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Looking for Trouble: On Shopping, Gender and the Cinema by Suzanne Moore, Serpent's Tail pounds 10.99. She has an intelligent interest in popular culture. Her views on Prince, David Lynch, thirtysomething, ecofascism, Ann Summers and Women Who Read Too Much are right-on but never borrowed. And even when she is quoting Baudrillard and Barthes, she makes sense. Suzanne Moore writes on occasion for the Guardian, the Observer and the Independent, but most of this collection is made up of her old bread-and-butter film reviews for the New Statesman. Reading about movies and books two, three years after they first hit the headlines is an odd experience. Do you remember The Fabulous Baker Boys? Do we really care what people said about American Psycho? But even when Suzanne Moore's declared subject is old hat, even when her tone gets a bit too earnest, her ideas remain challenging. She should rescue them from their hooks and use them in something more ambitious.

The Incredible World of 007 by Lee Pfeiffer and Philip Lisa, Boxtree pounds 15.99. Official commemorative volume on the 40th anniversary of the first James Bond novel, and the 30th of the first Bond film: behind-scenes anecdotes, interviews, stills, posters, rare photographs, memorabilia, and a list of slip-ups to look for on your video (the bath-taps Bond never turns off in From Russia With Love, those palm trees in the Siberia sequence in You Only Live Twice). If you want the precise details of the car gadgetry in Goldfinger, or Roger Moore's nomination of his favourite 007 film, you can't be without it.

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