EON Productions was founded in 1961 by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the express purpose of turning Ian Fleming’s novels about a ruthless, womanizing Secret Intelligence Service officer named James Bond into movies. EON has produced 24 Bond movies to date (quite a feat, since Fleming himself wrote a total of twelve Bond novels and two short story collections).
These two books are a deep dive into EON’s James Bond archives. Bond by Design was written by Meg Simmonds, EON’s archivist, and is a breathtaking collection of location sketches, plans for villains’ lairs, outrageous vehicles, exotic costumes, and, my favorite, the dual-purpose gadgets used by agent 007, such as a thermos/grenade, a briefcase/sniper rifle, and the fantastic gadget-filled Aston Martin D85 from Goldfinger.
James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters is loaded with movie posters from all over the world. Paging through the book, it becomes clear that James Bond was and is as globally famous as Mickey Mouse (and a heck of a lot more sauve). It also contains many never-before-seen concept sketches for posters, making it a must-have for any serious Bondophile.
After going through these books, I’m ready to watch the Bond oeuvre again. If you are new to Bond I recommend starting with Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. (Skip the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Octopussy, and the Man with the Golden Gun – they stink!)
James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters by Alastair Dougall DK 2015, 328 pages, 9.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 inches (paperback) $18 Buy one on Amazon