There are many gifts you can get the James Bond fan for the holidays. The obvious choice would be the DVDs or Blu-Rays of the movies, or maybe one of the beautiful sets of all the movies. You could get the books, either the originals by Ian Fleming, or later ones by John Gardner and others. Recently an amazing bad boy of a holiday gift came to my attention – a beautiful poster book from the fine folks at DK Publishing. More about James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters after the jump.
This gorgeous slipcase hardcover, over 300 pages, thick enough to stop a golden bullet, and heavy enough for a workout, will be the treasure in any Bond fan’s collection. James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters is a lavish tome, taking a tour from 1962’s Dr. No to 2012’s Skyfall, via the movie posters, lobby cards, and other advertising from many of the countries that the films played. It even includes the two oddity flicks, 1967’s Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again.
Each film chapter comes with informative and entertaining trivia and explanations of the various images. These fascinating tidbits make this more than just a coffee table book but also a terrific read for fans and non-fans alike. And as a bonus, the inside front cover has a pocket containing two card stock reproductions, one of the Italian Dr. No poster and the other the illustration featured in the Octopussy ads.
The book is compiled and written by Academy Award winning production designer Dennis Gassner, who has not only worked on the last two Bond flicks, but also distinguished himself on films like Bugsy, Miller’s Crossing, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? among others. Gassner’s knowledge of the Bond franchise is only exceeded by his passion about it. This book is truly a labor of love.
If you love James Bond, or know someone who does, this is the ultimate holiday gift. James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters lists at $50 and is from DK Publishing, available online and in most existing bookstores. You know you want it.