For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only : Ian Fleming and James Bond

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Published to coincide with the 2008 Imperial War Museum exhibition of the same name, this is a thrilling stand-alone book that looks into the entwined worlds of James Bond and Ian Fleming. The book and exhibition will explore how Fleming's 007 emerged against the background of the Second World War and the Cold War, and how Bond's world was based on the realities (and fantasies) of Fleming's life as a wartime spy-master and peacetime bon viveur. They will show how the film version of Bond evolved for a later age, and answer a question that has obsessed generations of Bond fans over the years: where does the world of Ian Fleming end, and that of James Bond begin? Stylishly illustrated, For Your Eyes Only will incorporate a treasure-trove of gadgets, costumes, props, and storyboards from the films - Daniel Craig's blood-stained shirt from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DB5, complete with weaponry - as well as memorabilia from Fleming's personal archive: his smoking jacket, the manuscript for Casino Royale, his golden typewriter, his guns, and much more. Alongside this array of extraordinary visuals, Ben Macintyre tells the story of how Fleming created the most popular legend of all time. On the centenary of Fleming's birth, he looks at the real people on whom the writer based his fictional creations - friends, colleagues, lovers, and of course, the notorious villains. Exploring the tradition of spy fiction past and present - with specific attention to the Cold War - Macintyre explains the astonishing legacy of the Bond books and the enduring appeal of a fictional secret agent who not only lived twice, but proved to be immortal.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 194 x 246 x 24mm | 899.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Colour Illustrations throughout
  • 0747595275
  • 9780747595274
  • 1,149,837

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PRAISE FOR AGENT ZIGZAG: 'Superb. Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving' JOHN LE CARRE 'It is unlikely that a more engaging study of espionage and deception will be published this year' THE TIMES 'Bursts with wonderful detail, all of it true, and is jam-packed with the most eccentric and curious characters' CRAIG BROWN, Book of the Week, MAIL ON SUNDAY 'He has that enviable gift, the inability to write a dull sentence ... an enthralling book' SPECTATORshow more

About Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He now lives in London with his wife and three children. Agent Zigzag, the true story of a WWII double-agent, was a recent Sunday Times bestseller.show more

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