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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Yes, sadly Fleming never got to do his reworking on it when ( as with
    the other books) he'd add more details and descriptive passages, as he'd
    Done with the other books.
    Still a good story, with an exciting finish. -{ I do love Bond's first meeting
    With Scaramanga in the run down bar. A great atmospheric piece of writing
    from Fleming, you can almost smell the tension, mixed with sweat ! :)
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  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Going back to For Special Services here, but one Scene that gets overlooked is the Ants in Ceders Cabin -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,102Quartermasters
    I just finished reading Brokenclaw last night. It was the first Gardner novel that I've read since 2012 and it certainly is one of the weakest Bond novels that I have read to date. I was fairly convinced that I was going to rank it at the bottom of my list for most of the novel but then I thought it picked up quite nicely in the last 5 or 6 chapters and I ended up enjoying it more than I expected.

    It started quite slowly with lots of talking, but I will still engaged for the first 60-70 pages but it lost me a bit in the middle section. I was reading about a chapter a day for a while, and I was struggling to keep track of what was happening when Bond and Chi-Chi were infiltrating Brokenclaw's organisation. But once their cover was blown it got a lot more entertaining and the wolf sequence as well as the Oh-kee-Pa ceremony at the end were good reading. I did enjoy the villain Brokenclaw Lee, and also Ed Rushia was a good ally so those are two points in the book's favour.

    So, in the end: Still one of the weaker Bond novels but I can say that in the end I enjoyed it even though the middle section was a slog. Next I am going back to the earlier days of Gardner's tenure and reading Nobody Lives For Ever. For some reason I have never read it despite owning a copy for years.
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Brokenclaw is a rather sterile Novel in Gardners Bond Output. I found Brokenclaw Lee himself to be rather dull :#

    I suppose if they ever do adapt the Novel (Although unlikely) it will need some Work done to it.
    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: 63,697MI6 Agent
    A brief word on Seafire, so far after the last couple of Books I'm enjoying this
    A lot more. -{ although it has a feeling of the beginning of " No deals, Mr Bond"
    About it. ;)
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Seafire :
    Enjoyed this quite a bit after Gardner's last couple of Books. Bond is
    Back doing a bit of espionage again, and not part of a team. :)
    A decent villain, with another crazy plan. The last four or five chapters
    are real boys own adventure stuff, lots of crawling about planting explosives
    and joining up with the SAS for a bit of gun play. All excellent stuff, well I enjoyed
    It anyway. :D
    Gardner gives us lots of characters, but many are either under used or almost forgotten
    About near the end of the Book. Several henchmen types are unsatisfactorily done
    Away with. Although the villain himself gets a fitting end.
    In this Book Bond also has to work under a committee, as M is ill. In many ways
    I feel the Craig era of Bond is reflective of this, Dame Judi as M is seen having to
    Answer to various committees in the films. Showing that unlike in Fleming's time
    People expect the secret service to he held accountable for their actions.
    This just leaves Cold or Coldfall. ;) and that's the end of the Gardner Books.
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  • DevilMayCare007DevilMayCare007 Posts: 196MI6 Agent
    ^^^^ I've never read any of Benson's stuff but do you like his interpretation of Bond ?
    Top 10 Bond Films
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    It's been a while since I've read him but I did like his first couple. his later Books I didn't
    like so much. Although it will be fun to read them again, and who knows I might change
    my mind. :D
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  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I've always felt that the Villains Scheme is a Copy/Paste of Anton Muriks. I also find the Ending strangely uncomfortable.
    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: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Yes, the story is all very familiar, even shoving in a Nazi connection, and
    The ending having to get rid of so many villains, seems a bit rushed. I think
    He could have cut down on the amount of henchmen, as the character Beth
    Is only really used in one scene, so her " bit of business" could have been done
    By another character.
    The two bodyguards, are virtually thrown away at the end. I was hoping for a
    Big confrontation scene with Bond, I felt the ending was a bit unsatisfactory.
    Although I did enjoy Bond's sabotage mission on the sub, and the attack with
    The SAS. Gardner also uses a lovely description of Bond shooting a villain on
    The reasherch ship. " ... In the blink of an eye he went from living to Dead !".
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  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    The two female Henchman added some Humor to the Story.
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,692MI6 Agent
    The two female Henchman added some Humor to the Story.

    Yes, they are sort of female versions of the film incarnations of Wint and Kidd in DAF.
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ShatterfangShatterfang Posts: 533MI6 Agent
    so it sounds like people like Gardner more than Fleming, is that right?
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I wouldn't go that far :)) but when he was on form Gardner was very good.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    so it sounds like people like Gardner more than Fleming, is that right?

    No, but Gardner wrote some very good Bond Stories -{ (But the quality eventually declined)
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,102Quartermasters
    so it sounds like people like Gardner more than Fleming, is that right?

    No, but Gardner wrote some very good Bond Stories -{ (But the quality eventually declined)

    Spot on. I think Gardner when he was at his best wrong some cracking Bond adventures. There are a few, such as Icebreaker and No Deals Mr Bond which I would rank higher than some of Fleming's weaker novels. But overall Fleming is an another league altogether.
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,692MI6 Agent
    I think that the "celebrity trilogy" has well shown how good a job of the Continuation Bond project John Gardner actually delivered. His legacy lives on; his contribution to the fortunes of the literary Bond cannot be overstated. -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I think that the "celebrity trilogy" has well shown how good a job of the Continuation Bond project John Gardner actually delivered. His legacy lives on; his contribution to the fortunes of the literary Bond cannot be overstated. -{

    Agreed 100% {[]

    Without him, Bond Book would probably have remained dead.
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 9,908MI6 Agent
    In the final third of Colonel Sun.

    Gone slightly dull a little after a superb start and middle. Hopefully it picks up during the finale!!

    Im kind of looking forward to re-reading some of my fave Fleming titles, particularly Casino Royale and Moonraker -{

    Think im going to source the First Library Editions or Eastons for my re-read!!
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Cold :
    The last Gardner Bond adventure, perhaps I'm being a little over sentimental
    but it didn't seem as bad this time around, not great either, although not as
    Bad as the likes of Death is Forever. :))
    Bond meets up with a few of his old girlfriends, stops a "Military overthrow"
    Of America, gets a new boss .......... It's all go for a secret agent, these days.
    of the Gardner Bonds, up until and including Scorpius, they're very good,
    especially No deals Mr Bond and Nobody lives Forever. After Scorpius, the
    Quality does drop off, I'm not going to single any one book out as really bad,
    But if you want one full of endless chapters on briefings and filing then Death is
    Forever is the one for you.
    Next up the first of the Benson series of Bond Books ( once again,I'm not including
    the film tie ins, as they are eon's Bond, shoe horned into the literary world. Although
    I have read them ;) )
    So starting Monday it's Zero minus Ten.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Even though it's my least faviroute of the Gardner Novels, I like the Ending :)
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Not a Bond Novel, but I've finally gotten around to reading Catching Bullets
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 9,908MI6 Agent
    Finished Colonel Sun and enjoyed the finale, overall I enjoyed it but felt it lulled a bit halfway before getting back on track. Im no expert on writing but indeed it had the Fleming vibe.

    Taking Thunderpussys advice (timeline) I have jumped into Devil May Care. So far I find it enjoyable and very easy reading due to the standard of writing (huge contrast), however I must admit it feels a kind of "paint by numbers" thing with many references to Flemings stories and Bond habits like the talc on the case and hair on the door trick. Dare I say a bit of an easy / lazy thing? Maybe unfair as im enjoying it at the moment.

    I noticed he references the last mission (Scaramanga) which also happens in Colonel Sun so im guessing the Sun book / mission is ignored despite being a Fleming continuation novel???
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  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 9,908MI6 Agent
    Halfway point of Solo, gotta admit I'm struggling with this one at the moment! It started off interesting whilst he was in London but gone downhill fast ?:)
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I have to admit I hated Solo, not much happens in it. :#
    "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 still have yet to return to it.
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 9,908MI6 Agent
    Im honestly considering ditching it - tried again this morning before work.

    Was going to start the Gardners but after Solo I'm tempted to re-read Fleming again to restore sanity!

    Where would you rate Carte Blanche amongst DMC and Solo?
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    :)) I have come round to the conclusion that after I go through the list of
    All the Bond authors, I'll only ever read the Fleming books again. ;)
    I quite liked CB, as it's a updated modern Bond, so at least is not trying
    to do a " Fleming", but it still tries to be a bit clever at times.
    "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 still have yet to read DMC and CB -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 9,908MI6 Agent
    edited July 2015
    DMC was ok, fairly enjoyable

    I think I will chew my way through Solo just to see if he sleeps with the woman from the first few chapters :)) The mission I could care less lol

    Goldeneye: Where Bond was born will be next and be a welcome break. I have an 18 hour plane journey coming up so maybe Carte Blanch will do to finish the more modern ones and then I will head back to Fleming.

    Solo is putting me off pre-ordering Trigger Mortis, will wait for more reviews!
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