James Bond: The Secret History

James Bond: The Secret History

by Sean Egan


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James Bond entered the world in 1953 with the novel Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. Since then, the British secret agent code named 007 has become the biggest media phenomenon of the modern age, surpassing and outlasting previous cultural icons such as Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and The Saint. Bond has conquered all forms of media—from books, films, and radio to comic strips and video games—while inspiring a tidal wave of merchandise and legion of imitators. Although the world has changed almost beyond recognition since his debut, his continuing relevance is affirmed by the multiple generations who have thrilled to his exploits.This book for the first time provides the full enthralling story of how the espionage fantasies of a rather melancholy journalist came to captivate the world. It exposes the setbacks behind the triumphs, from Fleming’s increasing boredom with his own creation to regular crises over re-casting of the cinematic Bond and legal battles in the 1990s that almost destroyed the film franchise. With the help of Bond scholars, Fleming intimates, Bond film crew, and others, James Bond: The Secret History shows how the man with the License to Kill overcame every hurdle to become the greatest fantasy hero of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786060204
Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/2016
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Sean Egan has contributed to Billboard, Book Collector, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Tennis World, Total Film, Uncut, and RollingStone.com. He has written or edited two dozen books, including works on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Manchester United, Coronation Street, Tarzan, and William Goldman. He is also the author of Don’t Mess with the Best, Jimi Hendrix and the Making of Are You Experienced, and Sick of Being Me.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeremy Duns ix

Introduction xi

1 A Convoluted Creator 1

2 Birth of Bond 11

3 Enter: The Secret Agent 27

4 Headway 39

5 Backlashes and Boosts 57

6 The Celluloid Agent 93

7 You Only Live Once 133

8 World Domination 155

9 Continuing the Legacy 181

10 An Uncertain Era 197

11 Ding-Dong! 225

12 A Franchise in Peril 257

13 The Dinosaur Lives Again 281

14 The Blonde Bombshell 299

15 James Bond Will Return 343

Acknowledgements 347

Selected Bibliography 349

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