Bond Book of the Month

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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    My copy of " Some kind of hero" arrived this morning, That's five days
    ahead of when I was told. {[]
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  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,278Chief of Staff
    My copy of " Some kind of hero" arrived this morning, That's five days
    ahead of when I was told. {[]

    I look forward to your thoughts on it -{
    YNWA 97
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Just read the first chapter of J Pearson's JB Authorised Biography. -{
    It will be a while before I get through " Some kind of hero" it's a huge book !
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Listerdale_Mystery
    As a bit of trivia, in Agatha Christie's The Listerdale Mystery ( a selection of
    short stories) in The Rajah's Emmeral she has a character called James Bond. ;)
    I realise this is a fairly well known oddity, just in case someone doesn't.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Downloaded the kindle version of " some kind of hero" as reading books seems awkward
    these days.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Kent007Kent007 Posts: 338MI6 Agent
    Just this second put down "Some Kind of Hero", going to start "Trigger Mortis" this afternoon.

    Really enjoyed Some Kind of Hero. Found it such an interesting read. I guess it depends how much you know going into it but I certainly learnt a lot. I'd definitely recommend it to everyone.
    "You are about to wake when you dream that you are dreaming"
  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,435MI6 Agent
    Kent007 wrote:
    Just this second put down "Some Kind of Hero", going to start "Trigger Mortis" this afternoon.

    Really enjoyed Some Kind of Hero. Found it such an interesting read. I guess it depends how much you know going into it but I certainly learnt a lot. I'd definitely recommend it to everyone.
    I started trigger mortis last night, so far so good!
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,161MI6 Agent
    Just back from hols where I managed to read two Bond-related books (dedication, eh :D ).

    I posted a short review of Fleming's The Diamond Smugglers in the "what are you currently reading?" thread as it's not strictly Bond, but the other one is, so if no objections I'll post a review here.

    FOR BOND LOVERS ONLY is a collection of articles published in August 1965 at the height of Bondmania. It's a collection of eleven articles, some of which I suspect were previously published in magazines or newspapers, with contributions by Ian Fleming himself, alongside Sean Connery, Georges Simenon, Allen Dulles, Raymond Chandler and others. Of particular interest is the first full account of Geoffrey Boothroyd's correspondence with Fleming, which is very funny; and a detailed account of real-life spy training in the USSR by J. Bernard Hutton. The exchanges with Deighton, Chandler and Simenon as fellow authors are also very revealing. The paperback is also illustrated with photos of Bond's guns and leading ladies from the first four films.

    In the end, a couple of things stayed with me. The first is this quote from Connery:

    "I don't want to only be known as Sean Connery, the man who plays James Bond. I want to be known as Sean Connery, the actor. Don't think this is because I don't like James Bond. I love him. The character has been wonderful to me.... In fact, I'm looking forward to the next James Bond pictures I make".

    The second is this: that everyone interviewed about Fleming spoke so warmly of him. From Allen Dulles:

    "I knew Fleming well and I liked him. If you were an extrovert you could hardly help liking him and if you didn't bore him he'd probably like you too. He was no snob, but he couldn't stand bores and hypocrites. Everything for him had to be exciting...he felt society owed him an interesting life and he went about to get it".

    Well worth a read -{
    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Thanks for the review C&D -{
    I knew nothing about this book, but luckily as a teen. I found it in a schools book sale :)
    I must re-read some of these wonderful old reference books again.
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Just to try and rekindle a little interest in the Books, I thought starting in September
    ( If there is some enthusiasm for it ) to start reading the wonderful Fleming books
    Again.
    This could be the excuse needed for anyone, who hasn't read these brilliant espionage
    Stories before, to give them a go. Even if you can't read them all, or only want to try one.
    This is the perfect excuse.
    It's always interesting to read the source material, getting into the atmosphere of the
    Times. To learn about Bond the man, with all his faults and inner demons, who knows we
    Might even see a little of ourselves in him ? ;)
    Believe me this is not an Intellectual exercise, just hopefully a few fans enjoying some
    Great adventure stories. -{
    "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: 7,658MI6 Agent
    Yes, I'd be all for that. I need to reread them all again anyway. :) -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Perhaps of interest to all spy fans and writers, John Le Carre is on BBC radio 4 all next week
    Talking about his life, mi5 and his books 9:45 am, although it will be available on BBC radio
    Player, to listen to anytime.
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,301Chief of Staff
    Just to try and rekindle

    Is that a stealth pun there, TP? :D
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Anything that appears smart, clever or stealthy in my posts, are
    either spelling errors or a mistake ! :D
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,435MI6 Agent
    Just to try and rekindle a little interest in the Books, I thought starting in September
    ( If there is some enthusiasm for it ) to start reading the wonderful Fleming books
    Again.
    This could be the excuse needed for anyone, who hasn't read these brilliant espionage
    Stories before, to give them a go. Even if you can't read them all, or only want to try one.
    This is the perfect excuse.
    It's always interesting to read the source material, getting into the atmosphere of the
    Times. To learn about Bond the man, with all his faults and inner demons, who knows we
    Might even see a little of ourselves in him ? ;)
    Believe me this is not an Intellectual exercise, just hopefully a few fans enjoying some
    Great adventure stories. -{
    A wonderful idea TP, in fact and purely coincidentally I've just started Dr No, Its been a good many years since I read it last, Im interested to see if I get anything new from it now I'm older and more mature.
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Having listened to the BBC radio version of Thunderball, I
    Really do think that the novels were so much more romantic
    Than the films. In TB when a frail Bond struggles to the bedside
    Of Domino. -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Mr SnowMr Snow Station "J" JamaicaPosts: 1,733MI6 Agent
    Having listened to the BBC radio version of Thunderball, I
    Really do think that the novels were so much more romantic
    Than the films. In TB when a frail Bond struggles to the bedside
    Of Domino.
    -{

    No wonder he recovered so well ;)

    Going back a few posts I assume you have read Matthew Parker's biography on Ian Fleming. In your opinion how does this compare with Pearson's?

    I've only read Matthew Parkers biography but I found it brilliant. Very interesting reading about Jamaica in the 50's and 60's and the rise and fall of Ian Fleming. I got the impression Fleming was a person you either loved or hated.
    "Everyone knows rock n' roll attained perfection in 1974; It's a scientific fact". - Homer J Simpson
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    To be honest, I've only read one Fleming biography, years ago and can't remember who
    Actually wrote it :#
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    Visiting " Another place" where there is a thread called " Worst Fleming Bond Novel " 8-)
    I have only posted twice, in defence of Mr Fleming, but sadly the attacks keep coming.
    With some very odd examples of " Worst Book " as several mentioned regularly top the
    list of Favourite Bond novels. :))
    I have pointed out that perhaps some aren't ready for Fleming just yet, as he writes for
    adults with some experience of life, maybe something more along the lines of J K Rowling
    or E L James might suit them better. :D
    Sorry for the Rant, but I get angry when the fantastic source material for everything Bond is
    unfairly criticised .
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,301Chief of Staff
    Is that thread in reply to one called "Best Fleming Bond Novel" (which I trust would be hotly debated) or just a stand-alone?
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I think it's a stand alone. " misery never drinks alone "
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,301Chief of Staff
    Well, it sounds pretty negative to me, glad you're on the right side. I bet some of the nay-sayers haven't even read all the books!
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I expect that's true, for example someone said that Fleming used to churn them out ! and didn't like
    Dr No as the giant Squid bit sermed tagged on at the last minute. :#
    I won't bore anyone here with the well known ( if anyone had any interest in the history of the novels ) story
    Of how Dr No came to be written, and the research behind it.
    Anyhow, I did my bit and left them to their " slagg-a-thon " . I wonder how successful the books would have
    Been if Fleming had have listened to some of their advice. :))

    " His eyes had the glazed look of the very rich or the dead " not the exact quote from Goldfinger, but I've
    Always loved it. -{
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  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,006MI6 Agent
    This is a question i ask of my ajb friends. I wonder if you could recomend any James Bond books that would be easy for some one who is not good with the written english language? I tried to read casino royal but I could not understand and apprectiate it. I would like to read a James Bond book.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    You could try youtube, they have several audiobooks to listen to, which could help. The
    audio books can be bought on ebay quite cheaply.
    for youtube type in the search function " James Bond audio books "
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,006MI6 Agent
    You could try youtube, they have several audiobooks to listen to, which could help. The
    audio books can be bought on ebay quite cheaply.
    for youtube type in the search function " James Bond audio books "

    This is a good idea I think. It will allow me to listen to someone as if they are reading the books then I can enjoy. Thank you.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,301Chief of Staff
    a thread called " Worst Fleming Bond Novel " 8-)

    Even through my insane 50 year love of Fleming's Bond novels I can admit that some are better than others* (which is true of any author)- perhaps titling the thread "Weakest" rather than "Worst" would have been less confrontational?

    * reading them in order, I think most would agree that DAF is weaker than its immediate successor FRWL, for example.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    I would have preferred weakest, as it's a more
    Positive description. -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Joshua wrote:
    This is a question i ask of my ajb friends. I wonder if you could recomend any James Bond books that would be easy for some one who is not good with the written english language? I tried to read casino royal but I could not understand and apprectiate it. I would like to read a James Bond book.

    I tend to recommend Moonraker, as it's fairly short and quite a straightforward adventure story, plus you get to learn the rules of Bridge!
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    -{ Good choice ( and what a card game it is ) ;)
    The Books were written in a different time, so they're not
    PC by today's standards. Infact the use of the 'N' word
    In some of the Books ( LALD, DAF for example )
    Makes me cringe. :#
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
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