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The James Bond Archives - Taschen

Taschen is continuing their handsome archives line with James Bond -- to be released on November 9th.

"Bond, James Bond." Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 23 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades.

To celebrate 50 years of this innovative franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Skyfall (2012), including the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

The stunning imagery is accompanied by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members, relating the true inside story of how the Bond films were made. Containing previously unpublished photography and artwork, as well as production memos from filming, this book is a comprehensive tribute to the legend of James Bond.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history!
Made with unrestricted access to the Bond archives, this XL tome recounts the entire history of James Bond in words and pictures
Among the 1,100 images are many previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs
Behind-the-scenes stories from the people who were there: producers, directors, actors, screenwriters, production designers, special effects technicians, stuntmen, and other crew members
Includes every Bond film ever made, from Dr. No (1962) to Skyfall (2012)
Special bonus included with the first print run of the book only: an original strip of film from Dr. No
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Re: The James Bond Archives - Taschen

Looks gorgeous but I'm not shelling out $100+ for it.
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I think this has been typical -- the Kubrick and Bergman archives were priced similar. The Kubrick I know has done pretty good after-market.
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A generous family member got this for me as a holiday gift, and it is stunning. Leather cover, film strip from Dr. No inside, and packed full of material. It's also heavy as hell.
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I asked for this as a Christmas present...whether I get it or not is anyone's guess.
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I will be receiving this as a Christmas gift. Can't wait to see it because I've read nothing but great things about it.
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It makes a great coffee table companion for the Kubrick edition. Fortunately, I have a large coffee table.
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I've been reading through this, and there is a wealth of material that I've never heard before, and I'm a Bond fanatic. If you're into Bond, this is worth the high price of admission.
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Got this for Christmas. An amazing book, but one you definitely need a large table to read...it's not the kind you can just prop up in your lap. I think it weighs about 15lbs.
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Really tempted to get this. $126!!! I see that the Kubrick Archives has a much lower retail.... so these go down in price after a few years? But I assume by then, they won't have any more of the 1st edition left, which means no film strip from Dr. No.
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Re: The James Bond Archives - Taschen

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Really tempted to get this. $126!!! I see that the Kubrick Archives has a much lower retail.... so these go down in price after a few years? But I assume by then, they won't have any more of the 1st edition left, which means no film strip from Dr. No.
The Kubrick Archives was re-released in a more accessible, smaller version at a more affordable price. The original has pretty much doubled in value since it was first released. I suspect the Bond archives should retain, if not increase, in value over the years.
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Caved in and ordered it last week. Got it delivered Thursday. Wow.... this thing is gorgeous and would take forever to read it all. Probably will go back to it periodically to read a particular chapter. The only thing I don't like is the interview-style of the narrative. Looks like it was just taken from excerpts in the archives. Then again, how else would they compile a 600 page monster. It was probably the easiest way to do it like this.

I see that B&N is now out of stock, and Amazon has suspended its listing with "a problem". Wonder if I managed to get the 1st edition just in the nick of time. My film strip looks nice.

Would you think that it would be easy to tell the 1st printing apart from the subsequent ones without removing the shrink-wrap outside the brown box?
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Amazon has it listed at $109.98 now -- I have a $100 Amazon gift card and I'm really tempted to get it. Argh, decisions, decisions...
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For $10 out of pocket, it's definitely worth it.
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Re: The James Bond Archives - Taschen

Originally Posted by Supermallet
For $10 out of pocket, it's definitely worth it.
I saw your post before I saw the one above it.


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