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Bennett Winch SC Holdall

Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

photo © Melia Publishing Services Ltd
Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan
photo © Melia Publishing Services Ltd

From the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Cubby Broccoli, Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan 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.

When Jimmy O'Connell took a job as chauffeur for 007 producers Eon Productions, it would not just be Cubby Broccoli, Roger Moore and Sean Connery he would drive to James Bond. His grandson Mark swiftly hitches a metaphorical ride on a humourous journey of filmic discovery where Bond movies fire like bespoke bullets at a Reagan-era Catholic childhood marked with divorce, a closet-gay adolescence sound-tracked by John Barry and an adult life as a comedy writer still inspired by that Broccoli movie magic.

Available now on, Personally autographed copies were available at before publication on September 1st 2012.

Prelude by Barbara Broccoli (Bond producer), foreword by Mark Gatiss, actor, screenwriter and novelist. Afterword by Maud Adams (Bond girl in The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy).

“Mark O’Connell is a great new writing talent and we are delighted to be publishing his first book,” says Splendid Books’ Editorial Director Shoba Vazirani. “Catching Bullets is very funny and he brings a genuinely new insight into the Bond film phenomena.

“The book is a fascinating journey, in which Mark reconsiders all the Bond films as they fire into his and everyone's cinema- going memories.”

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Melia Publishing Services Ltd
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0956950574
ISBN-13: 978-0956950574

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