Bond Movies

A Retrospective

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
469 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2021
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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

Bond Movies: A Retrospective is an overview of 27 movies in the James Bond franchise. Author Ho Lin writes in detail about the making of the movies about the British secret agent. He also offers up trivia and anecdotes and analyzes each film’s positives and negatives. Lin lists facts about each movie, such as who played Bond, who the film’s women were, the villains, shooting locations, gadgets used, any goofs, and more. He also touches on the topic of culture, and how the James Bond movies have influenced it, along with the reverse . . . how culture has influenced the films. Lin provides information about each of the actors who have played Bond, along with the same about others who have been influential in bringing the movies to fulfillment.

This is a captivating book. One does not need to be a fanatical James Bond enthusiast to enjoy Bond Movies: A Retrospective. I’m personally not a big fan of the movie franchise, but this book inspired me to watch some Bond movies on-demand with this excellent summary and guide in front of me. Author Ho Lin clearly is a huge Bond fan, and his passion for the Bond franchise shows through on every page. A book such as this one was clearly needed because there’s a reason that James Bond movies have been popular for more than 60 years. What I enjoyed most is the trivia and the interspacing of information about cultural influence. One example of both is from Live and Let Die, where Bond woos an antagonist’s woman. The screenwriter wanted to cast Diana Ross for the role, but it was 1973, and United Artists nixed the idea of a Black woman being with Bond. The entire book is filled with that kind of intriguing information. I highly recommend Ho Lin’s superb Bond Movies: A Retrospective.