We are delighted to welcome John Higgs to Real Magic Books in Wendover for our first ever event in the shop on Thursday 13 Oct
John is a brilliant writer, one of our all time favourites. A special and unique thinker, he’s inspiring, optimistic and funny. His talk is not to be missed.
Join us on Thursday for a talk, Q+A, signing and a glass of wine.
‘A triumphant work of truth, heart and soul. Love and Let Die is revolutionary, spirited, shaken and stirred’ – Salena Godden
‘If you take popular culture seriously, this is the book for you’ – Jeremy Deller
Love and Let Die: Bond, The Beatles and the British Psyche
The Beatles are the biggest band there has ever been. James Bond is the single most successful movie character of all time. They are also twins. Dr No, the first Bond film, and ‘Love Me Do’, the first Beatles record, were both released on the same day – Friday, 5 October 1962. Most countries can only dream of a cultural export becoming a worldwide phenomenon on this scale. For Britain to produce two on the same windy October afternoon is unprecedented.
Bond and the Beatles present us with opposing values, visions of Britain and ideas about male identity. LOVE AND LET DIE is the story of a clash between working-class liberation and establishment control, and how it exploded on the global stage. It explains why James Bond hated the Beatles, why Paul McCartney wanted to be Bond and why it was Ringo who won the heart of a Bond Girl in the end.