Co-author Mike Gent speaks about the recently published hardback gift book "The Little Book of Bond"...

The Little Book of Bond
22nd May 2009

"The Little Book of Bond" co-author Mike Gent gave a Little Interview about the pint-sized publication celebrating the 007 series.

Did you always want to be an author, and how you ended up on the "Little Book of Bond" project?
I always wanted to be a writer, but it took me quite a long time before I actually became one. I have been working with Michael Heatley on various projects for the past seven or eight years and he asked me if I knew anything about Bond and if so did I want to work on the book with him. Michael has done various other 'Little Books of...' for the same publisher.

This is the first time that I've done anything as long and in depth on any one subject, I was more used to doing shorter pieces.

How long did it take to research the book?
It took a couple of months in all. The biggest asset for me was my collection of books on Bond which I used for reference.


Above: Jacket artwork

Did you consider yourself a James Bond fan before writing the book, if not are you now?
I have always liked Bond since I was a kid when I used to have the Corgi cars. For me, at 13, Live and Let Die was the most exciting film I'd ever seen! I'm a big fan of Fleming's novels too, he's an underrated writer. Most interesting thing I learned whilst researching the book was that the first person we see on screen as Bond in the opening gun-barrel sequence isn't Sean Connery but his stunt double Bob Simmons.

How did you fact check the book? Did this lead to you discovering any common myths about Bond?
The fact checking was done using the reference books and online sources. The only one I can think of was that OHMSS was a box-office failure when in reality it made a profit but nothing like the same level as the two preceding films.

The Little Book of Bond is a 128-page hardback book in the million selling Little Book series written by Michael Heatley. This fantastic companion is a perfect entry into the world of the most well known spy in the world. From the early movie release of Dr No fans of the Bond franchise have been fascinated by Bond's world of fast cars, fantastic looking girls and unique gadgets. This superb little gift book looks at the history of the series and explores the actors who have played him from Sean Connery to David Niven and the more recent incarnations through actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

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Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
Publisher: Green Umbrella Publishing
Size: 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.5 cm
Price: £6.99 (UK), $9.99 (USA)
Released: 22nd September 2008 (UK), 1st January 2009 (USA)