000,000 156,200,000
Golden Eye 1995 60,000,000 350,731,227
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 110,000,000 339,504,276
The World Is Not Enough 1999 135,000,000 361,730,660
Die Another Day 2002 142,000,000 431,942,139
Casino Royale 2006 102,000,000 596,365,000
Quantum Of Solace 2008 230,000,000 576,368,427

This book is must for all the Bond aficionados.