19. February 2016 12:34
We just received this press release from John Blake Publishing:
John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of James Bond: The Secret History, in which Sean Egan explores the stories behind one of Britain’s most recognised and stylish cultural icons.
The most recent release in the James Bond franchise Spectre took £94m in ticket sales in 2015, and in 2016 overtook Avatar to become the third highest grossing film of all time in the UK. Daniel Craig’s Bond movies have grossed over £2 billion worldwide, and given that Craig has now confirmed he will continue with the franchise until at least 2020, it is clear that Bond-fever looks set to grip audiences for many years to come.
Agent 007 made his first appearance - arguably as a propaganda figure - in 1953, when the Cold War still raged. Why, then, is this relic of British fiction history more globally popular than ever before?
In this extremely collectible title, author Sean Egan explores Bond’s enduring popularity, tracing a rich history of tradition and development over more than half a century. From the designer suits and coiffed hair to the classic Aston Martins and mesmerizing gadgetry, Bond is the most visually stylish and British film franchise of them all.
Sean Egan has interviewed many of those who have shaped the Bond universe over the last half century, including Roger Moore; Goldeneye and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell; composer of the iconic Bond theme Monty Norman; and David V Picker, the film executive who brokered the deal to get Sean Connery as Bond.
James Bond: The Secret History is essential reading for both James Bond aficionados and those with a wider interest in British film history, within which Bond continues to play a central role.
The Book goes on Sale in the UK on Thursday, February 25th 2016, published by John Blake Publishing in hardback and priced £16.99.
No word yet on when it will be coming to the US, but you can order your copy now from Amazon.co.uk.