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  • HardyboyHardyboy Posts: 5,756Chief of Staff
    This is more suited for the Literary forum, so I'm moving it. The subject itself is also being covered in the "Project X" topic, but if people keep the discussion on the title--Carte Blanche (yawn)--there's no reason this can't stay open.
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  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,936Quartermasters
    Carte Blanche doesn't strike me as a fantastic title, but I'll wait until I've read the novel before judging it. The info in the article suggests that it might be interesting in terms of the theme of "what is acceptable in security matters ... giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement." I look forward to the new novel - I hope it proves better than the last official effort. :)
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I think it's a pretty Bland Title.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • j.bladesj.blades Currently? You must be joking?Posts: 530MI6 Agent
    I fancy the title actually. Very elegant and sleek.
    "I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink."

    ~ Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • LoeffelholzLoeffelholz The United States, With LovePosts: 8,854Quartermasters
    I'm ambivalent about the title---it's no Risico ( :p )---but excited about the new book, and the rebooting of the literary character into modern times.
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  • superdaddysuperdaddy englandPosts: 865MI6 Agent
    j.blades wrote:
    I fancy the title actually. Very elegant and sleek.
    Me to
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I still think it's a Bland Title, But can see it's a re-working of a "licence to kill" as Bond has " Carte Blanche " To do whatever is required, Look forward to reading it
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Le SamouraiLe Samourai Honolulu, HIPosts: 573MI6 Agent
    The title brings to mind the credit card that no one really uses anymore.
    —Le Samourai

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,753MI6 Agent
    edited May 2011
    I think Carte Blanche is a reasonably good title. But I think the title and the cover doesn't spell suspence novel or Bond novel. I hope that won't hurt the sales. Perhaps it's a good thing that "Jeffery Deaver" is in larger letters than "James Bond"?
  • zencatzencat Studio City, CAPosts: 226MI6 Agent
    Hey gang. It's been a while. I've revamped my Bond lit site and I'm on top of all the latest Carte Blanche whatnot. Today I landed and very nice exclusive. The U.S. cover art. Enjoy.

    http://www.thebookbond.com/2011/01/book-bond-exclusive-carte-blanche-us.html
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  • 00-Agent00-Agent CaliforniaPosts: 451MI6 Agent
    edited January 2011
    Thanks for posting the link. I like the UK cover better. :( I guess they wanted to make it easy to spot in the book store.
    "A blunt instrument wielded by a Government department. Hard, ruthless, sardonic, fatalistic. He likes gambling, golf, fast motor cars. All his movements are relaxed and economical". Ian Fleming
  • darenhatdarenhat The Old PuebloPosts: 2,029Quartermasters
    Devil May Care was a great title, but less than spectacular book, so maybe it means the law of averages is at work here!

    The look of the book is not too outstanding either IMO. I'm afraid it will be mistaken as one of those run-of-the-mill suspense novel that hits the stands every five minutes after the hour. Don't get me wrong - I still intend to read it at some point.
  • darenhatdarenhat The Old PuebloPosts: 2,029Quartermasters
    I think it's a pretty Bland Title.

    Titre Fade

    kinda has a nice ring to it.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    "Bonnet de Douche" Darenhat :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,559MI6 Agent
    Hope this doesn't predict the quality of the novel. Seems like the title would go better with Devil May Care, with the same amount of thought and imagination respectively given
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,753MI6 Agent
    zencat wrote:
    Hey gang. It's been a while. I've revamped my Bond lit site and I'm on top of all the latest Carte Blanche whatnot. Today I landed and very nice exclusive. The U.S. cover art. Enjoy.

    http://www.thebookbond.com/2011/01/book-bond-exclusive-carte-blanche-us.html

    The UK cover was perhaps too subtle, the US cover is way too unsubtle. Damed if you do, damed if you don't...
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,064MI6 Agent
    Okay, if it gets filmed, which actress should play Blanche?

    It would have to be a platinum blonde...
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Steve Rush DI5 AgentSteve Rush DI5 Agent Oxfordshire, Great BritainPosts: 59MI6 Agent
    Greetings everyone

    Does anybody know whether there are likely to be any "special" editions of Carte Blanche when it is released in May? Something along the lines of the "red box" version of Devil May Care, perhaps?

    I asked at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago. They didn't know for sure, but suspected that a version - possibly signed by a JB actor - might appear for about £1,000. They also seemed to think that something like that was more likely to end up with one of the "chain" bookshops, such as Waterstones, rather than a local independent book seller.

    Waterstones were unable to tell me anything at all about any likely special editions of this book when I called in this afternoon, so I just wondered whether anyone on here, who might have access to such information, might know?

    Thanks in advance

    Steve
  • zencatzencat Studio City, CAPosts: 226MI6 Agent
    I asked at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago. They didn't know for sure, but suspected that a version - possibly signed by a JB actor - might appear for about £1,000. They also seemed to think that something like that was more likely to end up with one of the "chain" bookshops, such as Waterstones, rather than a local independent book seller.
    Really? Was this a legit rumor that they had heard, or where they just thinking out loud? Would love to know more about this. Thanks.
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  • zencatzencat Studio City, CAPosts: 226MI6 Agent
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,204Chief of Staff
    zencat wrote:
    I asked at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago. They didn't know for sure, but suspected that a version - possibly signed by a JB actor - might appear for about £1,000. They also seemed to think that something like that was more likely to end up with one of the "chain" bookshops, such as Waterstones, rather than a local independent book seller.
    Really? Was this a legit rumor that they had heard, or where they just thinking out loud? Would love to know more about this. Thanks.

    I see Hatchards are taking pre-orders for a limited edition slipcase and signed hardback edition of Carte Blanche - cost is £100 mind - then postage is on top !!
    YNWA 96
  • zencatzencat Studio City, CAPosts: 226MI6 Agent
    I've pre-ordered a copy of the Hatchard's edition. That's going to have to do it for me. No way am I going to be able to afford this £1000 edition (which I'm starting to hear might be for real).
    www.thebookbond.com - New Look. New Book. Pure BOND.
  • zencatzencat Studio City, CAPosts: 226MI6 Agent
    www.thebookbond.com - New Look. New Book. Pure BOND.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,204Chief of Staff
    zencat wrote:

    That really is the briefest of teasers :D

    Sounds good...as far as it goes :))

    Thanks for keeping us updated zencat -{
    YNWA 96
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Can't wait for this new novel, I just hope I'm not hyping it too much to myself. :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • MrSpyMrSpy Posts: 5MI6 Agent
    I have a good feeling about CB. It's like the new Planet of the Apes movie: it cannot possibly be worse than the Tim Burton film -- CB cannot possibly be worse than DMC!!
  • Richard--WRichard--W USAPosts: 200MI6 Agent
    No doubt in my mind Carte Blanche will be a literate, suspenseful, and probably very memorable thriller whether its a good Bond novel or not. But I think it will be a solid Bond novel as well, one in which the character is done internally right. We have seen a lot of Bond covers that are internally careless and internally wrong -- in books as well as in films. Deaver is never careless. His observations on the character of Bond are the most astute I've read. He may update a few external details of Bond's world, but internally, I think he will nail the character on the page as surely as Connery did on film.


    Richard
    The top 7 Bond films: 1) Dr No. 2) From Russia With Love. 3) Thunderball. 4) On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 5) For Your Eyes Only. 6) The Living Daylights. 7) Licence to Kill.
  • MrSpyMrSpy Posts: 5MI6 Agent
    Richard--W wrote:
    No doubt in my mind Carte Blanche will be a literate, suspenseful, and probably very memorable thriller whether its a good Bond novel or not. But I think it will be a solid Bond novel as well, one in which the character is done internally right. We have seen a lot of Bond covers that are internally careless and internally wrong -- in books as well as in films. Deaver is never careless. His observations on the character of Bond are the most astute I've read. He may update a few external details of Bond's world, but internally, I think he will nail the character on the page as surely as Connery did on film.


    Richard

    Eloquently stated!
  • zaphodzaphod Posts: 1,183MI6 Agent
    Golrush007 wrote:
    Carte Blanche doesn't strike me as a fantastic title, but I'll wait until I've read the novel before judging it. The info in the article suggests that it might be interesting in terms of the theme of "what is acceptable in security matters ... giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement." I look forward to the new novel - I hope it proves better than the last official effort. :)

    Yeah agree. The last novel had a good title but was a lazy and half hearted book.
  • MrSpyMrSpy Posts: 5MI6 Agent
    zaphod wrote:
    Golrush007 wrote:
    Carte Blanche doesn't strike me as a fantastic title, but I'll wait until I've read the novel before judging it. The info in the article suggests that it might be interesting in terms of the theme of "what is acceptable in security matters ... giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement." I look forward to the new novel - I hope it proves better than the last official effort. :)

    Yeah agree. The last novel had a good title but was a lazy and half hearted book.

    Actually, if you think about it, DMC was the perfect title for the negligible lazy effort Faulks gave the novel...
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