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Catching Bullets: Memoirs Of A Bond Fan by Mark O'Connell

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Catching Bullets Memoirs of a Bond fan
Publication of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan by Mark O'Connell with a prelude by Barbara Broccoli and an afterword by Maud Adams. The book is released by Splendid Books.

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From the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Albert R. Broccoli, Catching Bullets Memoirs of a Bond Fan is a love-letter to James Bond, Duran Duran title songs and bolting down your tea quick enough to watch Roger Moore falling out of a plane without a parachute.

When Jimmy O'Connell took a job as chauffeur for 007 producers Eon Productions, it would not just be Cubby Broccoli, Roger Moore and Sean Connery he would drive to James Bond. His grandson Mark swiftly hitches a ride on a humorous journey of filmic discovery where Bond movies fire like bespoke bullets at a Reagan-era Catholic childhood marked with divorce, a closet-gay adolescence sound-tracked by John Barry and an adult life as a comedy writer still inspired by that Broccoli movie magic.

Catching Bullets is a timely, unique and sharply observed accompaniment to a series that continues to punctuate lives, box-office prowess the world over and the film memories of anyone who has ever aimed two adjoining fingers to make a 007 gun-hand.

Book details:
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Splendid Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0956950574
ISBN-13: 978-0956950574
Cover price: 7.99 GBP

“Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir.”
- Barbara Broccoli (executive producer of Skyfall (2012))

About the author:
Mark O'Connell is a talented comedy writer and has written for a range of top comedy performers including the legendary Ronnie Corbett plus various sketch shows, sitcom projects, stand-up acts and online shorts. Mark won the prestigious Lloyds Bank Channel Four Film Challenge for his short film, Carrying Dad which starred John Simm and Larry Lamb. He also scooped the coveted Jerwood Film Prize for Skedaddle and has worked with top comedy producer Jon Plowman. He has also been selected by London 2012 / BT to be one of the official BT Storytellers of the London Olympics.

Other Ian Fleming and James Bond related books published in 2012 and featured on FSWL:
>007 - The James Bond Archives by Paul Duncan (November)
>A Brief Guide to James Bond by Nigel Cawthorne (September 20)
>All About Bond by Terry O'Neill (October 1)
>Bond on Bond by Roger Moore (April 10)
>Bond on Set: Filming Skyfall by Greg Williams (October)
>For Your Ears Only: The Voice of the Stars by Nikki van der Zyl (September)
>Ian Fleming: The Bibliography by Jon Gilbert (October)
>Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER: The Top Secret Story Behind 007 by Brian Gordon Lett (September 20)
>James Bond: Amazing and Extraordinary Facts by Michael Paterson (April 27)
>James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters by Dennis Gassner (September 3)
>James Bond is Real: The Untold Story of Political & Military Technological Threats Ian Fleming Warned Us About by Mike L. Sparks (March 19)
>James Bond Unmasked by Bill Desowitz (May 9)
>LIFE 50 Years of James Bond: On the Run with 007, from Dr. No to Skyfall (October 2)
>My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Action Heroes by Vic Armstrong (May 25)
>My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey through Hollywood by Robert Crane (May 28)
>The First Lady of Bond: My Autobiography by Eunice Gayson (October 26)
>The James Bond Omnibus Volume 003 by Ian Fleming (March 23)
>The James Bond Omnibus Volume 004 by Ian Fleming (November 6)
>The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame (October 25)

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The final cover of Catching Bullets Memoirs of a Bond Fan. © 2012 Splendid Books. All rights reserved.

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