The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World

The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World


By (author) Sinclair Mckay

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Hardback | 396 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 38mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1590202988
  • ISBN 13: 9781590202982
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,106,423

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"The Man with the Golden Touch" tells the unlikely story of how Eon Productions?the owners of the Bond franchise?has kept James Bond at the top of the charts for forty-five years when originally only three or four films were planned. Through twenty-one films featuring three M?s, two Q?s, and six Bonds?from Sean Connery's career-transforming turn in 1962's "Dr. No" to Daniel Craig's debut in the 2006 blockbuster "Casino Royale"?the action superstar and perfect English gentleman reigns supreme. Thanks to the films, Ian Fleming's original creation has been transformed from a black sheep of the postwar British elite into a figure with universal appeal, constantly evolving in step with changing social and political circumstances. Sinclair McKay interviewed those concerned with every aspect of the film, and is ideally placed to describe how the Bond brand has been managed over the years and to tell the inside stories of the vivid supporting cast, from Bond girls and Bond villains to Bond cars and Bond gadgetry.

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?[R]eading McKay's retrospective, it seems like Bond is just getting started.? --"New York Post" ?[O]ne of the very best attempts to take stock of the Bond films?smart and unexpected.? -- "The New Republic" ?Thoroughly researched, drolly written and critically sophisticated.? -- "The Daily Mail" ?Armed with encyclopedic knowledge and wit as dry as a shaken martini, Sinclair McKay casts a critical eye at the cinematic phenomenon launched in 1962's "Dr. No" with Sean Connery uttering that famous introduction: ?Bond. James Bond.? McKay astutely addresses the plots of each film and places them in the political and popular cultures of their eras (Bond has but one love interest in 1987's "The Living Daylights" because producers feared encouraging promiscuity in an age of AIDS). He's also an insightful critic, championing the initially maligned "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) as one of the best in the series. And he's often funny, discussing Roger Moore's ?m