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Yeah another one. This one by Steven Jay Ruben. I honestly have to give it 4 out of 5. And the only reason it looses the star is even some of the newer material is dated, though you can't blame the writer on that part.


The book covers all the movies up to the latest (No Time to Die). It covers the movies themselves in detail, all the actors who played Bond in the official films (so no Woody Allen guys). Not only does it cover the characters but has some info on the actors themselves (even if it's a short blurb on one actor who later appeared in Die Hard). A full listing of all the Bond women by film. There is a nice mix of b/w and color photos (including some beautiful color ones of movie posters/boards).


Softbound, $35 US/$48 Can. 412 pages.


Unless you're a true Bond-head you may not want to put down the $$. For a Dark Champions game going for a Bond type feel I'd suggest it, or at least seeing if the local library has it (where I've borrowed mine).  They could have dropped a few things and covered the equipment more. Another reason it lost the *. 


Oh, looking at the author's credits he's written a few others. One called "Combat Films: American Realism, 1945-2010". I'd like to find that to see what it says, especially for a Dark Champions or even Golden Age look at things


[My mistake, it does include the spoof Casino Royale, as well as the 1954 CBS version with Barry Nelson and Peter Lorre. Mea Culpa]






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