Bond

There have been plenty of books devoted to James Bond over the years, most of them written for the kind of guys whose idea of a hot time is debating the relative merits of Holly Goodhead vs. Pussy Galore. 007 has never gotten the kind of visual treatment he deserves—odd for a fellow so focused on style.

The beautiful new *James Bond Encyclopedia* sets that to rights. Its oversized coffee table format allows for the artful array of 2,000-plus movie stills, including previously unpublished behind-the-scenes snaps, thanks to a collaboration with the producers of the Bond films.

Everything from the various Aston Martins Bond has driven over the years to the trick watches he’s worn, the villains he’s bested, and, yes, the exotic babes he’s bedded, are given a lush visual treatment. The insider’s angle provided by the producers means there’s actually something new here instead of the usual obsessed fan slavering-mixed-with-speculation; overall it’s much more chic than geek.

—J.P.S.

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CONTRIBUTORS

  • Jared Paul Stern