For over 50 years, Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions has navigated the ups and downs of the volatile British film industry, enduring both critical wrath and acclaim in equal measure for its now legendary James Bond series.
Latterly, this family-run business has been crowned with box office gold and recognized by motion picture academies around the world. However, it has not always been smooth sailing. Changing tax regimes forced 007 to relocate to France and Mexico; changing fashions and politics led to box office disappointments; and changing studio regimes and business disputes all but killed the franchise while the rise of competing action heroes displaced Bond’s place in popular culture.
But against all odds the filmmakers continue to wring new life from the series, and 2012’s Skyfall saw both huge critical and commercial success, crowning 007 as the undisputed king of the action genre. Some Kind of Hero recounts this remarkable story, from its origins in the early 1960s right through to the present day, and draws on hundreds of unpublished interviews with the cast and crew of this iconic series.
A Brief History:
I’ve been a James Bond fan since I saw “The Living Daylights” at the age of 9 way back in 1987. I own multiple copies of the 007 films and many of the books, I even own original posters from “Dr. No” to “Octopussy.” The point is, I’m a huge James Bond fan.
Because I’ve absorbed pretty much everything 007 over three decades, I was a little worried Some Kind of Hero would be filled with stories I’ve heard and read about countless times. Could such a detailed exploration of the Bond films really sustain my interest until the end? The answer, is hell yes!
Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films tells the story chronologically, from the early fifties when Ian Fleming was already envisioning his hero on the big screen, to the run up to 2015’s “SPECTRE”. In between, you get an absolute goldmine of interviews, anecdotes, bios, and insight.
But Some Kind of Hero doesn’t just cover the films in detail, it also covers Ian Fleming and his attempts to get Bond made for the big (and small) screen. There are also chapters about Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli. The authors even discuss the actors who nearly became Bond over the years, and the 007 films that never materialized. The book even has a foreword by George Lazenby, who starred as Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films is the perfect book for the casual fan, or for those completely new to world of Bond. Even those fans that consider themselves experts (like me), this book is almost guaranteed to give you something new, so go buy this book!
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