A marvellously entertaining tome' Metro This is a book for Bond fans, not Bond nerds. And it is for those who are fans as much of the naffness of Bond films as of their cinematic quality. No other history of the oeuvre whose box-office fortunes have been revitalised with the accession of Daniel Craig to the central role has put its finger on the unintentional comedy, the wooden acting, the often preposterous plots, as much as on the perennial appeal of these classic adventure capers. Sinclair McKay's book traces the Bond films movie by movie from their first adaoptation of Ian Fleming's books through the early and groundbreaking Connery films to the mega-brand industry that is Eon Productions today. He has much fun with Roger Moore's kissing style, shows percipiently how the Bond movies have reacted to prevailing cinema trends and successes like Star Wars and to world events (like the replacement of the Cold War threat) in order to remain topical and innovative.
His jaunty prose and hilarious commentary make this a superbly readable book, and the work of Bond reference both for the owner of the DVD box set and for the viewer of the occasional Sunday night TV screening of Goldfinger. Sinclair McKay writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Spectator. His previous book for Aurum was a history of Hammer Films, A Thing of Unspeakable Horror. He lives in London.show more