Bond Book of the Month

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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    Currently listening to OHMSS on Audible read by one of my Favourite Dr Who's David Tennant.
    I'm sure I'm not the first to notice that in OHMSS, operation Bedlam ( looking for Blofeld )
    was changed to operation Corona ! as his dastardly Plan is centred around Biological warfare,
    It would seem that perhaps through coincidence Fleming was once again, ahead of his Time. ;)
    On you Tube recently I re-watched an old Documentary from Joanna Lumley on the works of
    Ian Fleming, and pointing out how Blofeld's Mountain retreat could have been based in part on
    Hitler's Mountain home of Kehlsteinhaus ( Eagle's Nest )
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    Given how many of us now have some time on their hands, I thought I'd Re-visit a few of
    My favourite Bond novels. As suggested to me by a friend, I'm starting with My Favourite
    OHMSS. I regard this as Flemings " Masterpiece ".
    So if anyone wants to read along, or comment on the books, please feel free to join in.
    All views and opinions are welcome.

    Fleming opens OHMSS with Bond in a reflective mood, thinking about his Childhood, and I'm
    guessing his instincts as a professional spy, is how he targets Tracy as an " Injured " person,
    Rather like any predator can spot an injured " Prey animal ".
    So in one chapter we go from the Innocence of Bond as a child playing with Bucket and spade
    on a beautiful beach to the harsh and grubbier real world of violence by its end.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 6,360MI6 Agent
    OHMSS is my favourite Bond novel too. I’ve always found that FRWL is the movie non-Bond fans like best and OHMSS is the book that non-Bond fans like.
    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    OHMSS Chapter two.
    Begins 24 hours earlier with Bond working out the wording for his letter of resignation, and being happy with
    himself on placing a few Big words in it. One fantastic skill Fleming had was his descriptive passages, especially for card games and Car chases. His description of Bond chasing Tracy in her red Lancia, is spell binding, with whining engines and racing gear changes. Even his Detail on Bond's journey through France is fun, with Bond having varying experiences with expensive bad food, and the performance of ordering wine.
    We are reminded that this was were the events of Casino Royale took place and how every year Bond returned to a Grave there. An Idea which seems to be in the trailer for NTTD ? Bond through the Hotel Manager learns about Tracy, and prepares to enter the Casino, after his usual over dose of alcohol.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Bond Collectors' WeekendsBond Collectors' Weekends Gainesville, Florida USAPosts: 1,884MI6 Agent
    I've had a pet theory for a while on the popularity of novels like OHMSS (due to Chemin de Fer in the wonderful Fleming novel and Solitaire in the film, etc.) and posted a video last week--it has 3,600--oops--almost 3,700 views!

    I blame my golf swing--Game Finger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHIlgULh0io&t=72s

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  • Bond Collectors' WeekendsBond Collectors' Weekends Gainesville, Florida USAPosts: 1,884MI6 Agent
    PS. I would LOVE, LOVE to have many of you submit abstracts for this year's academic panels on Bond and Fleming. 2021 will be my sixth year participating. I've chaired/co-chaired the panels and presented papers on DAF, FRWL, DR. NO, GOLD and TMWTGG. My DAF paper became a book chapter.

    https://samla.memberclicks.net/future-samla-conferences

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  • Rintoul16Rintoul16 Posts: 7MI6 Agent

    Hello,

    Do you know where I might be able to get hold of a copy of the David Rintoul audiobooks?

    Thanks.

  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent

    A quick spoiler free review of "With a Mind to kill " a good solid story which was to be expected from A Horowitz, he's a very

    Dependable writer. The tone of the book fits well with that period of Bond's life. I enjoyed it a lot but as with the Bond films

    It will take several readings to see where it fits in my list of continuing Bond adventures. A t the moment I'm re-reading R Benson's

    " A high time to Kill " which I'm enjoying this time much more than before.

    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • IstvanTheHun007IstvanTheHun007 Posts: 75MI6 Agent

    Lots of interesting comments to read!

    So I started my re-read of Ian Fleming/James Bond this summer, after having read them about 30 years ago. So far it's been better the 2nd time, wow these books are good.

    ☑️ Forever And A Day

    ☑️ Casino Royale

    ☑️ Live And Let Die

    ☑️ Moonraker

    ☑️ Diamonds Are Forever

    ☑️ From Russia With Love

    ☑️ Dr No

    ☑️ Goldfinger

    ☑️ Trigger Mortis

    ... For Your Eyes Only

  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,062MI6 Agent

    Currently reading Trigger Mortis for the first time (yeah, I'm a bad literary Bond fan), and I am loving it. I'm more than halfway through and I immediately ordered his other two. Horowitz isn't Fleming, but he's damn good IMO.

    Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool.
    #1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.GF 4.GE 5.DN 6.FYEO 7.FRWL 8.TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT/QOS
  • IstvanTheHun007IstvanTheHun007 Posts: 75MI6 Agent

    Dare I say that Trigger Mortis is just as good as any of the Flemings?

  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent

    Just in case anyone hasn't a copy of "Forever and a Day" as a deal of the day on Amazon, you can get the kindle version for 99p

    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
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