A Taschen book on Dr. No

RevelatorRevelator Posts: 545MI6 Agent
edited February 8 in James Bond Literature

Arriving this month is a new book from Taschen on Dr. No:

"...EON Productions opened its archives of photos, designs, and production materials to TASCHEN. The result is this remarkable account of the making of Dr. No, Bond’s first film outing: a beautiful volume that includes a treasure trove of words and pictures, many of which have never been seen before.

"Access to EON’s James Bond archives was completely unrestricted, so this book is the most comprehensive account of one of the most iconic films the world has ever seen. Step inside the pages to find the true inside story and outstanding insights into the personalities and processes behind the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.

"You can closely follow the making of the film through a day-by-day account of what took place, which scenes were shot and who made the decisions that shaped the story and characters as it was filmed. Among the 1007 images, you’ll see many rare and previously unpublished stills and on-set shots from photographers such as Bert Cann, Bunny Yaeger and Bradley Smith, as well as memos, documents, posters, and production designs.

"And the behind-the-scenes stories paint their own pictures too, told by the people who were there. From producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to director Terence Young and production designer Ken Adam, as well as the cast, the crew, writers and stuntmen, these personal narratives invite readers back in time and on to the film set itself."

Sounds good, until you get to the price...$850. Undoubtedly Taschen will release a cheaper edition in a year or two, but will it have all the text and images from the original?


  • HarryCanyonHarryCanyon Posts: 117MI6 Agent


  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent

    At that price, I’ll just rewatch the movie.

    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • LoeffelholzLoeffelholz The United States, With LovePosts: 8,985Quartermasters
    edited February 10

    Just so 🍸️ Saw an ad for the book, and it looks lovely...but that's not the life I'm living.

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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,582MI6 Agent

    It's a truly ridiculous price. No new book is worth that, but ridiculous overpricing and the 007 Store go hand in hand.

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  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,192MI6 Agent

    A lot of Mickey taking about this new book on Twitter. One pointing out that the research took two years - in other words, 2 years ago someone said, how about a 60th anniversary book on Dr No? To which someone replied, okay but it will take two years to put it together....

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

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  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,094MI6 Agent

    Crazy price for a book. This one must be aimed at the 0.01% of Bond fans.

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  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,192MI6 Agent

    Though if it's a numbers game, that could still turn them a massive profit.

    It's funny isn't it... you need to have that money to throw away if you want it. In terms of money's worth... how often would you really look at it? Then again, you could buy a car for three times that amount - second hand, natch - and if you only took it out for a spin 10 times a year, and had to pay more fixing it and road tax and so on - that would also be not worthy of your cash. I hesitate to buy singles and LPs these days because I now have so many, I'm unlikely to play a new one any more than twice, I don't have the time.

    But another snag is when you read the Dr No book you'd so worried about spilling a drop of wine or coffee on it, it would take the pleasure out of it!

    But I suppose we don't post threads on the chances of buying Bond's latest Aston from the films, so this is in that category.

    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Red_SnowRed_Snow Posts: 296MI6 Agent

    Paul Duncan has responded on Twitter to the outrage at the price, and notes that with most TASCHEN releases, such as the James Bond Archives, a cheaper trade edition will be available in the future.

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