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The Spy Who Thrilled Us: A Guide to the Best of Cinematic James Bond
Matt Sherman: What was your chief motivation in writing The Spy Who Thrilled Us: A Guide to the Best of Cinematic James Bond?
Michael DiLeo: Ive always dabbled in writing and just thought it was time to try and write a book. Im am an expert on two subjectsThe New York Yankees and James Bond and decided that Bond would be more fun to write about. Once that was decided, the decision then becamewhat kind of Bond book to write? There had been so many good ones already written (Bensons Bedside Companion, and Rubins The James Bond Films are my two favorites) that I had to come up with something that hadnt been done before. [Note: Mr. Benson appeared at BCW4 and Mr. Rubin is appearing at BCW6 and SpyFest. --Editor] So I figured that since Ilike most Bond fanswas always coming up with best of or top ten lists relating to 007that this kind of book would be fun. I wanted to write something that was lighthearted and that poked fun at Bond while celebrating him.
Matt: Of the nearly 50 different categories you selected for Bonds Top 5 Moments from Why Dont They Just Shoot Him? to "Helicopter Explosions, (!) which was your favorite and why?
Michael: Well, those two right there are two of my favorites! Obviously, a book like this was going to feature the best villains, girls, gadgets, etc.those were categories that had to be there. The fun part was racking my brain to come up with categories that were not so obvious. I remember telling my wife once half-jokingly that if you see a helicopter in a Bond moviewatch outits probably going to explode very shortly. So that gets you thinking and running the videotape in your brain to quickly review all of the helicopters that have exploded in Bond movies. Then of course you say to yourself, okay, which were the most memorable? And there you have it, a new category for the book. Another fun one was Animal Adventures. The fun was going back and noting all of the encounters 007 has had with animals and being surprised at how many there have beenonly in the Bond series can you look back and find so many different aspects to choose from.
Matt: Was their one particular category that has generated the
most fan feedback to you? Has anyone taken exception with one of your
choices in a memorable way?
Michael: One fan was very upset that I didnt include NSNA in the book. It was never one of my favorites and I made the decision early on that I was only going to focus on the EON films (which I state in the books intro). But he didnt seem to get that. He kept asking how I could not list Barbara Carerra as one of the best Femme Fatales!!! One that I have gotten very positive feedback on was in the Other Gems category where I talk about The Stare in Goldfinger. More than one fan has mentioned that they had never noticed this moment before until they read my book. So that was pretty neat to hearto know that you could point something out to a knowledgeable Bond fan that they hadnt noticed before.
Matt: You liked License To Kill and along with Lee Pfeiffer and
other others, have critiqued the 16th Bond film as an outstanding entry
in the EON series. Yet many viewers and aficionados panned the film. Tell
Michael: Well, I remember when TLD came out, that I liked the film, but felt that it was missing some important things. Oneit lacked a strong main villain; Twothere was not enough action. If you think about it, there really isnt a major action sequence between the Aston Martin chase and the attack on the Russian airbasethats most of the film! ThreeI dont think Dalton was completely comfortable in the role yet (understandable for his first film) and remember, the original draft was written with Moore in mind and then tailored for Dalton. I dont think that transition was completely smooth. This brings us to LTKwhich improved immensely on my criticisms of TLD. You cant get a stronger main villain than Franz Sanchez. And the chemistry between Robert Davi and Dalton was great. The action in the film is abundant (but never forced) and topnotch in every way. And the idea of a revenge tale with Bond going rogue was just made for Daltonat the time this film came out in 1989 it had been 27 years since we had seen a Bond this ruthless and realistic. Considering that the same writers, director and producer had made AVTAK only 4 years earlier, well, LTK was a revelation and I feel the kind of Bond film that many of us thought we would never see.
Matt: Please tell the 007Forever.com readers about your other work (when you are not watching Bond films and making lists of them, for example)...
Michael: The Spy Who Thrilled Us is my first bookI am currently working on a second book (not Bond- related) and doing what I can to promote this one. I make a living as a Property Manager in New York. I would love to revisit the Bond films again in a future bookI just have to come up with another idea that no one has done before!
The Spy Who Thrilled Us: A Guide to the Best of Cinematic James Bond 160 pages in softcover, published by Limelight Editions and available today at Amazon.com and at other outlets!
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