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Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (Cinema and Society)

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The James Bond epic is the most popular film series in silver screen history: it is estimated that a quarter of the world's population has seen a Bond feature. The saga of Britain's best-loved martini hound (who we all know prefers his favorite drink "shaken, not stirred") has adapted to changing times for four decades without ever abandoning its tried-and-true formula of ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published October 31st 1999)
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Steve Mitchell
Jul 31, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a guide to all the best bits from the Bond films, the biographies of the cast and crew and so on, then there are plenty of books out there for you; but this is not the book you are looking for. This book is a serious study to put the Bond movies – including the two not made by Eon Productions – into the context of the social history of the day. Written by a self-confessed Bond fan this is an attempt to explain the place of the Bond films in society. It highlights that duri ...more
Dave
Apr 20, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from the bookstore I worked at on Oxford Street, London, in 1999, the year it was first published. I've just read it, 16 years and five Bond films later, which gives an indication not just of how busy my life has been, but how big a priority I placed on the book.

And yet, it was well worth the read. Please keep in mind that this is not a fawning fan book, or a studio back compendium filled with glossier stills and "dossier" stats. There are plenty of those books out there. This
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Allen
Nov 14, 2008 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jame Bond fans
Recommended to Allen by: Found in the Library
This was a fair attempt to fit in the essence of James Bond and how it fit into the society at the time, and how it fits in with other movies being made at the time that Dr. No, and the others to follow it faired. In my opinion the Bond movies at first set the trend and other movies tried to pick up on it, or the feeling of it. They were the first movies to have the sometimes funny one liners at the end of an action sequence. Lots of other action movies took that and ran with it....in particual ...more
Matt79
Dec 31, 2010 Matt79 rated it it was amazing
I first came across this book when studying a film history module for my Social History degree. With time not on my side I was only able to read the chapters regarding some of the '60s Bond films.

Ten years later, I bought the book, which I regard as one of the best critiques of film available.

Chapman's enthusiasm for his subject is evident and makes this an enjoyable read. He provides, not only, a history of the Bond franchise, but also a fantastic appraisal of how the films helped define Britis
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Kimberley Jackson
Mar 22, 2015 Kimberley Jackson rated it it was amazing
An excellent cultural history of the Bond genre, giving a detailed overwview along with comparisons between novels and screen productions. I'd recommend this for everyone seeking an excellent introduction to the scope of the world of James Bond.
Ron
Apr 04, 2007 Ron rated it really liked it
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A bit hard to find, this book treads middle ground between film criticism based on the tenants of some particular school of thought, and a more "pop culture" analysis of the Bond films. It describes the relationship of the films to the books, how the character differs in both, and most interestingly how the character and villians evolve throughout the series in response to world events. One point evolved is Bond's misogyny and how that was considerably 'softened' in the films of the 90s. This pe ...more
Mark
Mar 22, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Excellent book on the cultural history of the James Bond films. The author places each film in the context that it was made to try and show how each was relevant to its time. Good film criticism.
Daniel
Jan 23, 2008 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a neat study of Bond as a pop-culture icon. It has both behind-the-scenes information and critical analysis of the films, with just the right tone.
Cinematic Cteve
Aug 09, 2012 Cinematic Cteve rated it really liked it
Insightful and entertaining as hell.
Cody
May 09, 2014 Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it is hardly the definitive analysis of cinematic Bond (it's simply too large a subject), it nonetheless provides a solid overview of the cultural contexts in which the films were created. Chapman's thoughts are succinct and offer a nice balance of analysis and production history.
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Great read. Riveting and infiormative.
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James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester. He has written several books on the history of British popular culture, including work on cinema, television and comics.

He attended Wales High School during the 1980s. He took his BA (History) and MA (Film Studies) at the University of East Anglia and then undertook his doctoral r
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