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Latest Review: Daniel Craig - The Biography  ( 2015 )


Author:  Sally Marshall  Published by:  John Blake Books

This paperback is an update/continuation of the 2007 book that I reviewed. If read first you will tell that I'm not exactly a big fan of this biography of Bond actor Daniel Craig. It appears that it was re-published as a paperback version in 2011 which I missed ( phew ! ). Now with 4 new chapters from Finding Solace to Bond And Beyond his life & career are told over 284 pages ending with an updated 10 page 'Filmography' ( in reverse order ) and very light in details ( 4 lines per movie ).

A new bow-tie photo of Daniel on front cover and only 8 pages of centre colour photos with a couple of end SPECTRE photos. Under an earlier Skyfall photo ( the one with Dan, Judi & DB5 in Scotland ) there's a caption typo stating "Daniel would appear in Sceptre in 2015" oops ! Another text typo has Defiance co-star Liev Schreiber who becomes Live Schreiber on next page. My earlier review mentioned the over use of F-words by Craig especially if book is read by young 007 fans, thought picked up as one appears with a few inserted *s but later back to full spelling lacking any consideration.

Alas with no change in writing style this remains a collection of magazine & paper quotes stuck together with no depth just a paragraph for this topic and move on to another with no thought. Take Dan's famous Olympic video with The Queen "seen by 900 million viewers" according to this researcher "Daniel collected the Queen from Buckingham Palace in a helicopter .." as we all know he arrived in a black London taxi and left with Her Majesty in a helicopter before that famous stadium jump.

Now just a black back cover with a 4 paragraph summary of white text which opens "The most successful Bond of all time ..." and ends examining "the man behind the legend." Really ? Sorry just cashing in on Spectre's release. With the new content it's now priced cheaper at £7.99 but if a 'real' fan you've probably read most of this before, same place as this author. Either avoid or if Craig fan wait for sale or go to the library.

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Just the BOND BOOK FACT ...
  1. On 21/06/17: A first edition of Casino Royale was sold at auction for £22,500 by Thomson Roddick and Medcalf Auctioneers in Carlisle.
  2. On 23/10/15: Two 007 first editions sold for record prices - Ian Fleming's Casino Royale from 1953, fetched £27,280 while 1955's Moonraker went for £13,020 at London's Bloomsbury Auctions.
  3. On 05/06/15: A rare, uncorrected proof copy of Fleming's Goldfinger was sold for a hammer price of £1,800 (£2,115 including buyer's premium) at auction in Aylsham, North Norfolk - three times the pre-sale estimate of £500-600 at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers.
  4. On 30/05/14: A collection of first and early edition Ian Fleming books net £2,900 at Lichfield's Richard Winterton Auctioneers. A total of 14 hardback editions, dating from the late 1950s, went under the hammer including Goldfinger, Octopussy and Casino Royale. The highest bid was for 1960 first edition of For Your Eyes Only which sold for £410.
  5. On 11/04/14: A first edition of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale thrilled bidders by selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' sale of Modern Literature, held at their saleroom in Newbury, Berkshire.
  6. On 16/12/10: A rare first edition of Casino Royale was sold at a sale in South Cerney, Gloucestershire for £19,000, also sold was a first edition of Live and Let Die for £6,600 and a copy of Moonraker sold for £7,200.
  7. On 04/11/10: A rare 2nd edition of Casino Royale was sold to a local book dealer for £1,800 and became the most expensive single item ever sold by a Helen and Douglas House charity shop in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
  8. On 17/12/09: A first edition copy of Casino Royale was sold for £10,625 ( an increase in price see 2 ) at a London auction.
  9. On 07/12/06: A first edition copy of Casino Royale was sold for £6,240 ( a drop in price see 4 ) at a London auction.
  10. On 13/12/01: An Edinburgh charity shop received a windfall of more than £5,000 after the London auction of a 1954 first edition of a James Bond book. The rare copy of Live And Let Die had been handed in anonymously to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund shop with a number of other books in a plastic bag. "It was just lying with a pile of books and we go through them all to check for anything special," said volunteer John Fyfe, who spotted that it may be worth than the shop's normal top price of £30. It was sold to an anonymous buyer for £ 5,287 at Sotheby's.
  11. On 09/03/01: A first edition copy of Casino Royale was sold for £11,400 at a Swindon auction.
  12. On 25/11/99: A complete set of first edition Ian Fleming James Bond books with their original dust jackets were sold for a record £13,800 at a London auction.