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  • Agent KinoAgent Kino New YorkPosts: 178MI6 Agent
    I am currently working through DR. NO. This is my first read through of it.
    1. Goldfinger 2. Skyfall 3. Goldeneye 4. The Spy Who Loved Me 5. OHMSS
    "I never joke about my work, 007."
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    Just finished Goldfinger ...... again ;) Not one of my favourite novels but still a good read.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,383MI6 Agent
    Agent Kino wrote:
    I am currently working through DR. NO. This is my first read through of it.

    Enjoy! It's my favourite Bond novel. -{ Let me know what you think.
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,383MI6 Agent
    Just finished Goldfinger ...... again ;) Not one of my favourite novels but still a good read.

    I've only read it once and think that on that occasion the film did it better than the novel. Thought the chapter with the cat was a bit naff
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,696MI6 Agent
    Agreed the film " tidied " up the story.
    Although I dare any man to read the
    Chapter with the buzzsaw, and not
    Cross their legs and wince.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • The Spy Who Never DiesThe Spy Who Never Dies UKPosts: 642MI6 Agent
    edited September 2020
    Have you seen the episode of 'allo 'allo where they do a parody of the circular saw scene?
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 2,909Quartermasters
    I just finished Doubleshot, my first time reading this novel...or in this case, listening to it as I don't own a hard copy so I bought it on Audible. I don't think Benson's books made it to South Africa in substantial numbers so they tend to be very hard to find here, despite my frequent, almost obsessive, scrounging around for them in used bookshops.

    I found Doubleshot to be a reasonably enjoyable Bond adventure. I was glad that there were fewer gadgets than in other Benson books that I've read. No Jaguar with a build in drone and self healing bodywork, for instance! The story was interesting, with the politics around Gibraltar and the doppelganger idea, but I didn't enjoy the twin CIA agents. I found them quite annoying, although it could have something to do with the male audiobook performer, Simon Vance, doing the performance of young American women not really working for me. Not the worst continuation novel by any means, but the Gardner variety remains my favourite flavour of continuation book (with Amis and Horowitz alongside). The last two Benson novels and his TWINE novelisation remain the only corner of the literary Bond canon that I've yet to fully explore. Sadly I've never come across any reviews of those books that encourages me to peruse them anytime soon.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,129Chief of Staff
    Golrush007 wrote:
    I just finished Doubleshot, my first time reading this novel...or in this case, listening to it as I don't own a hard copy so I bought it on Audible. I don't think Benson's books made it to South Africa in substantial numbers so they tend to be very hard to find here, despite my frequent, almost obsessive, scrounging around for them in used bookshops.

    I found Doubleshot to be a reasonably enjoyable Bond adventure. I was glad that there were fewer gadgets than in other Benson books that I've read. No Jaguar with a build in drone and self healing bodywork, for instance! The story was interesting, with the politics around Gibraltar and the doppelganger idea, but I didn't enjoy the twin CIA agents. I found them quite annoying, although it could have something to do with the male audiobook performer, Simon Vance, doing the performance of young American women not really working for me. Not the worst continuation novel by any means, but the Gardner variety remains my favourite flavour of continuation book (with Amis and Horowitz alongside). The last two Benson novels and his TWINE novelisation remain the only corner of the literary Bond canon that I've yet to fully explore. Sadly I've never come across any reviews of those books that encourages me to peruse them anytime soon.

    I think Doubleshot is my favourite - well, least disliked - Benson Bond novel...although I will always add I think Benson wasn’t served well by the publishers...Never Dream of Dying just left a horrible taste in my mouth, I find no redeeming feature in that novel at all...The Man With The Red Tattoo was a marked improvement for me, although it may be because the previous novel was SO bad...TWINE isn’t bad either...

    I suppose I should read all of Benson’s Bond novels again, as it’s been awhile...you should get them if only for completeness -{
    YNWA 96
  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 998MI6 Agent
    Sir Miles wrote:
    Golrush007 wrote:
    I just finished Doubleshot, my first time reading this novel...or in this case, listening to it as I don't own a hard copy so I bought it on Audible. I don't think Benson's books made it to South Africa in substantial numbers so they tend to be very hard to find here, despite my frequent, almost obsessive, scrounging around for them in used bookshops.

    I found Doubleshot to be a reasonably enjoyable Bond adventure. I was glad that there were fewer gadgets than in other Benson books that I've read. No Jaguar with a build in drone and self healing bodywork, for instance! The story was interesting, with the politics around Gibraltar and the doppelganger idea, but I didn't enjoy the twin CIA agents. I found them quite annoying, although it could have something to do with the male audiobook performer, Simon Vance, doing the performance of young American women not really working for me. Not the worst continuation novel by any means, but the Gardner variety remains my favourite flavour of continuation book (with Amis and Horowitz alongside). The last two Benson novels and his TWINE novelisation remain the only corner of the literary Bond canon that I've yet to fully explore. Sadly I've never come across any reviews of those books that encourages me to peruse them anytime soon.

    I think Doubleshot is my favourite - well, least disliked - Benson Bond novel...although I will always add I think Benson wasn’t served well by the publishers...Never Dream of Dying just left a horrible taste in my mouth, I find no redeeming feature in that novel at all...The Man With The Red Tattoo was a marked improvement for me, although it may be because the previous novel was SO bad...TWINE isn’t bad either...

    I suppose I should read all of Benson’s Bond novels again, as it’s been awhile...you should get them if only for completeness -{

    I agree with all the comments.
    Doubleshot, despite not being excellent was certainly his best and most consistently interesting novel. Some decent characters, good locations and a half-decent (as opposed to half-assed plot). The Truant Twins were my major dislike - one or the other of them does nothing, then they swap around, it was a tiresome exercise. I think Benson was just tickled with the idea of Bond making love to twins. In general Benson's ickysome sex scenes are my main memory of his fairly dismal run of books.
  • Bond Collectors' WeekendsBond Collectors' Weekends Gainesville, Florida USAPosts: 1,654MI6 Agent
    Hodder/"Cape" insisted that each sex scene be spiced up. They pressed beyond the wishes of the author.
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  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,129Chief of Staff
    Hodder/"Cape" insisted that each sex scene be spiced up. They pressed beyond the wishes of the author.

    I’m not surprised 8-)

    As I said, I don’t think Benson was well served by the publishers :(
    YNWA 96
  • RevelatorRevelator Posts: 286MI6 Agent
    edited April 2

    There doesn't seem to be a thread devoted to new and upcoming books, so I hope no one minds if I share the following.

    2021 should be a good year for Bond reference books. In exchange for an Amazon review I have been sent this:


    It covers similar ground to another new book.


    Then in June we can expect this study:


    The author is the editor of the James Bond Studies journal, which releases serious work. The publisher's description of the book indicates it will be a nuanced examination of Fleming's attitudes toward race and empire.


    Another important-looking book will published in June:


    Normally I'd say the world doesn't need a new biography of Fleming, but as the publisher's description indicates, this work will study Fleming's life through the lens of Bond (unlike the Pearson and Lycett biographies) and include literary criticism and analysis. I can personally vouch for Prof. Buckton's credentials, having contributed an essay to his collection The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond on Page and Screen.

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