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 hitched a metaphorical ride too.
In Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Mark O'Connell takes us on a humorous journey of filmic discovery where Bond films fire like bullets at a Thatcher era childhood, closeted adolescence and adult life as a comedy writer still inspired by that Broccoli movie magic.
Catching Bullets is a unique and sharply-observed 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.
With the James Bond franchise always popular this very well received book has great potential.
"Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir" Barbara Broccoli, co-Producer of the James Bond films
"a completely unique...perspective on the franchise"
"...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 "extraordinary", "seismic", "a magnificent, soulful, touching and immensely pleasurable book...a defining Bond work" - Commanderbond.net
"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
Mark O'Connell is a talented comedy writer and has written for a range of top comedy performers including the legendary Ronnie Corbett plus various sketch shows, sitcom projects, stand-up acts and online shorts. Mark won the prestigious Lloyds Bank Channel Four Film Challenge for his short film, Carrying Dad which starred John Simm and Larry Lamb. He also scooped the coveted Jerwood Film Prize for Skedaddle and has worked with top comedy producer Jon Plowman. He has also been selected by London 2012 / BT to be one of the official BT Storytellers of the London Olympics.
Splendid Books Limited
Indie publisher Splendid Books focuses largely on entertainment, autobiographical and historical titles. Their varied list includes memoirs of a Bond fan and a British TV location guide.