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  • Love and Let Die

  • Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche
  • By: John Higgs
  • Narrated by: John Higgs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Love and Let Die

By: John Higgs
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Summary

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.

Told over a period of sixty dramatic years, this is an account of how two outsized cultural monsters continue to define our aspirations and fantasies and the future we are building. Looking at these touchstones in this new context will forever change how you see the Beatles, the James Bond films and six decades of British culture.

This audiobook features an extra interview with I AM THE EGGPOD host Chris Shaw.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 John Higgs (P)2022 Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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fantastic book

I read this because I'm a fan of John higgs, not because I'm a fan of bond and the Beatles so I did wonder if the topic would interest me. Higgs did not disappoint!

I'm completely amazed at how insightful and far ranging the book is. Amazingly well researched, this is so much more than a joint biography. It is a fun, fascinating and in-depth look at British social history. I can't recommend this book enough. I absolutely loved it.

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fabulous, beginning to end

I admit a weakness for erudite playful essays about culture and social history, and John Higgs is one of the best. And this is one of his best. Packed with fascinating stories, remarkable parallels and Jen insights, narrated, as usual, by the author himself in his inimitable style. if you have any interest in Beatles, Bond or British culture in the late 20th century, don't hesitate for a moment. you'll love it.

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Enthralling

I've been a big fan of John Higgs since reading The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds.

He's one of a select band of writers whose books I pre-order. John Higgs has that incredible knack of making complex ideas simple, and finding fascinating connections between seemingly unrelated subjects. So it is with Love and Let Die: The Beatles, James Bond, and the British Psyche (2022) in which he takes the reader by the arm accompanying them along the avenues and alleyways of the careers and afterlives of both The Beatles and James Bond.

The starting point for this captivating book is the curious coincidence that Love Me Do, the Beatles first single, was released the same day as the first James Bond film, Dr No. Yep, both were released on Friday 5 October 1962. No one would then could possibly have guessed then that the Beatles music would be even more popular 60 years later, or that the Bond franchise would still be going.

James Bond and the Beatles embody two very different attitudes to masculinity and Englishness. As usual John Higgs tentatively raises possible interpretations of the numerous fascinating connections he unearths. It's solid gold and as much a political and social history of the last 60 years as a book about Bond and the Fabs. I was enthralled from start to finish. If any of that sounds like your sort of thing then don't hesitate, and then read his other books.

John's narration is great - and you get a bonus edition of John on the I Am The Eggpod podcast discussing this book at the end.

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Excellent

Really excellent book, very informative history of the Beatles and James Bond linked through history and the changes in society. Highly recommended.

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Lucy in the Skyfall with Diamonds

Fantastic book - I had to ration it to stop myself just binging for 15 hours! 😄 John Higgs warm, lovely voice is wonderful to listen to. I'd you love The Beatles and Bond you will be in Heaven.

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Mind bogglingly brilliant

This is my fourth book by John Higgs on Audible and I think it’s my new favourite! The author manages to deliver vast amounts of well researched information on Bond & the Beatles whilst keeping it easy to follow and with warmth & wit. I learnt soo much about the Beatles that I can’t wait to visit Liverpool.. Thank you!