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Catching the rogue bullet ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE on its golden anniversary

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FROM WOMEN WITH LOVE – Why backlashing Lashana ain’t a good look for fandom

ON SET WITH BOND 25 – JAMAICA / All images © Danjaq & MGM

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BOND’S APRIL SHOWER – Why Cary Joji Fukunaga directing NO TIME TO DIE is a delicious curveball

Original photography by Sebastian Kim.

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THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL – Why Daniel Craig’s last Bond film deserves time, not kneejerk panic.


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Catching CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and the fiftieth anniversary of a fine four-fendered friend

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS – Boyle bails from Bond at the 007th hour

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RIP YVONNE BLAKE – the costume designer who made more than just a cape fly

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WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US has now landed in the forest!

A book that is 3 million light years from home.
A book that marks the return of the great adventure.
A book that thought it was safe to go back in the water.
A book that knows what scares you.
A book that is 43 years in the making.

Cue a John Williams overture, a cascade of BMX bikes, a trail of Reece’s Pieces and flying with friends from other stars…

WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US is now published and has landed in the forest of all good book and e-book stockists!

Click to buy.

Mark O’Connell didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California.

Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn’t just change cinema – they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before.

In Watching Skies, O’Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Star Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island.

From the author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace*.

*Action figures sold separately.



Please rewind all memories before returning.

A BIG and heartfelt thanks to The History Press for the brilliant production and blockbusting efforts to make Watching Skies a true summer blockbuster!

Paperback ISBN 9780750970198
eBook ISBN 9780750986151

For all Watching Skies press, reviewing and media enquiries :
Jess Gofton @ The History Press
01453 732513

For all writer enquiries:
Vivienne Clore
020 7497 0849

Press Release – WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US by Mark O’Connell – Summer 2018


YOU ONLY DIRECT THRICE – Remembering the director who made Bond big

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