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Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  532 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. To celebrate these films and their cultural heritage, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cocktails to the cars, ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Lyons Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
A glossy, detailed coffee table book that celebrates the long-running (50 years this year) Bond franchise, delivered with the wit that one expects from Sir Roger Moore (assisted here by Gareth Owen). Filled with well-chosen, very well reproduced photographs, this is broken into eleven categories (Beginnings, Villains, Girls, Gadgets, Cars, Style, Location, Bonds, Behind the Scenes, Screen and Films) and covers the films, the books and various memorabilia. Although this is sanctioned by EON produ ...more
Nick Guzan
Nice, quick, and easy book wittily written by the late, great Roger Moore with his insightful musings and stories about 007. Terrific pictures and surprising honesty (he really hates Grace Jones!) make it a must for the book shelf - or coffee table - of any James (or "Jimmy," as Sir Rog calls him) Bond fan.
Benjamin Stahl
I've now officially broken my self-pledged rule of only reviewing novels (or non-fiction books that are shaped like novels ... fucking you know what I mean).
Here I am doing goddamned picture-books now. Soon I'll be reviewing the weekly bulletin at my church; I mean I could certainly have a go at their typos and all that. Perhaps I'll get to reviewing all the self-help books I've collected over the years and been too ashamed to tell anyone about, such as 'Guinea Pigs Haven't Done Anything To You
Lee Goldberg
I was eagerly awaiting Roger Moore's Bond on Bond, figuring that he'd give us a unique, insider's perspective on the series. I was very wrong. This book is a huge disappointment that offers nothing new...its simply a fluffy rehash of previously reported information, seemingly ghostwritten by someone else and interrupted with occasional, dull ancedotes from Moore that aren't nearly as interesting, or informative, as the Bond reflections he shared in his earlier, and far superior, autobiography My ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book for Bond fans written by Bond himself!
Roger Moore writes with a sense of humour and style all his own.
As an insider he explains in simple terms the appeal of the Bond franchise, the actors, the cars, Bond villains and of course Bond girls.
You won't be shaken or stirred reading this but you will be entertained!
Not Top Secret, a must read for Bond fans!
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bondfans
Recommended to Mark by: the Bondfans
The good news first: It is a lovely designed book with beautifull pictures that will keep you returning at.

Textually the book sadly offers very little news out of the experiences of Sir Roger Moore and his adventures as 007. Actually where his previous book left me with only nice things to say about the man this one did leave a somewhat less positive impression. Do not get understand me wrong I find Sir Roger Moore a brilliant and passionate man who has done many great things, this book is sadly
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-television
I'm not the best person to review this, seeing as how I listened to the audiobook version and therefore completely missed out on all the photographs, which are arguably the book's main selling point. Without the pictures, the text is pretty dry, though Moore's droll sense of humor and frequent bouts of chuckling help it out somewhat. However, too much of the book is comprised of plot summary for old Bond films, as well as rather uninteresting insights into the financial/business aspects of sever ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013
It has been some time since James Bond emerged from murky water of low literature to the movies and started victorious road trough the half of the century. Sir Roger Moore put his view of Bond phenomena with straight line and insight of man who was big 007. It is pity that there were not present some notes from other actors. There could be more photos.
Mark Short
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent nostalgia. Nice photographs and some good quotes from Mr Moore.
Lisa Bennett
absolutely brilliant. thoroughly enjoyed it. contained everything i wanted to know. covers every element of Bond. totally recommend this to every fan. a must read/own.
When I first saw this book, I thought it was another compendium of the James Bond books and movies. However, if I had looked closer while at the cash register, I would have seen it was written by Roger Moore, which would probably have made me put the book back on the table. Luckily I didn't peek at the author and luckily I kept the book, for I really enjoyed it all.

Moore still holds the record of having played Jimmy Bond in the most movies, mainly through the 1970s and mid-1980s. The very first
John Cheeseman
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expect this is a definitive acount of the James Bond movies but I liked it more for the Roger Moore anecdotes. After a while I found the technical information a bit boring but am sure proper James Bond fans will love it
Kenneth Flusche
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We will miss you Sir Roger Moore and an interesting book too
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delicious read.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few amusing anecdotes, but pretty light-weight and inconsequential without a lot of real insight or substance.
Zach Koenig
This book was published largely because of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond character. Inside its pages are (in large part) the memories of Roger Moore, the longest-tenured Bond in the character's history. To be honest, reviewing this book is quite simple, as it does one thing really well while one negative aspect sticks out like a sore thumb...

The Good: Many great pictures of all the Bond movies/actors/gadgets/cars/women. Also a great "history lesson", of sorts, to the Bond character and
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Sir Roger Moore's book, My Word is My Bond, I knew I was not only in for a great book, but a fun time, as I don't think Mr. Moore has a serious bone in his body. Going into this, I also knew he was going to tell things that only he could. As the only actor to play Bond 7 times, he has a unique prospective.
First off, he was friends with Albert. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman before he ever played Bond, so he knew of decisions that were made for Sean Connery and George Lazenby, h
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should probably preface this with two disclaimers: 1) I have not read Mr. Moore's earlier autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, so anything in this book other reviewers found too familiar from that book is new to me; and 2) of all the men who have portrayed Agent 007 on the big screen, he is probably my favorite (with the possible exception of Pierce Brosnan, who a) looks more like Sir Ian's description of Bond and b) I have fond memories of from his TV series Remington Steele). Not to take anyth ...more
Tyler L.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this would be an enjoyable read. Also from Sir Roger I have previously read "Roger Moore's James Bond Diary" that tells his account of filming his first Bond film LIVE AND LET DIE and his autobiography entitled "My Word Is My Bond". He is a pretty good writer and his trademark sense of humor always shines through his writing. He had a co-author for this book as it would be difficult for a man in his 80s to do the entire thing himself. I am sure his co-writer helped him with research.

I ca
Tim Roast
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who better to provide an insight into James Bond, and we are talking about the movie James Bond in particular, than one of the actors to have played James Bond? Well maybe all six of them but instead you'll have to make do with just Roger Moore's version of the story. Obviously that means that his films have the best coverage (and Daniel Craig's probably the least), with some good anecdotes in amongst the facts. It also means that you'll have to make do with Roger Moore's writing style, which is ...more
Ryan Splenda
I, like everyone else I would assume, love James Bond. So it was only fitting that I should read something about Jimmy's 50th anniversary. My friend got me this book for my birthday. It was written by the third person to play James Bond, Roger Moore. Although there are some very interesting stories about the book to film adaptations and the politics involved behind making the movies, I couldn't help at being constantly annoyed with Moore's bombastic and cocky tone throughout the book. This book ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After three months slogging through that Dexter book, I needed a quick palate cleanse with something I knew I'd be interested in. To wit, I read this in just exactly 24 hours. Not straight of course. When Roger Moore is actually infusing things with his own insight and personal experiences, this book sets itself apart from the countless books on Bond I've read and will read. We're not likely to get this much access to the other five guys so I relished knowing what it's really like to be James Bo ...more
Stuart Slingsby
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well here I am again doing a review about another book to do with films (the last review was a Jean Claude Van Damme book).

I am a huge James Bond fan (Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnon are my faves). When I saw this being offered as part of the Kindle Unlimited sub I couldn't say no to a read, and what a read it is - the book goes through everything, from novel to film, each actor who played Bond and Moore's thoughts on the actors.

He talks about M, Q and what they were like as a person and winding
Robert Hepple
A beautifully illustrated book about 50 years of James Bond movies. Written in an engagingly flippant style by Roger Moore, there is of course a lot of emphasis on those movies which Moore himself starred in as he can describe first hand experiences, whilst his anecdotes about other Bond movies, although interesting, are perhaps suspect. That said, don’t expect the text to include anything too in depth, thought provoking, or particularly detailed. The books biggest plus is the absolutely amazing ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Public library copy.

Great anecdotal book with wonderful pictures from posters, movie stills, and behind the scenes images. Roger Moore was the Bond I grew up with as an 80's child. I only discovered other Bond's and its rich history when I was in my 20s with home video. As the book description expresses, this book only covers up to Quantum of Solace. I'm a big 007 fan and Bond films were the thing that allowed my wife and I connect when we dating over a score ago. In fact, her birthday usually
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I would have liked a little more about the history of Bond and how the character has changed over the years or how the character has evolved across the various novels, but this book is mainly about Roger Moore's personal experience both in his time playing Bond and in the times after he passed the torch on to someone else. Even though Moore can sometimes drone on for quite some time, there's still a ton of information about how the different actors portrayed Bond differently, the struggles of Eo ...more
Rob Keeley
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Bond fan's coffee table should be without this entertaining and elegant memoir from our longest-serving 007. It would be a witty and mischievous read even if Sir Roger didn't refer to Bond as Jimmy throughout. Lots of great trivia for fans of the books and movie series and some surprising rarities. Ever tried to read that newspaper story about 007's "death" glimpsed briefly at the start of "You Only Live Twice"? Well, you can in this book. Q would tell all agents to "pay attention" to this on ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning. If you're not a diehard Bond fan like me, you won't get much fun out of this book. Roger Moore writes nicely and with charming British self-deprecating humour, but the stories and anecdotes he tells about himself and the other five Bonds are only interesting for those who love the character and the movies like I do. The cars, the girls, the stunts, the gadgets,the drinks- everything is here. Complete with a full list of the films with posters and technical data and full with photos. Exc ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sadly a little disappointed with this book. I was expecting more behind the scenes anecdotes about life as James Bond and unfortunately I only learned a few things that I didn't already know. There is a lot of general Bond information without all of the little facts and stories from the man himself.
I will have to say that while reading this book I was able to just hear Roger Moore saying everything. It is completely filled with his personality and humor! I don't regret reading it and it w
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Sir Roger George Moore, KBE was an English actor and film producer, perhaps best known for portraying British secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985, and also Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint from 1962 to 1969. He received a star on the Hollywood
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