If you are interested in James Bond on film, then "Bond by Design" is going to blow you away. It's the single best Bond-related book I've ever seen.
The book features hundreds of pieces of artwork from the Bond movies, from "Dr. No" through "Skyfall". The latest film "Spectre" is also represented with a single spread; there's only one (magnificent) piece of art given that the film had yet to be released at the time of publication.
With 21 installments in the franchise (spanning over 50 years and featuring six different production designers), you can be sure that there is a large variety of art on display. Most of the pieces were done with pencil, pen, or watercolors; although in the later films it's interesting to see the shift toward graphic design and digital illustrations.
Here are a few of the pieces that I found fascinating:
- Thunderball: costume design artwork for Fiona Volpe
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Blofeld's coat of arms; and static matte painting of the Alps used in compositing of the film shot.
- Goldeneye: aerial battle plan of a dogfight later cut out of the script.
- Quantum of Solace: a complete digital schematic of the Siena rooftop chase.
- Spectre: concept art of the Day of the Dead parade.
- plus multiple pieces of art relating to the Aston Martin car and it's gadgets.
This is a very large and heavy book; it measures about 10x14 inches and has over 300 pages of artwork. The size allows plenty of room for imagery - when printed full-page, the detail of some of the art is incredible. The book also comes in a very nice outer slipcase.
Two pieces of concept art are removable and can be displayed or framed -- one from "You Only Live Twice" and "The Spy Who Loved Me". They're not particularly memorable pieces, although it's a nice bonus that I'm glad was included.
There's not much text other than a brief 3-5 paragraph summary of each film (the text discusses the notable production design elements in that installment). Therefore, this is not the book to buy if you're wanting to learn about the making of the films. If you want a making-of book, you should look into DK's "Bond on Set" publications.
Bottom Line: If you are into Bond and enjoy looking at artwork, then I give this my highest recommendation.
Thanks to DK Publishing for providing me a review copy of the book.
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*Republished from partner site MovieArtBook.com
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