Martinis, Girls And Guns: Fifty Years Of 007
Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe
Publication date: 22 November 2002
‘(He) couldn’t be further from my idea of James Bond. Everything was wrong: the face, the accent, the hair.’ – Ian Fleming, upon first meeting Sean Connery
An authoritative insight into the most famous fictional creation of the 20th Century.
James Bond is unquestionably the most universally famous fictional character ever created. As Ian Fleming sat down to write Casino Royale fifty years ago, could he possibly have known what an impact his creation would have on popular culture for the rest of the 20th century and beyond?
Bond soon eclipsed his creator, as he progressed from page to screen. Immortalised by Sean Connery. Roger Moore, and now Pierce Brosnan, Bond is established as a worldwide sex symbol. He defeats enemies and seduces women – and audiences – with his devastating combination of style, wry wit and understated cool.
Martinis, Guns and Girls is the definitive look at the world of Bond from Fleming’s inception to the latest Pierce Brosnan blockbuster. This book examines how this adult fairy tale has managed to survive and thrive despite the bewildering number of changes that have occurred since the character’s creation. It also features previously unpublished material from Ian Fleming’s close friend and step-son in law – Sir John Morgan who devised the character of Oddjob and reveals Fleming’s thoughts when meeting Sean Connery as well as other intriguing insights. With unprecedented access to the latest films and stills from the early years, Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe present the ultimate history of a unique literary and cinematic icon.
Through their relationship with Eon Productions, Gary and Martin have an open invitation to visit the set of each new Bond movie. Gary’s father knew “Cubby” Broccoli and Sean Connery, and Roger Moore is a family friend. Martin conducted a major interview with Pierce Brosnan on the set of The World is Not Enough. Martin and Gary have co-authored Cary Grant: In Name Only and Morecambe and Wise.