Bond Book of the Month

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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    Forgot to add fellas, how great it is to have an interesting
    Exchange of views and opinions . {[] it's great to hear
    Some opposing views. -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    Forgot to add fellas, how great it is to have an interesting
    Exchange of views and opinions . {[] it's great to hear
    Some opposing views. -{

    Heads up: CARTE BLANCHE REALLY is ****. ;)

    Deaver writes about Ashton Kutcher as James Bond with a bad English accent. In fact, Deaver gets paid to write at all????? 8-)

    But that's for another time. :))
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    :)) That's another I quite liked :))
    Not to give too much away for anyone who hasn't read it but
    The main villain who likes Dead bodies. I though was great.
    But I didn't like the twist further on.
    I guess I'm easily pleased :D which should let some people
    Know how bad Solo is as I didn't like that. Although many have
    Said it's very close to classic Fleming.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    Let's wait till you get to CB before we cut into it! :))

    Where does that curates contaminated egg fit in to your chronological re-read?
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    :))
    It will be the last as I trying to read them from Bond's time line.
    All the Fleming, Amis, DMC, Solo, then the two Wood's moving
    On to re-read the J Gardner's and R Benson's , finishing with
    Carte Blanche and if it hasn't already been released the A Horowitz
    New novel.
    Up front, I think many of the older Gardner books are weak, most of Benson's
    Are very poor. ;)
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    Liked Gardner first two; thought he shouldn't have done more than two - would have had greater credit in retrospect - seemed happier with the freedom of his own Boysie Oakes.

    Was amused - in a depressed way - by Benson's Brosnan-Bond hybrid. Nice plot ideas, better than most before and since. But really, he just couldn't write.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    Agree with that, to be honest, Benson's stuff reads at
    Time like fan fiction, and some of his use of old characters
    Like Bond's Father in law. I really didn't like. Totally changing
    What Fleming had set up. :#
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    Agree on all that.

    Really enjoyed this evening postings here. But as I bid you bon nuit, I leave you with one thought.

    The last literary James Bond adventure was DIE ANOTHER DAY.*

    *(Immortilised on film - for the Craig fans here - by Mr Pierce Brosnan) :)
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    ;) Sadly I've never read that one. :p
    I'm sure I'm missing a classic ! :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    How many Fleming novels DOESN'T Faulks reference in DMC?

    Ah, the good ole comfort blankie of Uncle Ian, just in case you aren't able to convince the reader you are actually writing about James Bond with the unrecognisable drivel they're reading.

    :)
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    What do you think of the Gardner Set of Books David?
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    What do you think of the Gardner Set of Books David?

    As I indicated at #277, Gardner ran out off puff after a cracking brace to start with, and, ideally, should have left it there. It's clear from his output and his comments, that he found writing Bond very restrictive, a problem that is clearly haunting all the other continuation writers. (at least IFP are only aiming for one-shot attempts at the mo). I waded through every Gardner on publication and found the latter ones really hard work. I was delighted when he retired and Benson got the gig; little did I realise... :o

    But writing JB isn't easy; Gardner's Boysie Oakes books are much better written with far greater flair ad originality. In fact, they spend a lot of their time sending up a certain James Bond and his world...
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    License Renewed will always remain my favorite Gardner -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    License Renewed will always remain my favorite Gardner -{

    Yes, easily the best. And probably just behind Amis and Wood's efforts (and Pearson's depending on one's view of its "legitimacy")

    Eh, I remember the pre-publicity, the Sunday Times article, the day of publication... :o ;)
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I did a horrible Review on it where I mentioned the Amis Comment on LR -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    Well, Amis was a total snob. He patronised Wood's SPY but ultimately it came out in credit.

    He just didn't rate Gardner as anything other than a '60s pulpish spy novelist who's books actually took the piss out of James Bond and Ian Fleming. While Amis himself was a writer of high brow well-reviewed intellectual stuff.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    I've come to the conclusion, after I finish my " Big Read" that the
    Only Bond novels that I'll regularly go back to are the Flemings {[]
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    I've come to the conclusion, after I finish my " Big Read" that the
    Only Bond novels that I'll regularly go back to are the Flemings {[]

    In my years in the "Bond community" I've been shocked to learn some have only ever read Fleming. Wise old buggers, eh! :))

    And there are those who've never read Fleming at all, who should never be considered Bond fans at all. In fact, they should either be taken outside and shot, or send back to school to learn to read if Social Services was able to confirm that as their justification for not having read the canon. -{ :)) ;)
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I know someone who cant seem to get into the Books.
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    :)) :)) :))
    Now, now old boy, there's room for everyone in the Bond community. :D
    Even innuendo smutty minded fools like me. :))

    I don't know what it is about Fleming's writing but he can capture all
    The human failings better than anyone. A skill copied but never quite on the
    Money by following writers.
    How many of us know the feeling of getting in at 3 or 4 am after, the one
    Drink and cigarette too many ?
    Perhaps they have become almost an adult bed time story, but Fleming's
    Books take you to a wonderful world. I don't have the writing skill or
    Vocabulary to fully explain the sheer joy of finding some quiet time and
    Drifting off with Fleming on a great adventure.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    :)) :)) :))
    Now, now old boy, there's room for everyone in the Bond community. :D
    Even innuendo smutty minded fools like me. :))

    I don't know what it is about Fleming's writing but he can capture all
    The human failings better than anyone. A skill copied but never quite on the
    Money by following writers.
    How many of us know the feeling of getting in at 3 or 4 am after, the one
    Drink and cigarette too many ?
    Perhaps they have become almost an adult bed time story, but Fleming's
    Books take you to a wonderful world. I don't have the writing skill or
    Vocabulary to fully explain the sheer joy of finding some quiet time and
    Drifting off with Fleming on a great adventure.

    I know that one of my guilty pleasures once upon a time was a glass of bourbon (I even sourced Old Grandad), bottle beside it, feet up on my desk while I entered Fleming's Neverworld and picked different chapters in the books.

    Obviously, way too old and sensible for that sort of thing now.
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Live and let die and Diamonds are forever capture 50's America in such a Way, that I'm constantly going back to those two Books -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 10,080MI6 Agent
    Live and let die and Diamonds are forever capture 50's America in such a Way, that I'm constantly going back to those two Books -{

    I highly enjoyed DAF (believe it is not too popular as a book either). Wasn't too keen on LALD mind.

    On holiday a week Sat so will finally attempt to finish the remaining ones I have left with a Mojito in hand :) -{ (OHMSS onwards)
    Instagram - bondclothes007
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I think it's the Mixture of New York, The Everglades, Miami, The Horse Races, The Nevada Dessert that intrigues me :)
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • David SchofieldDavid Schofield EnglandPosts: 1,528MI6 Agent
    I find some of Fleming's "simpler" works - LALD, DAF, TB, TMWTGG - often the most entertaining
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    I liked LALD, very atmospheric of New York in the 50s, with the
    Fact that Mr Big is onto Bond from the first chapter. Same with
    DAF, Vegas in the 50s and the climax at sea ! -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Who did Fleming base Mr Big on?
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    I think there is a discussion on another thread about that, basically
    Some have said Fleming was ahead of his time as " Papa Doc"
    Came to power in Haiti soon after and had many things in common
    With Mr Big like his use of Voodoo to help scare and control his
    People. Although I'm sure better informed members will give a much
    Better answer.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I remember that Thread now -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,699MI6 Agent
    Just my guess but around the early 50s many commonwealth countries
    Were getting their independence, so many leaders were coming to the fore
    and I'm sure Fleming got an idea of a brilliant leader in crime ( not politics)
    Using his skill to finance Russia, as Many small countries were getting
    Communist regimes at the time.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
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