James Bond Unmasked (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/6/1
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James Bond is the most powerful and enduring cultural hero of our time and the longest-running franchise in movie history. In James Bond Unmasked, veteran film journalist Bill Desowitz chronicles the 50-year evolution of Ian Fleming's iconic superspy on the the big screen from the Cold War of the sixties to the current post-9/11 era. This insightful book comes direct from the source, as Desowitz interviews all six Bond actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. "An elegant orgy of all things Bond. As essential, cool, and satisfying as one of Mr. Bond's martinis." - William Joyce, director of the Oscar(R)-winning animated short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
made of sucessive descriptions of the films the 6 actors made alive, the text of the author makes a clever and intelligent editing of interviews
and make those coments got put into context; providing some revelations, a few unexpected point of views from the creative actors and a grand perspective of the narratives and their transformation unto film. although it remains strictly upon the main actors it is a good rich read.
the author has a secondary quality: he makes extremely clear his own preferences making upon the reading easier to spot a taste for 007.
If you are a big fan and have been following all the movies and making ofs possible, this book indeed has some gems to be found.
To coincide with the upcoming release of SKYFALL and the recent International Bond Day 50th anniversary release of DR. NO, Hollywood veteran Bill Desowitz has penned one of the essential books on 007 in the movies. His book, JAMES BOND UNMASKED contains interviews with the various actors who have played the iconic role of Ian Feming's immortal creation. Sean Connery, who has distanced from the recent hoopla, is included along with every actor who has followed in the footsteps of the man who defined the cold, cruel, sadistic secret agent. Fleming's original vision of a sort of an elegant British Mike Hammer was softened for the screen and though Connery had the danger and the physical panther-like moves, he and directors Terence Young and Guy Hamilton also injected a lightness into the proceedings that was totally unique to the films.
All of this is covered here as well as the 007 movies descent into a series of gadgets and farce during the Roger Moore era and the attempts to find the proper balance in the Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan films. Now, with Daniel Craig being praised as the best Bond since Connery, the new films have not only reinvigorated the franchise but excited new generations of fans in a way not seen since the 60s heyday of spies. We are fortunate to have Bill Desowitz, who has covered Hollywood for many years and is widely regarded in the film industry as one of the most savvy screen journalists, as the author. He gets to the heart of the matter in his interviews and refuses to accept the established myths about the films or their makers. He is a fan but a clear-eyed, realistic one and has penned an invaluable addition to the growing library of Bondiana.
The answer to the first question is no, at least for me, and despite being a Bond fan for almost 30 years. The answer to the second question is also no, as far as I know.
Nuff said, Bill Desowitz' book is a great one, and definitely THE book to get if you want a unique possibility to know a little bit more about each of the six actors in one volume. Highly recommended.