James Bond: Licence To “Quote”
The Quotable Double-0 Seven
1500 Humorous Quotations about the world’s most famous secret agent
James Bond: Licence To Quote: The Quotable Double-0 Seven
Licence to ‘Quote’ is the first book of humorous quotations solely dedicated to the ever-expanding universe surrounding James Bond 007. This volume—of 1500 light-hearted quote—uniquely focuses on humorous comments made about 007 rather than direct quotes from the Bond films or books.
“The franchise so often portrayed 007 as ass-chaser first and assassin second.”
Christopher Orr in The New Republic (2008)
“The Vatican condemned Dr. No as a ‘dangerous mixture of violence, vulgarity, sadism and sex.’ Ka-ching!”
Manohla Dargis in The New York Times (2006)
Licence to ‘Quote’ is all over the lighter side of Double-0 Seven like a cheap safari suit on Roger Moore. Bond’s life & legend, books & movies, enemies & lovers, cars & gadgets all come in for close inspection. 007 is as much a sitting target for defecation by the sardonic snipers in the press as an object of deification by the eulogistic empathists populating the fansites.
“I have friends who talk about the pleasures of the Bond ‘fantasy.’ What that boils down to is a bald bad guy, a bird in a bikini and loud bangs in a foreign country.”
Cosmo Landesman in The Times (2002)
“Indiana Jones, Arnie, Derek Flint et al owe a major debt to Bond, James Bond. Or perhaps Broccoli, Cubby Broccoli.”
Michael Cooper on Alternative007.co.uk (2006)
Licence to ‘Quote’ turns the tables on the world’s favourite spy and turns the spotlight on him. A veritable Who’s Who of observers and commentators—from all over the globe—take dead aim at James Bond: man & myth, superspy & superstar. Comical contributions come from his creators, his biographers, his critics, his fans, his imitators and from a wide selection of media sources over the last 50 years.
“GoldenEye has a breed of actress who would no more come out of the sea in bikinis like Ursula Andress than they would serve the boys coffee between takes.”
David Lister in The Independent (1996)
“James Bond has about as much to do with the intelligence profession as Billy Bunter has with public schools.”
Stella Rimington – former Dir-General of M.I.5. in The Times (2006)
The depth and diversity of this source material clearly demonstrates the unrivalled level of recognition and the extraordinary fan-base James Bond has built up since he first appeared in the 1950s.
“It is hard to overestimate the effect James Bond had on post-war readers and audiences. Here was the first English hero who didn’t own a sensible jumper.”
Christopher Fowler in The Independent on Sunday (2006)
“Bond has no sense of humour, telling only one joke in all 14 books (in Goldfinger (1959)—and it isn’t very funny).”
Anthony Horowitz in The Daily Telegraph (2008)
Since 1953, James Bond has been at the summit of the best-seller’s list, at the top of the movie box-office and remains at the forefront of the world’s consciousness. His iconic image and cultural footprint are legendary: Licence to ‘Quote’ celebrates that the more flippant side of that legend.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Bond’s gadgets. The guy who gave them to him—’Q’—must have been psychic. He always gave him exactly what he bloody well wanted.”
“In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig develops the character very skilfully. When he starts he is ‘a blunt instrument.’ By the end, he’s the sharpest tool in the box.”
Christopher Tookey in The Daily Mail (2006)
The book is published in two versions:
Licence to Quote for the U.K. & E.C. and
License to Quote for the North American and global markets.
For further details on both Quotable Double-0-Seven books, please go to their respective websites…
The U.K. / E.C. version Licence to ‘Quote’ is only available online from these dedicated websites. The USA / global version is also available on Amazon.com.
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