When "Dr. No" was released in 1962, it had an immediate and lasting impact on film audiences. The character of Bond became an icon of masculine cool and an international idol who would ride the cultural zeitgeist for the next 40 years. This title chronciles the evolution of the Bond movies and examines what it is about Bond that changed cinema for ever. Decade by decade from the 1960s on, the book looks at Bond in history and history in Bond. With films that are set "two mintues into the future", they have both echoed and presaged technological developments as well as key moments in the Cold War and its aftermath. The voice of James Bond and his creators is heard through extensive interviews and the book includes commentary from famous fans and film critics from around the world. With over 550 images from the 007 archives and exclusive private collections, this book celebrates all that is Bond.
John Cork and Bruce Scivally are two of the world's premier authorities on Bond having produced and written thirty documentaries for the MGM James Bond DVD project and contributed to The Ultimate James Bond CD ROM.