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11 Books That Celebrate Siblings’ Bonds
Today, stories about families from all walks of life — and of numerous compositions — are more accessible than ever before. One of the most significant familial bonds, for many of us, is the bond between siblings — or friends we consider close in that same way. Here, we’re exploring 11 books that celebrate these connections, from time-honored classics to contemporary must-reads.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A staple for many, A Wrinkle in Time is worth a reread — or a first read, if you missed it in school. Haven’t read it? It centers on siblings Meg and Charles Wallace, who go searching for their father across time and space. The first novel launched a five-book series and an Oprah-produced film directed by Ava DuVernay .
But, even more than its media successes, A Wrinkle in Time resonates because of the siblings’ bond — and because it doesn’t shy away from the very real, and often complicated, dynamics at play in a family.
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Processing your childhood in your late-20s or early-30s is hard enough. But what if you and your sibling were simply known as “Child A and Child B”? That is the case for the daughter and son of the influential performance artists featured in The Family Fang .
So, Annie and Buster Fang — A and B, get it? — have to deal with all of that and their missing parents. Now that’s a lot to work through.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Part of the Radiant Emperor series, She Who Became the Sun is a genderqueer take on the founding of the Ming Dynasty.
After Zhu’s brother passes away, our protagonist takes on his name and identity in order to create a safer life. A much different take on sibling relationships, the novel explores the fluidity of gender and Zhu’s relationship to it.
The Chandelier by Clarice Lispector
For fans of an introspective stream-of-consciousness read, look no further than Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier .
Translated from Portuguese, the novel largely takes place in the character of Virginia’s head as she sorts out her past. Her brother is a focal point of her own story; the two shared a collection of spiders, among other things, while growing up.
The Secret History by Donna Tarrt
Sibling bonds with a dash of found-family are the backbone of this New England-set novel. Richard, a classics major, finds himself intertwined with five other students, including siblings Charles and Camilla.
The novel underscores how difficult it is to make your way through school, especially when you’re also navigating such an eclectic group of friends. Chilling at times, The Secret History is, nonetheless, a great ride.
Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward
Twins Joshua and Christophe, who were raised by their blind grandmother, just graduated high school. Despite their resemblance, the brothers have different facial features. As a result, the world treats them differently.
Set in the fictional Bayou town of Bois Sauvage just before Hurricane Katrina hits, Where the Line Bleeds shows how siblings’ paths may diverge. Plus, Jesmyn Ward’s work, which includes Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing , is always top-notch.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Before Frozen , the book on which the Wicked Broadway musical is based was the go-to for fairy-tales-meet-sisterly-bonds. A prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West.
Elphaba, who’s treated differently due to the green hue of her skin, finds friction not just with her sister but with her best friend — a chosen family sister of sorts.
My Awesome Brother by Lise Frances
My Awesome Brother is a children’s book about trans acceptance. Perfect for kids age four and up, the story centers on a young child whose older sibling is beginning their transition journey. As for the younger sibling? They just want to bring a smile to their older sibling’s face.
The simplicity and beauty of this story underscore both the joy of being yourself and accepting your friends and family for who they are. Great for starting conversations around gender diversity, this book is a must-read for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as trans and queer allies.
Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge
One of the most popular graphic novels and anime series in the world , Demon Slayer ’s main characters are a brother and a sister. Tanjiro Kamado carries his sister Nezuko around in a box on his back — an homage to the Lone Wolf and Cub films and manga of the 1970s.
Tanjiro’s ultimate goal is to turn his recently demonized sister back into a human. In the process, he ends up becoming the titular demon slayer.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If someone asked you to name a book about siblings, it’s likely Louisa May Alcott’s enduring classic would spring to mind. As you may know, Little Women centers on the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — and their journeys from childhood to adulthood.
Sometimes their relationships are incredibly fraught (we still haven’t forgiven Amy, honestly), but, in the end, their sisterly bond is the beating heart of the novel. Adapted several times for the screen — the most recent being Greta Gerwig’s 2019 version — Little Women is as classic as they come.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Recently adapted into a Hulu series that starred Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, Little Fires Everywhere certainly shows a more trying side of sibling — and family — dynamics. Set in the 1990s, the book centers on Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl, who move around a lot (we won’t spoil why) and end up in the wealthy town of Shaker Heights.
There, the mother and daughter find themselves intertwined with the Richardson family. The many siblings of the Richardson family all have very different interactions with the Warrens, and each other, leading to some rather incendiary tumult. While the novel and Hulu series differ in a few key ways, both are worth checking out — though the show may redeem the Richardson kids’ fraught inter-sibling dynamics a bit more.
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No Time to Die Is the Best You Only Live Twice Adaptation
We examine how No Time to Die quietly adapts Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice better than the Sean Connery James Bond movie.
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When Queen Elizabeth II attended the world premiere of You Only Live Twice , the fifth James Bond picture produced by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and the fifth to star the then one and only James Bond, Sean Connery , the monarch allegedly asked the actor if the rumors were true: was this really his last 007 adventure? Connery is reported to have replied back, “Yes, Your Majesty, I’m done.”
It seemed unfathomable at the time that Connery would walk away from such a beloved and internationally renowned role at the height of the character’s popularity. After all, just two years earlier Thunderball had become the biggest movie ever, and Broccoli and Saltzman capitalized on the character’s increasingly global appeal by immediately putting into production the latest published Ian Fleming novel, 1964’s You Only Live Twice . It’s the story that saw Bond travel to exotic Japan to have a worldly—if, to put it mildly, problematic—adventure. Given Bond’s growing popularity with Japanese audiences, it seemed like the perfect time to take Connery to the land of the Rising Sun. And while they were there, the producers could inject grand ideas intended to match spectacles like the jetpack at the beginning of Thunderball and the Aston Martin DB5 featuring an ejector seat in Goldfinger (1964).
The result was a madcap adventure complete with hollowed out volcano lairs, helicopters that could be folded into little more than a suitcase, and a plot involving highjacked American and Russian space shuttles. It proved to be a wild success. Yet given the unmistakable boredom on Connery’s face, you could tell he’d had enough, and perhaps for good reason. The actor who introduced Bond as a glamorous but vaguely believable government man only five years earlier in Dr. No (1962) was now playing a cartoon character who’d fit right in to our modern era’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between that and a growing disagreement over compensation with the producers, Connery was finished. For a time, anyway.
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Which is a shame, because the literary You Only Live Twice had relatively little to do with the cinematic kitsch audiences got on the big screen. While the ’67 movie is a camp classic in its own right, and features a memorable Nancy Sinatra ballad composed by John Barry, the fact that Broccoli and Saltzman set out to treat it as an empty piece of escapist fluff robbed them of the chance to really explore one of Fleming’s darker and more melancholic works. Along with the choice of adapting it before the events of the subsequent film, 1969’s cinematic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (based on the 1963 novel which preceded YOLT on the page), feels like a wasted opportunity for both the series and what was supposed to be the end of Connery’s tenure.
It would seem the current stewards of the Bond franchise, Eon’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, might agree since No Time to Die , the latest James Bond movie, marked the end of star Daniel Craig ‘s own five-film run with the character by covertly adapting Fleming’s most elegiac novel: You Only Live Twice .
The End of James Bond
When I first saw No Time to Die in theaters, I was taken by how much of the film attempted to revisit and re-contextualize the events of OHMSS , the sixth Bond flick and the lone entry to star George Lazenby. By design that 1969 picture was meant to be a departure for the Bond franchise, complete with a tonal reboot that returned to Fleming’s more character-driven literary vision of 007. It also adapted one of Fleming’s best books where Bond would fall in love, get married, and then see his wife killed on their wedding day.
Given that film’s poor box office performance, and the hasty return of Connery to the tuxedo, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ’s cliffhanger ending was mostly swept under the rug and ignored for many years to come. But in retrospect, perhaps Eon always set itself up for (commercial) failure. OHMSS was the first novel in which Bond and Enrst Stavro Blofeld met face-to-face; it was the story where their rivalry became brutally personal; and it’s the book in which Blofeld kills James’ wife. The film similarly tries to replicate all these elements… even though a different Bond (Connery) and a different Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) had already locked horns on-screen in YOLT two years prior.
That baffling continuity error is due to the producers adapting the books in a reverse order. And in addition to leaving OHMSS in an awkward narrative place, it also robbed YOLT of its power since the best elements of that book are about Fleming’s 007 grappling with his own despair and trauma in the aftermath of losing Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Tracy Bond). In its own way, You Only Live Twice reads like the final James Bond novel—which it perhaps should have been given the only other subsequent Fleming novel, The Man with the Golden Gun , was published posthumously and unfinished following the author’s death in 1964.
When Fleming wrote You Only Live Twice , the writer was in an increasingly melancholic place in his own right. His health had been deteriorating through the early ‘60s, and his marriage to Ann Fleming grew increasingly strained, with both parties pursuing affairs, and Ann expressing a general disdain for Fleming’s tawdry literary creation. And as with much else in his life, Fleming’s personal interests and background influenced the biography of his fictional alter-ego, Commander James Bond.
If OHMSS was a serious attempt by Fleming to develop the personal psychology of 007, with the secret agent feeling the weight of midlife ennui and the desire to finally settle down, You Only Live Twice reintroduces the character in a darker place where the shadow of death hangs over him.
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After an early chapter that introduces Bond in a geisha house in Japan, still trying to drink his way back to normalcy, the book jumps back a few months to reveal Bond was at the end of his rope as M sends him to Japan. Indeed, we meet M before Bond in the London chapters, with the MI6 head coldly surmising he should retire 007.
“He’s going slowly to pieces,” M complains to MI6’s unofficial psychiatrist. “Late at the office. Skips his work. Makes mistakes. He’s drinking too much and losing a lot of money at one of these new gambling clubs. It all adds up to the fact that one of my best men is on the edge of becoming a security risk.” He concludes he’ll fire him until the doc convinces him that Bond is still grieving and that he needs an “impossible mission” to get him out of his own head.
We subsequently read of Bond’s own self-loathing in the year after Tracy’s death. He’s reintroduced as sitting at a park when he should be at work, and then feebly stumbling into his superior’s office. Here is how Fleming writes the beginning of M and Bond’s only actual exchange in the book.
“M., his shoulders hunched inside the square-cut blue suit, was standing by the big window looking out across the park. Without looking round he said, ‘Sit down.’ No name, no number! Bond took his usual place across the desk from M.’s tall-armed chair. He noticed that there was no file on the expanse of red leather in front of the chair. And the In and Out baskets were both empty. Suddenly he felt really bad about everything—about letting M. down, letting the Service down, letting himself down. The empty desk, the empty chair, were the final accusation. We have nothing left for you, they seemed to say. You’re no use to us any more. Sorry. It’s been nice knowing you, but there it is.”
This is a far cry from the usually self-satisfied and hyper masculine 007 we meet at the beginning of most books and films. Of course M doesn’t fire the emasculated Bond though; he sends him off to Japan on a diplomatic goose chase.
Admittedly, much of the novel at this point becomes a travelogue with Fleming again writing variations about his own adventures, and turning fellow journalist pals like the Australian Richard Hughes and Japanese Tiger Saito into fictional espionage spooks from their respective countries via characters called Dikko Henderson and Tiger Tanaka. They drink Saki, argue over antiquated ideas about why the British Empire should not give up its colonies, and generally have a picturesque tour of Japan.
Through it all, however, is Bond’s own thawing rise from his languor. And it’s not realizing the unlikely turn of fate which has allowed Blofeld to also be in Japan which shakes him out of his apathy; it’s living the “simple” (and exoticized) life of a Japanese fisherman with the beautiful Kissy Suzkui which brings him out of his doldrums. Part of his cover in-country involves the dubious (and uncomfortable) idea that he can dye his skin to look like a Japanese man. Still, while living in a provincial fishing village on a remote island, he finds peace.
He also finds a path toward reaching Blofeld, who has commandeered an ancient Japanese castle on a nearby island where he’s built a “Garden of Death” designed to attract the suicide-prone portion of Japan’s population to their gruesome ends. Frankly, the plot is somewhat nonsensical and loses the thread of tracking Bond’s sadness and need for revenge in the middle, but at the end of the day, it is about Bond facing his own mortality—and making Blofeld face his.
No Time to Die and the Garden of Death
When Craig announced he would, in fact, do a fifth and final James Bond picture, many correctly speculated it would return to Fleming and OHMSS for inspiration. This was based on how Craig’s Bond finished Spectre (2015) by settling down with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). As it turns out, No Time to Die did explore those elements in a modern context when it came to developing the couple’s relationship and its ill-fated honeymoon in Italy. However, when it came to bringing closure to Bond himself, the producers and screenwriters clearly pivoted toward You Only Live Twice .
No Time to Die ’s extended pre-titles sequences acts as a lengthy reversal of the ending moments of OHMSS . A relationship built in haste between Bond and the daughter of a man of violence is able to blossom a little longer than Bond’s literary marriage to Tracy, but it still quickly disintegrates given 007’s extensive trust issues. While Madeleine does not die, she is still separated from James due to how Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) exploits his insecurities.
For much of the rest of the film, Bond thus becomes a ghost of his former self. When we meet him five years later on-screen, he’s settled down in Fleming’s real-life slice of paradise, Jamaica. There he lives an austere and lonely, life. He’s introduced as spending his days fishing out at sea and not doing much else—which is where Bond finds his only bit of solace in You Only Live Twice , albeit in a happier context as he goes out with deep sea diver Kissy Suzuki.
We soon find how far off the grid Bond has fallen, however, when his superiors at MI6, especially Ralph Fiennes’ more bureaucratic version of the new M, reveal they believed Bond was dead. Indeed, Craig and Fiennes’ first face-to-face scene together vaguely resembles YOLT , save Bond shows outright disdain instead of self-pity toward M’s dismissiveness (in keeping with Craig’s interpretation of the character). As with the book, M initially refuses to call him “007” or “James.” He simply refers to him as “Bond,” while Craig snarks, “Has the desk gotten bigger or have you gotten smaller? … No, it’s definitely the same desk.”
Where No Time to Die takes its biggest inspirations from You Only Live Twice is in how it ends things—and thereby how it ends James Bond and the ugly world he’s carved out for himself. Like in the new movie, Bond is there when Blofeld dies in the book. Hell, 007 kills him with his barehands. As Fleming wrote:
“The boss of Blofeld’s sword battered into Bond’s side. Bond hardly felt the crashing blows. He pressed with his thumbs, and pressed and pressed and heard the sword clang to the floor and felt Blofeld’s fingers and nails tearing at his face, trying to reach his eyes. Bond whispered through his gritted teeth, ‘Die, Blofeld! Die!’ And suddenly the tongue was out and the eyes rolled upwards and the body slipped to the ground.”
While the technical plot reason of Blofeld’s death in No Time to Die involves nanobots in Bond’s DNA spreading to Blofeld’s via Bond’s hands touching Ernst’s throat, the scene is still a recreation of that visceral hatred and desperate need for revenge which has consumed Bond. It’s also an element that both the cinematic fallout of OHMSS and even Craig’s own post- Casino Royale turn in Quantum of Solace were denied. Here we see what a bloodthirsty Bond who’s lost all ounce of self-control and composure looks like, and Craig makes a small meal out of the hissed line of “Die, Blofeld, DIE! ” as Bond begins to squeeze.
Granted, Blofeld isn’t the main villain of No Time to Die . That would be Rami Malek’s Lyutsifer Safin. However, even if he is not the head of SPECTRE, he sure acts like it. After all, what is his home base—an island off the coast of Japan in the new movie—if not You Only Live Twice ’s poison garden given the Bond franchise treatment?
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In the book, Blofeld’s Garden of Death is comprised of countless deadly plants which have overgrown across the island, as well as poisonous snakes, scorpions, and a shimmering lake with piranha lying in wait beneath the surface. There are (thankfully) no piranha in No Time to Die , but Malek’s Safin is giddy while walking Madeleine and James’ daughter, Mathilde (Lisa-Dorah Sonnett), through a literal garden of poisonous plants and vegetation. And though there are no man-eating fish in the waters of Safin’s garden, you certainly don’t want to go for a bath in some of those waters without a hazmat suit.
Even Safin’s muddled justifications for his plan of worldwide eugenics resembles You Only Live Twice ’s Blofeld. In the movie, Malek creepily monotones, “We both eradicate people to make the world a better place. I just want to be a little… tidier.” This echoes Blofeld’s own justifications to Bond. On the page, 007 muses to himself that Blofeld is becoming unhinged and increasingly sounding like Hitler now that he’s been forced to flee to Japan. When Bond dismisses Blofeld’s claims that his actions are helping cull Japan’s unwanted populace, and points out he saw Blofeld’s men feed one farmer to the lake of piranha, Blofeld shrugs, “Tidying up, Mister Bond. Tidying up. That man came here wishing to die. What you saw was only helping a weak man to his seat on the boat across the Styx.”
As with many of the villains in Fleming’s novels, Blofeld is a cartoonish approximation of the terrifyingly real megalomania that drove the Third Reich: the enemies who consumed Fleming’s personal history in espionage in Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War. Or as Craig’s Bond tells Safin, “You’re standing in a long line of angry little men.”
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While Fleming ultimately wrote himself an out in You Only Live Twice , the actual ending of YOLT still functions as an epilogue for James Bond’s life.
After Bond kills Blofeld, he sets up the fiend’s castle to explode. Bond then escapes via hot air balloon. But afterward, due to wounds he endured in his final duel with Blofeld and a precipitous fall from the balloon into the Japanese sea below, James has developed a severe case of amnesia. Deciding to keep Bond for herself, Kissy, who rescues Bond from drowning, chooses not to tell the man who would be 007 that he’s a secret agent. Rather she lets him carry on happily as her lover in a small Japanese fishing village. She even becomes pregnant with his child.
In the meanwhile, MI6 assumes Bond is dead, and M publishes a glowing obituary for the late naval commander in The Sunday Times (the actual newspaper Fleming worked at as a columnist). In the final post-script of the obit, Bond’s personal secretary Mary Goodnight—who is more like the cinematic Moneypenny than the literary version of that character—writes this about her favorite co-worker: “If indeed our fears for him are justified, may I suggest these simple words for his epitaph? Many of the junior staff here feel they represent his philosophy: ‘I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’”
This is a quote from one of Fleming’s favorite American authors, Jack London, who is said to have repeatedly told friends this creed just two months before his death in 1916. When Fleming wrote YOLT , he too was aware of his failing health as well as doctors’ insistence he eliminate his vices of smoke and drink (an order he adamantly ignored). While he couldn’t bring himself to kill off his literary creation, he seemed to be writing his own obituary through him on the page. In fact, much of Bond’s personal background in the obit, from being kicked out of Eton College to studying in Switzerland, comes from Fleming’s own lived experiences.
No Time to Die , by contrast, ends Bond’s life for real on-screen. Realizing if he saved himself he’d likely doom his daughter and ostensible wife, this 007 chooses to die in the explosion which will destroy Safin’s island (which, by the by, sure looks like a volcano from above). After Bond’s death, M is the one to quote Jack London’s credo in full while eulogizing the Commander Bond among MI6 staff.
Bond did live on past YOLT on the page. He even eventually leaves his idyllic happiness with Kissy to discover who he really was—causing her (much like Madeleine in No Time to Die ) to not tell Bond she’s pregnant with his child. But in No Time to Die , Craig and company decided to use the opportunity, and Fleming’s books, to give a definitive ending to James Bond’s life. They use their time.
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James Bond: The Man and His World, the Official Companion to Ian Fleming's Creation by Henry Chancellor, is a fascinating account of James Bond and creator Ian Fleming.
The author had access to never-before-seen documents and material from the Ian Fleming archive to create this book.
The James Bond Archives No Time To Die by TASCHEN
The James Bond Archives No Time To Die Edition by TASCHEN is the ultimate companion to all things 007, covering the making of every single movie in the James Bond franchise, from Dr. No (1962) to No Time To Die (2020).
This is a seriously impressive book, in both size and content. An eyecatcher on any coffee table or Bond collection display.
TASCHEN The James Bond Archives XXL Art Edition
The TASCHEN James Bond Archives XXL Art Editions are limited edition versions of the TASCHEN James Bond Archives XXL No Time To Die.
The James Bond Archives by TASCHEN
To celebrate 50 years of the James Bond franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation.
No Time to Die: The Making of the Film
No Time to Die: The Making of the Film , published by Titan Books, is the official behind-the-scenes book for No Time To Die .
From Tailors with Love
Bond fans Matt Spaiser (Bond Suits) and Peter Brooker (From Tailors With Love) have released their first book, From Tailors with Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films .
The book about the menswear and Bond clothing and is available from May 31st 2021.
The James Bond Film Guide
The James Bond Film Guide is a 296-page authorised guide to all 25 official James Bond films. From 1962’s Dr. No to 2021’s No Time To Die , the book takes you through six decades of cinematic history. This is your indispensable guide to one of the entertainment industry’s greatest film franchises.
The book is now available:
The Folio Society Ian Fleming James Bond series
The Folio Society has been releasing Ian Fleming James Bond novels since 2015, with one or two books released each year.
The Folio Society Ian Fleming books are hardcover editions with a solid pictorial slipcase. All the Folio Society James Bond editions are Bound in blocked cloth, set in Miller Text with Folio Bond Condensed as display.
The Goldfinger Files
The Goldfinger Files - The Making Of The Iconic Alpine Sequence In The James Bond Movie Goldfinger , by Steffen Appel and Peter Wälty, is an illustrated history of the film’s iconic scenes shot in Switzerland’s Urseren Valley, crowned by the car chase with Bond’s gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5.
Bond Cars: The Definitive History
Bond Cars: The Definitive History is a lavish celebration of the cars that also became the stars alongside James Bond.
The book features original call sheets, technical drawings and story-boards, accompanied by previously unpublished photography and exclusive interviews, about every car driven by 007 on film.
50 Greatest Bond Cars
50 Greatest Bond Cars takes a closer look at 50 legendary cars from 25 James Bond movies, including the cars from the newest No Time To Die movie starring Daniel Craig and Rami Malek.
Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming
Shaken explores James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s writings on the pleasures of drinking, the stories behind the Bond phenomenon and drinks inspired by 007 and his creator.
Some Kind of Hero
Some Kind of Hero - The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films is a new Bond book written by Bond scholars Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury.
On the Tracks of 007
All James Bond film locations in one unique travel guide! Dutch 007 connoisseur Martijn Mulder has written a unique field guide to the exotic James Bond filming locations around the world.
On the Tracks of 007: Guide to Japan
From Martijn Mulder, the author of the ultimate Bond location guide On the Tracks of 007 , now comes a special Japan film guide, featuring the filming locations of the fifth James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
On the tracks of 007: Guide to Thailand James Bond locations
This new book from On The Tracks of 007 author Martijn Mulder focuses on James Bond locations in Thailand, in the movies The Man With The Golden Gun and Tomorrow Never Dies .
Filming James Bond in The Bahamas
Visit all your favorite 007 locations in The Bahamas with this new location guide by Simon Firth and On The Tracks of 007.
ITALY Location Guide On The Tracks Of 007
On The Tracks of 007 presents ITALY - a James Bond location guide.
The book is written by Simon Firth, with a foreword by John Glen, editing and design by Martijn Mulder, cover design by Jeffrey Marshall.
ITALY is now available as a hardcover or paperback at the On The Tracks of 007 website .
Côte d'Azur - James Bond locations in South of France
On December 4th, 2020, Onthetracksof007.com presents a brand new publication: Côte d'Azur.
The book is written by Simon Firth and looks at the many James Bond connections in the South of France, with a special focus on the filming locations.
LAIR: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains
LAIR: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains is quite a special book for Bond collectors and people interested in architecture.
The Many Lives of James Bond
The Many Lives of James Bond - How The Creators of 007 Have Decoded The Superspy , by Mark Edlitz offers a collection of original interviews with actors who have played Bond in different media, as well as in-depth interviews with many of the diverse artists who have contributed their talents to the making of James Bond movies, television shows, novels, radio dramas, comic books, and vid
Anderson & Low: On the Set of James Bond's SPECTRE
The British artist duo Anderson & Low has created a highly original art project based on the brilliant artifice of the spectacular sets from the James Bond movie SPECTRE . The result was shown in an exhibition at Camera Work in Berlin from 25 June - 27 August 2016, and in the book Anderson & Low: On the Set of James Bond's SPECTRE .
Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE
Renowned photographer Rankin takes us from script to screen in Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE , curating an ensemble of exclusive photography and cast and crew interviews.
Bond on Set: Filming SkyFall
Since Die Another Day , authorised Bond stills photographer Greg Williams has released a behind the scenes photoalbum of each Bond film, and this year will be no different. Bond on Set: Filming SkyFall takes you behind the scenes on the set of SkyFall , the 23rd Bond movie.
Bond on Set: Filming Quantum of Solace
Following in the footsteps of Bond on Set: Filming Die Another Day and Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale, the 2008 publication Bond on Set: Filming Quantum of Solace features movie stills, photographs, and behind-the-scenes info from the 22nd Bond film featuring Daniel Craig.
Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale
Featuring the debut of a brand-new Bond and set in a number of spectacular European locations, Casino Royale is the latest addition to the most successful film series ever made.
Bond on Set: Filming Die Another Day
Bond on Set: Filming Die Another Day is a photographic journey chronicling the creation of a Bond movie and the only official companion to the Bond release of Die Another Day (2002).
The Man with the Golden Eye: Peter Lamont
The Man with the Golden Eye: Designing the James Bond Films is production designer Peter Lamont's autobiography, detailing his work on 18 James Bond films.
This deluxe, full-colour hardback is packed full of previously unseen images from the collection of James Bond production designer Peter Lamont.
James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters
From 1962's Dr. No to 2012's SkyFall , James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters is an unforgettable gallery of Bond posters, teasers and lobby cards from virtually every country where Bond movies have been screened.
LIFE: 50 years of James Bond
LIFE has published a nice collector's item: a hardcover book with 170 pages of 50 years of James Bond.
Fifty years (and five billion dollars in ticket sales) ago, the dashing Scottish actor Sean Connery declared suavely that he was "Bond, James Bond." Thus began a cinematic series unlike any other.
All About Bond
All About Bond is a unique memoir that will delight, amuse and inform Bond fans the world over. The humor, the drama and the camaraderie, on set and off, is captured through the immortal lens of one of the world's most legendary photographers, Terry O'Neill.
Into the Lion's Mouth: The Story of Dusko Popov
Into the Lion's Mouth by Larry Loftis tells the incredible true story about Dusko Popov, a World War II spy, patriot, and the real-life inspiration for James Bond.
If you are interested in Ian Fleming, James Bond, WWII and D-Day, this is a must read.
James Bond Encyclopedia
First conceived of by Ian Fleming more than 50 years ago, the exploits of this most charismatic and capable superspy have entertained audiences for over four decades, with six actors tackling the role of Bond.
The magazine Playboy has a long associated history with the James Bond series.
High Life magazine
In the movie Die Another Day (2002) we see Bond reading an article about Gustav Graves in the High Life magazine in BA (British Airways) flight from Cuba back to London.
Dressed to Kill: James Bond, The Suited Hero
Dressed to Kill: James Bond, The Suited Hero: a celebration of the clothing styles that have made James Bond one of the most potent and enduring cultural icons.
Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
If you have never read an Ian Fleming James Bond novel, it's about time that you do! Why not start with the first Bond novel, and one of the best: Casino Royale .
The Bluffer's Guide to Bond
The Bluffer's Guide to Bond is a compact pocket book full of basic facts about the James Bond film and bookseries.
The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007
The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007 , written by Kingsley Amis, is a manual for prospective agents on how to live like Agent 007, illustrated with examples taken from the Fleming novels. The book was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1965.
Being James Bond: Volume One - Pocket Edition
Being James Bond: Volume One - Pocket Edition is a guidebook on living more like James Bond by mastering the same skills that Bond has. Written by Joseph Darlington (aka Head of Section), famous for his Being James Bond podcasts, and several articles on Bond Lifestyle.
The Complete James Bond Lifestyle Seminar
After many years of success with the James Bond Lifestyle Seminar, author and speaker Paul Kyriazi has put the entire seminar down in book form.
Learn how to turn your fantasies into reality. And how to enjoy and control them when they come to you. Learn how to not just look cool in a casino or checking into a resort hotel, but how to be cool, as cool as James Bond.
How To Live The James Bond Lifestyle
A serious 90-minute audiobook seminar for men that shows you how to upgrade your life to the level of 007.
With a Mind To Kill
With A Mind To Kill is the third James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz. The book was published on 26 May 2022 by Jonathan Cape.
Signed copies were available to pre-order earlier in the year from in the United Kingdom only at high street and independent retailers.
Forever and a Day, Anthony Horowitz
Forever and a Day is Anthony Horowitz’s second James Bond novel using original material by Ian Fleming. The story is a prequel to Casino Royale , Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel, and will explore the origins of the world’s most famous secret agent.
Excerpts from the book:
Carte Blanche is a new James Bond novel written by Jeffery Deaver, commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications.
Devil May Care
Devil May Care is the newest installment in the James Bond series. The book was released worldwide on Ian Fleming's birthday, May 28. Written by novelist Sebastian Faulks, Devil May Care is set in the cold war, picking up where Fleming left off in 1966 with Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming, has created the perfect continuation of the James Bond legacy.
Solo, by William Boyd
Solo is a new James Bond novel written by William Boyd.
The story takes place in 1969. Having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.
Casino Royale book on one page
Casino Royale , the classic novel that introduced secret agent James Bond to the world, is now available on one page! The book/poster is created by Spineless Classics. The entire text of the book is printed on a single page, wrapped around the design and featuring the author's logo and signature.
James Bond's London
James Bond's London, a comprehensive Reference Guide to over 250 locations from the World of Ian Fleming and James Bond...
The Art of Bond: From Storyboard to Screen
Jam packed with anecdotes, facts, and behind-the scenes revelations; over 200 rare photographs from the archives of eon productions.
Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond
As the author Robert Caplen asks in his first chapter: why another book about Bond? One answer is simply that there can never be enough of a good thing.
Birds of the West Indies by James Bond
Birds of the West Indies is known not only for its exhaustive study of Caribbean birds but also because of the name of the book's author, the ornithologist James Bond, which was used by Ian Fleming for the name of his fictional British secret agent, Commander James Bond.
Instant Japanese by Masahiro Watanabe and Kei Nagashima
In the 1967 movie You Only Live Twice , James Bond (Sean Connery) gets the book Instant Japanese by Masahiro Watanabe and Kei Nagashima from Moneypenny to brush up on his Japanese.
In the film, MI6 decides to fake Bond's death. On the British HMS Tenby war ship M tells James Bond about his new mission in Japan and Moneypenny gives him the final instructions.
Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones
In Casino Royale , on a small table in M's apartment, we have spotted a hardcover copy of Burne-Jones: The Life and Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) by Christopher Wood.
The Rough Guide to James Bond
This Rough Guide is devoted to James Bond, the most famous fictional character of the 20th century. There's no one quite like 007, the secret agent whose identity is the world's worst kept secret and who is still the movie hero most men really aspire to be.
James Bond: The Secret World of 007
This definitive celebration of 007, created in conjunction with Eon Productions, the producers of 19 James Bond films, will thrill fans of any age with its unique visual style.
007 On The Rocks
'007 On the Rocks: A Guide to the Drinks of James Bond' is a practical easy-to-use guidebook covering the unique world of James Bond libations. It contains every aspect of amateur mixology a Bond enthusiast needs to know.
My Word Is My Bond - Roger Moore
The quintessential suave hero, Roger Moore has had an extraordinary career that has spanned seven decades, from early television to the golden age of Hollywood and on to international superstardom.
Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown - Roger Moore
In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of Hollywood. Sir Roger is of course an actor and has starred in films that have made him famous the world over; but he’s also a tremendous prankster, joker and raconteur. Despite the fact that he is well known as one of the nicest guys in the business, on and off the screen he has always been up for some fun.
Bond on Bond - Roger Moore
To celebrate the James Bond film franchise's 50th anniversary, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them.
À Bientôt - Roger Moore
À Bientôt is the last book by the late, great Sir Roger Moore. A warm and engaging book in which Moore reflects on life and ageing.
Delivered, along with his own hand-drawn sketches, to his publisher shortly before he passed away, in À Bientôt, Roger looks back on his life – and gives it his trademark sideways glance, too.
James Bond in the 21st Century: why we still need 007
James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 offers a fun, irreverent look at everyone's favourite spy. The enduring power of the world's most dashing secret agent and the evolution of the James Bond franchise are explored in this smart yet nostalgic collection of essays edited by Glenn Yeffeth.
Becoming Bond, Jason Wain
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Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan
From the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Cubby Broccoli, Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan is a love-letter to James Bond, Duran Duran title songs and bolting down your tea quick enough to watch Roger Moore falling out of a plane without a parachute.
Product Placement in James-Bond-Filmen
This book about product placement in James Bond films, written by Nadja Tata, is only available in German.
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection Audio Books
The Ian Fleming James Bond novels are now available as audio books on CD or as a download in the The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection Audio Books. These books are the complete and unabridged versions of the original Ian Fleming novels.
Goldeneye - Where Bond was born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica
In 'Goldeneye - Where Bond was born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica', author Matthew Parker steps into the exotic world of Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Steve McQueen by William Claxton, TASCHEN
If you like the style of Daniel Craig, you might also like Steve McQueen. The two film stars share many similar features, from their rugged but cool face, short haircut and well-built body, but there's no doubt that Craig has been infuenced by some of the clothing and accessory choices of the legendary actor and allround cool guy Steve McQueen.
The Big Book on James Bond
The Big Book on James Bond (Norwegian: Den store boken om James Bond), by Morten Cruys Magnus Sagen and Morten Steingrimsen, covers all the aspects of James Bond, including all the films, novels, comics, cars, drinks, 007’s wardrobe, the Bond actors and much more. There is even a chapter on Norway's Bond connection.
Fan Phenomena: James Bond
Fan Phenomena: James Bond is a collection of short research articles exploring the devoted fanbase that has helped make Bond what he is, offering a serious but wholly accessible take on the many different ways that fans have approached, appreciated, and appropriated Bond over the sixty years of his existence from the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels to the screen.
Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies
Every bird that ever flew in a James Bond film, meticulously recorded by artist Taryn Simon.
In the book Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies (2015), artist Taryn Simon casts herself as James Bond (1900-1989) the ornithologist, and identifies, photographs and classifies all the birds that appear within the 24 films of the James Bond franchise.
Birds of the West Indies (Taryn Simon)
In the 2013 art project and book Birds of the West Indies , a meticulous and comprehensive dissection of the Bond films, artist Taryn Simon inventories women, weapons and vehicles, constant elements in the films between 1962 and 2012.
Fashion in Film
Fashion in Film, by Christopher Laverty and published by Laurence King in September 2016, is a stunningly illustrated, authoritative insight into designer fashion’s use in Hollywood and world cinema.
Boutell's Heraldry is reference guide about British heraldry and coat of arms.
A copy of the book is clearly seen and used by James Bond (George Lazenby) in the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion
The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion , by Simon D. Beck, is an amazingly detailed and extensive reference guide to airplanes and helicopters in films and tv series, including the James Bond film series.
The book opens with a foreword by leading aviation film historian James H. Farmer and an introduction by the author Simon D Beck.
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What Does M Read at the End of ‘No Time to Die’ About the ‘Proper Function of Man’?
The new 007 film ends on a bittersweet note, with a quote that calls back to an early James Bond book
Warning : This story contains major spoilers for “No Time to Die.”
As Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, “No Time to Die” is packed with action and intrigue — but also turns surprisingly emotional with the deaths of several key characters.
And the film ends on a bittersweet note as characters gather in the London office of spy chief M (Ralph Fiennes) to pay tribute to a fallen comrade — with a quote that calls back to the history of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series.
In one of the film’s final scenes, M picks up a book and delivers a eulogy: “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
If you’re wondering about the origin of those lines, look no further — but fair warning, there will be spoilers ahead.
The lines that M reads come from Jack London, the 20th-century American novelist best known for adventure books like “The Call of the Wild” and “The Sea Wolf.” The passage was first published in the San Francisco Bulletin in 1916 , which said that the author “is known to have said these words, just two months before his death, to a group of friends with whom he was discussing life and living.”
It’s a fitting tribute for James Bond, who appears to have sacrificed himself in order to save the planet — and his true love, Madeleine (Lea Seydoux), and their young daughter (Lisa-Dorah Sonnet) — from the bioterrorist plot of Rami Malek’s Lyutsifer Safin.
But it also has another connection to James Bond. The very same passage appeared in the 1964 Ian Fleming novel “You Only Live Twice” — which had a plot that is very, very different from the 1967 film of the same name. And the book connection suggests that we might be too quick to write off 007 for good.
In the novel, the Jack London lines are used to eulogize Bond after a newspaper obituary appears and the world (mistakenly) thinks that he has been killed. MI6 agent and 007 love interest Mary Goodnight suggests “these simple words for his epitaph. Many of the junior staff here feel they represent his philosophy: ‘I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.'” (Mary Goodnight, of course, turns up in the film franchise much later, played by Britt Ekland in 1974’s “The Man With the Golden Gun.”)
So, is this another Easter Egg to suggest that our favorite British superspy might not really be dead and this is another premature obituary?
Well, the new movie does offer another clue at the very end of the credits: “James Bond will return.”
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James bond 26: are there any 007 books left to adapt.
The end of No Time To Die promised that James Bond will return for Bond 26, but are there any of Ian Fleming's 007 books left for the movie to adapt?
The ending of No Time To Die included the required " James Bond will return " title card that all James Bond movies end with, but there is little of Ian Fleming's books left to adapt for Bond 26 . Over the course of Bond's 60-year cinematic history, the spy series has used a combination of both Fleming's source material and original plots to keep James Bond relevant to a contemporary audience. With No Time To Die concluding Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond , Bond 26 will reboot the series once again, and the 007 producers will have to decide where the story for the next adventure will come from.
Ian Fleming wrote fourteen James Bond books (including two volumes of short stories), which were published between 1953 and 1966. The 007 book series started with Casino Royale which was adapted for television in 1954. The James Bond movie series then began with Dr. No in 1962, and since then has been one of the most consistent and reliable movie franchises ever, with twenty-five official James Bond movies released. Bond 26 doesn’t have any writers attached yet, and producer Barbara Broccoli still needs to find the next actor to play James Bond .
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Given the number of James Bond movies compared to the number of Fleming novels, it is no surprise that there are no Fleming book titles that haven't been used. During Timothy Dalton's tenure as 007 in the 1980s, the James Bond movies had used all the Fleming Bond book titles bar Casino Royale (which finally reached the screen in 2006). The James Bond movies though have always had a carefree approach to the adaptations of the novels. Some of the movies such as From Russia With Love , or On Her Majesty's Secret Service stay reasonably faithful to the books. However, movies like Moonraker or You Only Live Twice may only use the title, location, and some of the characters, and then craft an original plot. Other James Bond movies cherry-pick various plot elements, characters, and events from several James Bond books or short stories and mash them together (e.g. For Your Eyes Only took key plot elements from the novel Live and Let Die and the short story Risico ).
Over the 60 years of James Bond movies, there is little Fleming material left that is worthy of adaptation that hasn't been already adapted or referenced. Elements of Fleming’s Bond stories that do remain are dated, uncinematic, unfinished, or (as Fleming sometimes admitted) not very good. Fleming isn’t the only author to write 007 books though. Kingsley Amis wrote Colonel Sun in 1968. Between 1981-1996, John Gardner wrote fourteen original James Bond books before Raymond Benson took over the series with six novels and two short stories between 1996-2002. Since then, six more authors have written James Bond books, with the latest, With a Mind to Kill released in May 2022. Most of these post-Fleming novels don’t cry out to be adapted wholesale, but certain characters and events could be used for Bond 26 . 2018 novel Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz is a prequel to Casino Royale and contains previously unpublished Fleming material. It has Bond investigating the death of the previous 007, which could be a good way to introduce the new cinematic James Bond .
There are also nine young James Bond books (and one short story) by Charlie Higson, and later, Stephen Cole, published between 2005 and 2017. These are set in the 1930s to fit in with the chronology of Fleming's James Bond. Though the young James Bond books are unlikely candidates for Bond 26 , there is scope for them to be adapted into a television series (especially with Amazon owning MGM now, and the streaming service always being on the lookout for new content). Wherever the 007 producers get their inspiration from, however, one thing is certain: James Bond will return.
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