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Great reviews for Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

We’re delighted with the first reviews for Mark O’Connell’s book Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan. Here are some examples:

“Buy this. It’s more rewarding (and, for that matter, cheaper) than another box set and it will remind you why. Why you watch them. Why you come here. Why you’re a Bond fan. Why you’ll stare at the wall for a good half hour after finishing it wondering if this young man has been watching you as avidly as we watched that man, that James Bond, that fifty years of utter captivation. It reminds you that you do like this, you do, really. And you should. Because it’s all bloody brilliant.”CommanderBond.net

In this golden anniversary year of Bond on the big screen, Catching Bullets is an engrossing, irreverent take on one man’s journey with 007. The decision to make this a personal memoir, rather than a chronological guide, is a bold and charming move that suits the relaxed tone and makes for an enjoyable read.”– Cultbox.co.uk

A wholly original take on a subject that has been written about so many times with most authors covering the same topics over and over again. O’Connell’s book offers a totally fresh take and is a really enjoyable read, not just for Bond fans but for anyone looking for a nostalgic romp through the pop culture of the last fifty years.” – whatculture.com

Well-written, thoughtful and intelligent, Mark’s book, with a foreword by long-time fan Mark Gatiss and an afterword by Maud Adams herself, is likely to jog memories as well as provoke passionate debate. Perfect bedside reading and just the right book to remind us all why we fell in love with Bond, James Bond, in the first place.” – Starburst magazine 

…and last – but certainly not least – “Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir.” – Barbara Broccoli, Co-Producer of the James Bond films

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James Bond boss Barbara Broccoli pens Prelude for Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

Barbara Broccoli, co-producer of the James Bond films, has penned a personal Prelude to Splendid Books’ new title Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan. Barbara, whose father Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli co-founded the 007 films, has described Mark O’Connell’s debut book as “a wonderfully funny and touching memoir.”

“To be given Barbara Broccoli’s personal and heartfelt salute to Catching Bullets is a real honour,” says Mark O’Connell. “Barbara’s encouragement and warm praise sees the journey of writing this book come full circle. And like those white circles that launch every 007 movie, her kind Prelude is a fitting way to start this book and honour my Grandfather Jimmy who, in different ways, drove us both to Bond.”

Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is witty and smart and comes from the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose Grandfather Jimmy was chauffeur to 007 producer Cubby Broccoli. It 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.

“We are delighted that Barbara Broccoli has lent her support to Mark and Catching Bullets in this way,” says Steve Clark, Publishing Director at Splendid Books. “It’s a real tribute to Mark, who has always sought to present his personal take on the institution that is James Bond – and his Grandfather’s story – with integrity, originality and humour.”

In addition to Barbara Broccoli’s Prelude, Catching Bullets has a Foreword by writer and actor Mark Gatiss and an Afterword by former Bond girl Maud Adams, who starred with Roger Moore in the 007 film Octopussy.

Click here to order a copy.

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Twitter special! Only Fools and Horses: The Official Inside Story – just £6.99 delivered (RRP £9.99)


Here’s a pukka bargain limited offer: Only Fools and Horses: The Official Inside Story by Steve Clark for just £6.99 (RRP £9.99) delivered to you door.

Only Fools and Horses – The Official Inside Story takes us behind the scenes to reveal the secrets of the hit show and is fully authorised by the family of John Sullivan, the show’s creator and writer.

The book is based on dozens of one-to-one interviews conducted by author Steve Clark with the show’s stars including Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and key members of the production team. It also contains material from the BBC archives and reveals how the show was rejected when it was first offered to the BBC, how David Jason nearly missed out on the starring role and the tragedy of the death of one of its stars during filming.

Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis, a long-time fan of the series, has written a foreword to the book, which also includes rare photographs and other exclusive material.

What they’ve been saying about the book:

“…this is a brilliant accompaniment to a brilliant sitcom and a must have for fans of Only Fools….”

“a great insight into the making of Only Fools and Horses. Couldn’t fault it. Anyone who likes this programme should read it. They will not be disappointed.”

“For more than two decades Steve Clark worked closely with Only Fools and Horses and its creator, my Dad, John Sullivan OBE. On set and location he has extensively interviewed both cast and crew, and that is why I can happily recommend this book as the only truly Inside and Official telling of the Only Fools and Horses story available.” – Dan Sullivan

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