James Bond Books Guide

James Bond Books Guide

May 27, 2018 0 By 007 Travelers

007 Travelers is happy to inform you that Bond fan Gleb Belyaev from Latvia is currently working on a book called the “James Bond Books Guide”, which will include reviews of more than 100 books. As a bonus, there will be a chapter about websites dedicated to Bond.

Gleb has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.com to publish the Guide in electronic and paper form, the Guide’s Facebook page and the Guide’s website, www.jamesbondbooksguide.com where are many reviews of James Bond sites including a nice review of 007 Travelers.

The chapter about websites is freely available on the Guide’s website and FB page.

Read here what Gleb tells about his project:

“There is an extensive body of literature on Bondiana, but in today’s world, we are forced to carefully manage our most important resources – time and attention. Therefore, it would be helpful to have a guide that evaluates books based on their usefulness and interest. Such an assessment must give a reliable basis for its conclusions. I bring to this task fifteen years of experience as a bookseller and editor, together with thirty years’ experience of immersion in Bondiana and related topics.”

The main criterion for both selection and evaluation is how much the book helps us to understand the Bond myth

The better understanding can be achieved through a variety of book types, whether memoirs of Bond actors, excursions into the history of the Cold War, or children’s impressions of going to the movies.

We have selected books on the following topics:

Encyclopedic publications.  

The creators and creation process.

Thoughts on Bond, personal impressions.

Atmosphere – cultural context, history, the spirit of the times.

Around Bond. Books for additional reading.

All these books contain information of several kinds. Each type of information has its own quality criteria.

Evaluation of books about facts

Facts are the same for everyone and do not allow for different understandings. Examples include the release dates of films, the amount of money they grossed, lists of names of creators, books and so on. These facts can add something to the understanding of Bondiana, but usually, in themselves, they represent only the starting material for further reflection.

Books designed to establish and gather facts are many. Naturally, they largely overlap each other, so the possibility to compare them with each other before buying is really useful.

Reports of facts are evaluated by their completeness, accuracy and origin. The best origin is from the primary source, not from another book.

If the book claims to be an “encyclopedia,” it will be judged not only on its accuracy, but also on its completeness – or, conversely, if the encyclopedia is intended for beginners or children, or is devoted to some relatively narrow topic, the criterion is the skillful selection of the most important entries. I recognize that different people have different requirements regarding books of this kind, in relation to volumes and styles of presentation. This is why I will not only mention those books that are the most complete, but I will also discuss some that contain a little less information, but that have skillfully selected the most important, and have presented it in an easy-to-understand way.

Books devoted to the clarification of individual facts will be evaluated by how each one has accomplished its task – whether all the facts on this topic have been taken into account, collected and finally clarified.

Evaluation of books offering interpretations

Even the story of a crew member about events on set will contain his personal opinion, which does not necessarily coincide with the opinions of other participants in the same events. For example, much is written about the relationship between producers and lead actors – but this, too, varies with different perceptions. Such information will always be of interest to Bond fans, but books with such information should be evaluated even more carefully – they are all very different, and there may be more than one point of view on what and how to choose between a large number of such books. Even more subjective are books about personal impressions, evaluations and interpretations of films and books. However, for such cases, I, as a professional, have fairly accurate criteria for an objective evaluation.

The interpretation should be justified and original. The interpretation must be conveyed in clear language. An interpretation of the highest quality establishes new connections between different parts of the myth and makes visible what was not noticed before – things that perhaps even the creators did not notice. Such interpretations allow us to re-absorb familiar books and films.

I’m a huge fan of such interpretations. And in my Guide, I want to collect information about all existing books of this sort and to highlight the merits of each as brightly as possible.

Evaluation of illustrations

Like words, illustrations can serve as a means of communicating facts, and can also offer interpretations and deepen understanding. Accordingly, illustrations in books, or books consisting mainly of illustrations, can also be correctly evaluated according to the same criteria as books consisting primarily of text.

Like texts, illustrations can also be unique, obtained from the source and published for the first time in the book being reviewed. Alternatively, a book may be a compilation of material from pre-existing books. A compilation, by the way, can also be literate and useful, or, on the contrary, it may be secondary and uninteresting, not worth the reader’s attention and money. We will discuss all these aspects with the greatest possible accuracy.


For a good book, it is no hardship to pay almost any amount. Nevertheless, for whatever price you pay you will want to gain the maximum value. My guide will be useful in this. Among the books devoted to each topic, there are particular favourites, which I would advise reading first. Many people tend to create reading lists, shopping plans, wishlists – my Guide will be of great help with this.

By the same principles, I chose and described documentaries, websites and publications in the media.

Full information about the project can be found on the page of our campaign in IndieGoGo:

The website of the project already includes reviews of websites, documentaries, books, as well as news of the project, visit it here:

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