$200 James Bond tome stirs up memories

Set your sights on the "The James Bond Archives," an expansive 600-page book that tells the complete inside story of the most famous secret agent in cinema.

"Bond, James Bond." Danjaq/United Artists

Bond fanatics, we've found a book for you: "The James Bond Archives" by Paul Duncan.

Duncan, who previously worked on major compendiums about Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, spent the last two years researching Bond by combing through more than 1 million images and 100 filing cabinets full of related documentation from EON Productions.

More than 150 cast and crew members from the various films also retold their behind-the-scenes stories to Duncan, stories you can now relive in a book that gives a complete history of her majesty's most ambitious secret agent.

While "The James Bond Archives" costs a steep $200, it does offer more than 1,100 images such as "unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs" from 1962's "Dr. No" to 2012's "Skyfall," says the official product page for the hardcover book.

True Bond connoisseurs can also check out two art editions of the title -- limited to a run of 500 copies -- that feature an authentic "Dr. No" filmstrip, a pigment print of a classic set design signed by designer Sir Ken Adam, and an on-book autograph by current Bond Daniel Craig.

Check out Crave's highly relevant "50 Years of Bond Style" gallery below, which shows off many of the exclusive pictures and props seen in the "The James Bond Archives" book.

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