Here is the new audio edition of the classic 007 reference book from the 1980s, complete with a new Foreword by the author.
The James Bond Bedside Companion is an encyclopedic celebration of 007, who is still the world's most popular secret agent.
The only book to cover all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon in a single volume, it includes:
An intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues
A character study of James Bond - his background and early life, his clothing and other personal habits, his preferences in food and drink, his attitudes toward women and marriage
The by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007
Detailed analyses of every James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, as well as those written by other authors through the 1980s
A critical look at the 007 film series - the producers, screenplays, directors, actors, soundtracks, and special effects
An Introduction written by Ernest Cuneo, perhaps Fleming's closest American friend
And enough facts, figures, and miscellaneous Bondian trivia to satisfy even the most ardent fan
About the author: Raymond Benson is the highly acclaimed author of 25 books, six original James Bond 007 novels, three film novelizations, three short stories, and two anthologies on Bond. He is a sought-after lecturer on film genres and history. Writing as David Michaels, Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, an Edgar Alan Poe Award nominee, and a Readers' Choice Award winner.
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Seminal (if dated) work on James Bond
- Rhindle The Red
Why Write a Bond Book if You Do Not Like Bond
It would have been better if the author liked Bond. I am not being hypercritical. Considering the highly negative tone in the book, I have no idea why the author would write a Bond book if he has such a negative opinion of so much of the Bond content.
The author does a great job of summarizing the entire Bond world up to 1984. However, he offers far to much personal opinion on everything, and he offers his opinion as fact, which is exceptionally annoying if you do not happen to agree with him. I have read the books and seen the movies multiple times. I love all things Bond. I thought this book might fill in some blanks. While it does fill in a few blanks, the majority of the book is made up of the author criticizing the books and then criticizing the movies as not being up to the standard of the books.
The author should have offered far far less personal opinion. He liked to declare that a film, a scene, a character, an actor, etc... "was the worst of the series." He offered no points of view contrary to his own. He does not even consider others may see things differently.
The author could also have been more positive. I want to hear about the good and the bad rather than just the bad, which I did not usually agree was bad. He could have highlighted all that is great about Bond. This book is completely void of this type of praise. If someone were to go into this book without having read the books or having seen the movies, that person would probably wonder why anyone would do either considering how terrible the author makes everything sound.
He mispronounced names.
If you love Bond, steer clear of this book, it will just frustrate you. If you love to complain about Bond, this is the book for you!