a new Bond movie out today in the USA. Some of you might have heard of it. But there's also a very cool-looking new James Bond book out today, timed to coincide with that little Sam Mendes indie film. It's a massive hardcover book called The James Bond Archives, published by Taschen, a publisher known primarily for art books—and stunning, unique presentations. And true to that reputation, The James Bond Archives is pretty stunning and unique in its presentation. This is not a book you sit in an armchair and read on your lap. This is a book that you lay down on a table in front of you, flip open, and start reading. It's heavy, and it's huge! Not awkwardly so, however... satisfyingly so.
James Bond: The Legacy or countless other histories of the film series. It does, however, manage to be original, and even to offer new material! Edited by Paul Duncan (who's also the primary contributor), different films are written about by different authors in different styles. This keeps things interesting, and allows for the inclusion of things like a Playboy interview with Sean Connery in its entirety.
Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang! The Unofficial James Bond 007 Film Companion. (There have been some very good magazine articles that approached 007 with oral histories, though.) The approach works well here, and many of the quotes are new to me and very enlightening.
On top of that, there's a good selection of storyboards and concept artwork, mixed with behind-the-scenes photos and more familiar production stills. Not just for the official films, either! Even though this book is officially sanctioned by EON, there are also chapters devoted to the rogue productions Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again! The James Bond Archives carries a price tag as hefty as the book itself, but it's a unique enough publication to warrant that. Even if you're saving this one for your Christmas list, be sure to at least ogle it in your local bookstore in the meantime! I'll try to offer a more in-depth review soon...