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A Bond For Bond: Film Finances For Dr No

By: FSWL team
Bond for Bond Film Finances for Dr No 2011
Charles Drazin's book A Bond for Bond: Film Finances and Dr No (hardcover) is published by Film Finances in the UK.
Update 30/6/2014: Film Finances has offered our readers 50 copies of the book, a privately printed publication intended for non-commercial use. The book features many interesting facts and unique material relating to the first Bond film not to be found elsewhere. A wonderful item in any Bond collection. The copies will be given out on a first come first served basis.

If you would like a copy, please contact us and send a stamped addressed padded envelope, 260 X 246mm for the value of 3.80 GBP (2nd-class postage for 1.8kg), to 15 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XJ. Please note that this special offer is available only in the UK.
Produced in 1962, Dr. No was the first James Bond movie. It launched the longest-running and, for many years, most successful film franchise in history. Film Finances agreed to guarantee delivery of the film to the distributor United Artists and, if the production exceeded its budget, to provide the extra finance necessary to complete the film.

When Dr No did exceed its budget by a very large amount, it tested the company's patience and resources as few films had before. The difficulties of its production contributed to making the year 1962 one of the most challenging in the company's history, but the way in which it met that challenge was a testimony to the indispensable role it played in independent production. It was a source of extra finance as well as invaluable production knowledge and expertise. No other organisation anywhere in the world could match the depth of experience that Film Finances had accumulated in many different circumstances over many years. The reason to revisit Dr No now is not just because it is a famous film approaching its fiftieth anniversary, but also because it illustrates so well the nature of Film Finances’ work, offering a perfect case study of what it did then and still does today.

Book details:
Hardcover: 128 pages
(Features 87 colour and b/w half tone illustrations.)
Publisher: Film Finances
Dimensions (mm): 220x300
ISBN-10: 0956893406
ISBN-13: 978-0956893406

About the author:
After taking a BA degree in Classics at Oxford, Charles Drazin worked for many years as an editor in London publishing. In 2006 he completed a PhD on the relationship between the French cinema and Hollywood and took up a lectureship at Queen Mary.

Drazin's primary research interest has been in the British cinema. His first book, The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s (1998), offered a group portrait of some of the key figures of the British cinema of the 1940s. He then went on to write In Search of The Third Man (1999), to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the celebrated film; and a biography of the producer Sir Alexander Korda, Korda: Britain’s Only Movie Mogul (2002). In 2008 he was co-organiser of the David Lean centenary conference at Queen Mary and inaugurated a series of annual symposia on the British cinema with the ‘About Lindsay Anderson’ study day. Similar events, on Joseph Losey and Sally Potter, have followed in 2009 and 2010.

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Hardback cover for A Bond for Bond: Film Finances and Dr No by Charles Drazin. © 2011 Film Finances. All rights reserved.

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