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The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond on Page and Screen edited by Oliver Buckton

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2019-03-07
The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever James Bond
The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever is an exciting new book edited by Oliver Buckton with contributions from FSWL readers Edward Biddulph, James Chapman and Matt Sherman among others. The 222-page book will be published on 15th March 2019 by Rowman in America. >Order from Amazon.com

Diamonds are Forever (1956) is a fan favorite novel, for its rapid action and strong characterization, particularly for James Bond, Felix Leiter and Tiffany Case, and for its thrilling locations. And the Diamonds film from 1971 is an underappreciated gem, if you likewise love great characters and exotic locations. The film includes one of John Barry’s most glorious film scores and the snappiest dialogue in the Bond canon, provided by screenwriting legend Tom Mankiewicz. Now, a new book explores Diamonds in the context of the rest of Bond’s world.

FSWL reader Matt Sherman on his work for The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever


I began work on what is now The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever book three years ago, when my good friend and fellow Bond collector, Carlos Perez, suggested we apply to present on Diamonds Are Forever at SAMLA, an annual academic conference in the Southeast US dedicated to the “advancement of literary and linguistic scholarship and teaching in the modern languages.” Carlos and I were delighted to be accepted as conference speakers, as only a half-dozen of 35 candidates were able to present. Ian Fleming loved visiting Las Vegas and other DAF locations, but parodied them in his novel, so I spoke on that subtext, and Carlos presented his exciting work, “Ian Fleming and the Fairer Sex,” focused on Tiffany Case as one of the strongest characters in Fleming. The two of us also teamed to present Diamonds props, books, videos and more alongside the gorgeous hand-painted Bond artwork of Gerry Wadsworth (www.jamesbondart.com), and we and Gerry met with the academicians and SAMLA’s President to tour them through Bond’s world in person.

The conference, our displays and Gerry's art were well received. Publisher Lexington Books saw a great opportunity in titles focusing on a single Bond book and film. The forthcoming book, due in March, was edited by conference chair Dr. Oliver Buckton, a top expert on Fleming and British espionage in fiction, and features wonderful contributions from Tom Cull of Artistic Licence Renewed, Jennifer Martinsen, Dr. James Chapman (author of Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films) and more. We appreciate book patrons, as more titles on more Bonds will see print if The Many Facets of Diamonds is successful.

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