Bond Book of the Month

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  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    The Reader does different Voices for every Character, I especially like how they did Bonds -{
    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: 8,688MI6 Agent
    The Reader does different Voices for every Character, I especially like how they did Bonds -{

    Yes, in a Bond novel all those different accents take quite some doing I'd imagine. I take my hat off to them! :) -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    I've put DMC on to my mp3 player :D now just to get some decent
    Weather to walk the mutt. :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,688MI6 Agent
    I've put DMC on to my mp3 player :D now just to get some decent
    Weather to walk the mutt. :))

    And that's asking a lot in NI! :))
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    :)) Raining AGAIN !, you'd think this place was Scotland. ;) :))
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,281Chief of Staff
    :))
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,688MI6 Agent
    edited August 2014
    :)) Raining AGAIN !, you'd think this place was Scotland. ;) :))

    Well a lot of us did come from there in the Plantation, so that fits! :)) We must have brought the rain with us! :D
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    ... And all the Ginger hair ! :p :))
    I can just imagine the bull they were sold .......
    " Oh yes, Ulster is very like Jamaica. Beautiful palm trees, sunny all the time.
    You'll spend the day, sun bathing, fishing and meeting beautiful native girls " :))
    "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
    Octopussy and The Living Daylights :

    Is the last Book from Fleming published in 1966. Originally Just two stories but later two more were added.
    Octopussy, The Living Daylights, The Property of a Lady and 007 in New York.
    Property of a Lady was written for a Sotheby's Newsletter, and has Bond going to an auction to ID a KGB pay master.
    007 in New York, Bond warns a female agent her boyfriend is KGB and gives us his thoughts on Scrambled eggs.
    Both these stories are very short The Living Daylights ( To have been called " Trigger Finger") has Bond Once again
    thinking about his job, Killing !
    Once again he points out he doesn't like doing it but Takes a pride in doing it well, and dislikes his contact's attitude
    to it. As I learnt from an eariler post on AJB {[] the cellist in the story is based on Fleming's Half Sister Amaryllis.
    It's a very interesting story with Bond waiting over three nights, watching the coming and goings of the street.
    Octopussy for me is the Best story in the Book. Very much in the style of QOS. A story is told in Flashback. Of a retired
    Intelligence officer who stole some Nazi gold during the war and in doing so killed a friend of Bond.
    The story of how he found the Gold, smuggled it into England and how he got to sell it over the years is really entertaining.
    The added Bonus is finding out that the Man, Major Dexter Smythe killed was Bond's Ski Instructor, "And a father Figure, at
    a time, I needed one " says Bond.

    So that's it All The Fleming Bond Books in order for the first Time for Me. {[] You really can see Bond's character develop and mature as the Books move on. I'd recommend any one wanting to read the Books, Please read them in order and you'll get a much better understanding not just of Bond but Fleming.
    Even Fleming's own ill health is reflected in the last few Bond stories. Now I know it's not a Fleming Book but I'm reading next Month September - Col Sun by Robert Markham ( Kingsley Amis ) as it was written around the same time as the other Books
    and unlike the other continuing Novels Bond wasn't up dated, so He's the same character as Fleming's, and I regard it as part of
    the Original Novels. :)
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,281Chief of Staff
    I think you'll enjoy Colonel Sun, TP. It's very close to the original novels in many ways, and 007 comes across more like Fleming's Bond than in the later novels. I don't see this one ever being filmed- the central idea (M being kidnapped) has been used already, as has the villain's name...well, sort of.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    Oh I'm having a ball ( DAF) ;) re-reading the novels, Many of these I haven't
    Read since my teens ( a very, very long time ago :)) ). It's funny how with age
    ( maturity ?) some of the stories I thought of as slow or not interesting, I now see
    As fantastic pieces of writing, QOS, Octopussy and even TSWLM.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • chrisisallchrisisall Western Mass, USAPosts: 9,061MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    I think you'll enjoy Colonel Sun, TP. It's very close to the original novels in many ways, and 007 comes across more like Fleming's Bond than in the later novels.
    I concur!

    (so Q) :))
    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
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,281Chief of Staff
    Thanks, Chris.

    I'd like to take up TP's point about how one's view of Fleming's work changes with time. It's interesting that the works he cited are the later ones, with less of the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang approach and a more reflective tone. QoS (the short story) I hated when I first read it, at say 14 or so. No guns, gals, etc. Nothing to compare with, say, DN. Nowadays I can see it as a well-written thoughtful story, albeit one in which Bond plays a very minor role.

    On the other hand, I've always enjoyed TSWLM and live in hope that a faithful film (or maybe TV) version might be made one day, since it gives an offbeat, oblique look at Our Hero.

    OP was always a favourite. So well-written, so enjoyable. Major Dexter Smythe is a pretty unflattering self-portrait, of course, and perhaps reflects Fleming's state of mind at the time. In some ways, I'd compare it to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye in which he sets two extreme versions of himself (alcoholic writer Roger Wade, and the idealised Philip Marlowe) against each other- though Chandler's long novel goes into greater depth. It's no secret that Fleming was a Chandler fan- Bond and Marlowe have much in common.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    In many ways I think that's one of the great strengths of Fleming
    As a writer. If you want the action/excitement it's there but if you
    Want a more reflective, inner looking story, Fleming gives you that
    As well.
    Octopussy, on my latest reading really impressed me. The whole scope
    Of the story, from the ageing of Major Dexter Smythe to the execution of
    His plan. Then the reveal of why Bond has a personal reason for wanting
    To meet up with the major. Brilliant story telling. -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,281Chief of Staff
    Agreed. Have you read the comic strip version? It expands on Fleming in interesting ways- true to the spirit of the story but making it more action- oriented.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    No, I haven't. Infact I haven't read any of the comic strip stuff.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,281Chief of Staff
    The earlier ones are great, the later ones less so. Now.where have I heard that before...?
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Here is one that Silhouette Man will agree with :))

    Never Send Flowers

    Bond takes on the Role of DCI Frost and does some investigating of a Man named Stanley Drangonpol. The whole things leads up to a thrilling Disneyland Finale.
    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: 8,688MI6 Agent
    Here is one that Silhouette Man will agree with :))

    Never Send Flowers

    Bond takes on the Role of DCI Frost and does some investigating of a Man named Stanley Drangonpol. The whole things leads up to a thrilling Disneyland Finale.

    Yes, indeed. As you may already know I go under the name Dragonpol on MI6 Community. And the villain is called David Dragonpol. It does indeed show James Bond as a police homicide detective throughout. In fact, I am writing a long essay and review on the 1993 novel by John Gardner. :) -{
    "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
    Where did I get Stanley from? :s :))

    I only really browse MI6 Community -{
    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: 8,688MI6 Agent
    Where did I get Stanley from? :s :))

    I only really browse MI6 Community -{

    Don't worry - we all make mistakes! I called my The Bondologist Blog after the character too! I guess you could say that David Dragonpol has become my alter-ego! :))
    "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
    Not planning any Trips to EuroDisney are you? :v

    Always loved your Blog, probably one of the best Places for Bond -{
    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: 8,688MI6 Agent
    Not planning any Trips to EuroDisney are you? :v

    Funny you should say that as at the bottom of the blog there is the following message:

    "Copying from this blog and its content and replicating it anywhere on the Internet, in a book or a journal is the academic offence of PLAGIARISM, unless you provide a full academic citation. You are of course free to use the articles contained on this blog as long as you ensure that you ALWAYS pay reference to The Bondologist Blog as the source of the article, the article title and the author David Dragonpol (a pseudonym, though I'm not a serial killer despite a court injunction banning me from Disneyland Paris)."

    :))
    "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
    :)) :))
    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: 63,792MI6 Agent
    Colonel Sun:

    First I'd like to point out that I think Col Sun is the best of the Novels to come after Fleming. -{ Writen shortly after
    his death and in my opinion he keeps very much in the style of Fleming. Not quite as Good as Fleming as he doesn't
    Have the "Sweep" or attention to detail, as in the opening Golf game, in which Fleming would have gone into detail
    of the types of clubs used and the reason why Bond had picked them.
    It starts with a Bang and then moves at at fantastic pace , with Bond heading to Greece for the final showdown with
    the Villain. His leading lady is sexy enough, but lacking something, perhaps it's the lack of vunerability that Fleming usually
    gives his Ladies. Either a broken nose, or a bad event from childhood.
    One nice point was Bond refusing to take a 16year old Boy with him to the fight, as He didn't want to have to tell the boy's
    parents about his death, so has him put shore.
    The Colonel himself is a classic Bond villain, nicely described and a nasty piece of work. The torture sequence is horrific, and
    brutal. Another nice point of the book is that Bond uses a Knife for the end section of the story, a basic weapon. Showing
    Bond as a Professional hunter, assassin, cold blooded killer ? But No as he lets one henchman go as he has no need to Kill him.
    Showing ( to me at least) Bond is a Soldier, not a killer. Later Bond himself reflects on the special equipment Q branch had
    supplied him with, yet in the end He had to rely on his own skill, courage and wits. -{

    Trying to keep the Bond time line going, this month I'll be reading Devil may care then Solo, as they are set in the 60s.
    ( Antony Horowitz, has just been announced as writting a new Bond story, set in the 50s, which Buggers up my idea :))
    but I'm going to do it anyway. ) as for the 70s Bond I was going to read Chistopher Woods two great film novels for
    The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, Before moving on to the J Gardner novels which take us through the 80s along with
    the R Benson novels, ending with Carte Blanche as it's set in contemporary times, and who knows A Horowitz novel may be
    out by then to round things off. :))

    Once agin I'd love to hear others opinions on not just Colonel Sun but any of the Bond books {[]
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    Cant wait for your Views on the Gardner Novels. I wrote up a Review for Colonel Sun the other Day -{
    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: 63,792MI6 Agent
    I know, I read it :)) it's great the books are getting a bit of love as well
    As the movies. {[]
    "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 know someone who grew up with the Films, but could never get into the Books. I lent him CR and he only got halfway through, claiming that the slower Pace bored him.
    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: 63,792MI6 Agent
    I do think some love the films and have no interest in the books. For
    Me, I want to know who Bond is, and to get to know ( what little information
    Fleming gives us) what makes the man. To do that you need to read the
    Books. Although I can easily accept, that some fans have no interest in the
    Books, and that's fine. We all have our own interests. :D
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,688MI6 Agent
    Yes, that is an interesting approach to reading the novels, Thunderpussy - well done. :) -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
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