Bondpix James Bond

The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book

An interview with author Deborah Lipp by Christopher Johnson

 

 

Author Deborah Lipp image

Hailing from suburban New York, Jersey girl Deborah Lipp is a technical writer and the author of four books. She has recently finished writing The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book, which is being released on September 30. I got to pose some questions to the single mum, who has dedicated her forthcoming book to her son, about her new book - which promises to be a worthy edition to the over-burdened bookcase of Bond fans.

The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book cover image

Christopher Johnson: HOW DID YOU BECOME A FAN OF JAMES BOND?

Deborah Lipp: Well, I tell that story in the book! Like many Bond fans, I was introduced to Bond as a child; my father took me to my first Bond film. But around the time of Moonraker, I wandered away from Bond films. I have always been the sort of fan who prefers the grittier, edgier stuff. Most of us who started on Connery are like that. So the sillier
Moore vehicles turned me off.
 It was only in 2000, watching the movies with my son, that my love of Bond was reawakened. We started watching them in order, and soon I was just head over heels. I became a really hard-core fan and started reading all the trivia I could get my hands on and participating on message boards and so on. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN THE SECRET OF THE LONG TERM SUCCESS OF THE  JAMES BOND FILMS?

 Well, the films started out brilliantly, with great writing and acting and style. In fact, the Bond films epitomize the principal of collaboration: Production, direction, writing, acting, set design, costume design, music, title design, stunt coordination, cinematography-each element is a vital part. So when you ask about the long-term success, partially you're asking how the series has survived the not-so-great entries.
 First, give credit to Cubby Broccoli. He stood by his vision of Bond through thick and thin, and made sure the movies kept getting made the way he wanted them made.
 Second, Bond is a timeless hero. The fact that the Bond films are always set in the present, or just a day or two in the future, gives Bond a mythic, ageless quality. He is here, now. He is OUR hero.
 Third, I'd attribute the overall experience; the pleasure available in exotic locations, cool gadgets, beautiful women, awesome action.
 Finally, Bond is *everyone's* hero. He is accessible to children and adults, to all generations, to all sorts of people.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF EACH OF THE ACTORS THAT PLAYED JAMES BOND? DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?

 It is so difficult to have a favourite. I have to say that I thought
George Lazenby was a dreadful actor. Okay, he's a nice guy when you meet him at events, but that's forty years later! His delivery was wooden. And I never cared for Roger Moore's interpretation of the character.
 That leaves three, and it's painful to choose among them. I love Connery, I love
Dalton, and I love Brosnan. They are all wonderful actors and they have all genuinely moved me as James Bond.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING DANIEL CRAIG BEING GIVEN  THE ROLE OF 007 IN CASINO ROYALE? WHAT D YOU THINK THE NEW FILM WILL BE  LIKE?  

 On November 12, 2005, I had an opinion piece printed in the New York Times  on exactly this issue!  
http://www.jamesbondfanbook.com/NYtimes_Article.htm  
 I think it was a terrible mistake to let
Pierce Brosnan go, especially  with such disregard. Brosnan had a brilliant run as Bond and should have had one more film; he deserved a crack at the last un-filmed Fleming novel.  
 I was disappointed and shocked by the choice of Daniel Craig. In fact, I  thought him such an unlikely choice that until the very day of the press  conference, I believed it was all a crazy rumour. I don't think Craig has the look or the vibe to play James Bond.  
That said, I will definitely be in my seat on opening day with an open mind. Craig is a talented actor, and the news coming out of the production is all very promising. The teaser trailer is quite thrilling. So I'm optimistic.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BOND GIRL?

 I have a very warm place in my heart for Kara Milovy, because I think the romance in The Living Daylights is the most tender and beautiful in the series. She is innocent and beautiful, and yet, in her own way, brilliant. She is a "damsel in distress" who needs to be rescued, but don't forget, she's a consummate musician. I love the idea that she has this totally separate skill that isn't useful in the action but which sets her apart from, and in a way above, James Bond.
 I also love Sylvia Trench because she is so bold and forward. For 1962 she was astonishingly modern.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE GADGET - AND WHY?

 None of the small gadgets come to mind as a favourite without giving it some thought. I mean, I could come up with a great answer but I don't go around with a favourite gadget in my head. Many of them are delightful. The meaningful "gadget" for me is the 1965 Aston Martin DB5. Not a gadget, really, but the most iconic and identifiable *thing* in franchise history.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BOND FILM?

 From Russia With Love. No contest, really. It is perfect in every aspect. A flawless film with a tightly-written adventure, the best villains of the series, and lots of sex and violence.

IF YOU HAD TO SAY WHAT YOU THOUGHT THE DEFINING MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF  THE JAMES BOND FILMS WHAT WOULD IT BE ?

 Oh, certainly the "ejector seat" is what the general public thinks of when they think Bond.

DO YOU LIKE THE JAMES BOND BOOKS BY IAN FLEMING AND THE SUBSEQUENT  AUTHORS?

 Fleming was uneven. Most of his books were good or very good, but I have to confess that Diamonds Are Forever is not well-written, in my opinion. I'm not really familiar with the subsequent authors; I could just never make myself care.

HOW DID YOU COME TO GET THE ULTIMATE JAMES BOND FAN BOOK PUBLISHED?

 Getting a book published is HARD WORK. You have to knock on a lot of doors, and be incredibly persistent. But I believed so deeply in my book, I was just sure someone would see it my way.

HOW DID YOU RESEARCH THE NOVEL?

 First, The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book is not a novel. It's a compendium of lists, trivia, facts, and opinions.
 My primary source of research was watching the movies over and over and taking copious notes. I read lots of other Bond experts (John Cork, Lee Pfeiffer, Steven Jay Rubin...) and I worked to corroborate any "fact" where there were contradictions out there. (For instance, I correct the "Donna Garret is Bambi" error.) I corresponded with other fans who had done research.

IN THE BOOK YOU RATE THE BEST AND WORSE OF THINGS. IS THIS DONE USING A  SYSTEM OR BASED ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS?

 Both. One of the most important things to me was that no Bond fan feel excluded or slighted. Bond fans have all sorts of opinions. There are fans whose favourite movie is A View to a Kill. So whenever I say something is bad, I try to be respectful of the people who think it is good, and share their point of view. I write the whole thing almost like a discussion on a message board. I say Kara Milovy is great, and someone else says she's bad, and I state my reasons, and they state theirs. In the book, I always win these arguments, which is an author's privilege, but I never ignore the fact that fans disagree. I also share a lot of survey information gathered from Bond fans, film buffs, and the general public.

HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE OF WRITING YOUR BOOK?

Absolutely, it was a labour of love.

***********************************

The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book promises to be an informative treasure trove for the fans of 007! A full review of the book will feature at a later date here at Bondpix.com.

Many thanks to Deborah for taking part in this interview. Her book is to be released in paperback in the UK and US on September 30th by Sterling & Ross Publishers, Inc.

Click on the image below to pre-order your copy securely online with Amazon
The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book by Deborah Lipp
The Ultimate james Bond Fan book
$13.57
For more James Bond books, please click HERE
For discontinued, out of print books, please visit our online collectables store by clicking HERE

This website is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 at 32 bpp

All content is David Williams unless stated otherwise. No parts may be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved.