No other film series is as long-running and well-loved as James Bond. Spanning over 50 years, from Dr No in 1962 right up to the present day, the franchise has grown into a movie behemoth attracting the biggest and best names in the film industry and creating buzz like few other films.
Charting such a rich and detailed history is quite the task, but book publisher TASCHEN and editor Paul Duncan have done just that with The James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition.
Thanks to unrestricted access to the James Bond archives, this tome is packed full of concept designs, artwork, on-set photos, storyboards, posters, memos, and much more. It walks through the Bond back catalogue, each entry accompanied by an essay from some of film's most noted writers, including writers for Empire and Total Film and authors in their own right. With over 1,000 photos and countless other snippets of Bond history, this really is the ultimate coffee table book for James Bond fanatics.
It’s bang up-to-date too. The original version was released in 2012 following the release of Skyfall, but this updated edition also takes into account Spectre, Bond’s most recent outing.
We met with editor Paul Duncan to get an insight into just how he went about putting together such a comprehensive book.
Here are some snapshots from inside the book to give you an idea of what you can expect...