By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies
By Roger Moore with Gareth Owen (Hardie Grant, $34.95, hardcover, 224 pages)
The world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, celebrates his golden anniversary this year and Sir Roger Moore shares his memories of playing the part, sending himself up at every opportunity.
2012 also marks his ruby anniversary when he reported for duty as the third actor to play Bond on screen in October 1972.
Moore landed the iconic role in Live and Let Die and has also worked on The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker and Octopussy.
Covering all the elements that make for a successful Bond film, Sir Roger, 85, elaborates on the picturesque locations, glamorous co-stars, rates his fellow Bonds and reflects on the crew who become a ‘family’.
Bond on Bond is packed full with photos covering the full series as well as behind-the-scenes and candid shots, with some witty captions.
Having played the suave secret agent in seven films, this certified 007 aficionado sheds light on the world’s longest-running movie franchise: a series in which 007 has got to know over 55 ‘Bond girls’, has fought over 130 villains and femme fatales, has knocked back numerous vodka martinis “shaken not stirred”, has driven five different models of Aston Martin, has visited over 50 different countries and has been armed with over 100 gadgets and guns—a few of which he even returned intact!
We’ve seen six incarnations of Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig who stars in the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, which opens in Australia this week.
Immortalised in impressive novels by Ian Fleming, the intrepid hero first burst onto the cinema screens in Dr No when Sean Connery delivered the infamous line: “Bond, James Bond”.
This colourful volume captures escapist entertainment at its best!
Edition 406, 22 April 2014
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