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Does it count as literature or is it off topic?  ajb007/biggrin

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Here the pitch of the comic(3 books):
What if, during the war, when he himself was a spy for the British crown, Ian Fleming had met an extraordinary spy...The most intrepid, cynical and ferocious one of all... What if this spy was a woman?!

Without pretending to be the best Comic, the drawing is nice and the story really fun. It's a quickly read and full of references.
So do not hesitate of you find it!  ajb007/bond

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1.GE 2.FRWL 3.CR 4.FYEO 5.LALD 6.TMWGG
7.GF 8.TLD 9.TND 10.SF

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The drawing is definitely nice...but why is Fleming blond???

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Revelator wrote:

The drawing is definitely nice...but why is Fleming blond???

Maybe it was drawn by a Daniel Craig fan?  ajb007/biggrin

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"The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).

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I'm currently reading Doctor No.

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Enjoy! It's one of the classics.

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I'm currently on London Match. The third in the Len Deighton trilogy of Bernard Samson novels (yes,I know there are nine of them). So good and the previous two. A must read for any Bond literary fans ajb007/smile

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Finished the audio book of Fergus Fleming's collection of his uncle Ian's Bond-related letters, The Man with the Golden Typewriter. The final chapter is desperately sad, as Fleming's unfailing politeness finally cracks - a letter refusing an interview  request by the BBC's Alan Whicker is, compared to his previous correspondence, spectacularly rude.

A voracious reader almost to the end, his later letters from hospital or convalescence in Brighton are dictated as he becomes overwhelmed by ill-health and the final, heartbreaking missive is from his secretary describes the lonely, dying Fleming looking out of his hospital window, smoking. He was so young and fate (plus booze, cigarettes and overwork) was cruel to take such a vital, physical man when he should have had decades left.

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I'm probably a piker here - but just finished all 14 Fleming books/story collections. It was a fantastic journey - would love to talk about them.

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you must tell us what you thought!
I notice something new each time I read them, so all viewpoints are valuable

did you read them in order or randomly?

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James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me
Christopher Wood
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the novelization of the Roger Moore film, by its screenplay writer.
the best kept secret in the Bond bibliography?

this was the first Bond novel I ever read. When the film came out, the proper Fleming book was out of print, and I just assumed this was Fleming: note the real author's name is very small on the cover, almost as small as the catalog number.


Wood rewrites the most unFleming of all films in the style of Fleming. He gets the sentences right, but also Bond's interior monologs, and the lengthy digressions into character background and technobabble. He also makes many small changes, not affecting the plot structure, but just about every scene has small details that play out differently.

Biggest change is the emphasis. The film of course had an A-plot (Stromberg's evil scheme) and a B-plot (Anya's vow of vengeance). Wood's book makes Anya the centre of the story, and we learn a lot more about her, which is genuinely what Fleming would have done. All the stuff with Atlantis and the tanker swallowing subs, even the stuff with Jaws, is minimised so we may not notice how fantastickal it all is. So many small details are changed, I wonder if it was not so much based on an earlier draft, as deliberately rewritten to give the illusion of having been genuine source material.

Anya works for SMERSH. We see her zapiska (top secret file). She has just returned from a practical course called "Sex as a Weapon", in which electrodes were attached to the student's bodies to measure "degree of response". She has been graded "E sensual", which means she makes love very well and enjoys it. It was here she met Sergei and broke the rules by falling in love.
Anya's boss is not Gogol, he is Colonel Nikitin, from Fleming's FRWL, and he is pervy. He has been reviewing films of her made during the course. He makes a crude pass at her, much as Rosa did to Tatiana, and she avoids his hands by reminding him there is yet another hidden microphone in his office. It is Nikitin who attends the meeting in Cairo, not Gogol, and when he sees the way Bond looks at Anya he decides to send Anya the report on who killed Sergei, only once they have determined who has been stealing the subs. That's why she gets the note at the hotel when she does, her boss planned it that way, out of jealousy because he's a creep, and also because SMERSH has been trying to get Bond for decades. He specifically recalls women have twice almost been his downfall in previous SMERSH schemes (presumably Vesper and Tatiana) so third time might be lucky.


Wood plays a very persuasive trick with this book, while at the same time having a lot of fun with typical Flemingisms. Too bad the book design is so cheap looking. Its from Panther, not PAN who'd been publishing the books for twenty years. I think they're the same ones who would put out the generic looking girls-on-guns set a couple of years later? but even those looked better. The PANs that were still on store shelves when this book came out were the messy desk editions. Imagine if they'd made the effort to mock up a messy desk cover for this book, to match the current series? those covers featured a variety of objects related to the adventure. So which objects should they choose for this one? the microfilm, that's one. keys to the Lotus. what else?

the messy desk editions also had three quotes on each back cover, representing Bond, the villain, and the "girl". The "girl" quote would usually be the sexiest line from the entire book. I know precisely which line from Wood's book should represent Anya, if there were to be a messy desk edition.

They were good breasts, there was no escaping the fact. They were firm and ripe, and they stood rather than hung. The aureoles of the nipples were a rich, chocolate brown and the nipples themselves jutted out expectantly like plump, juicy antennae.
pg 104

Plump, juicy antennae! Bet that would have sold a few more copies had it been on the cover.

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caractacus potts wrote:

Too bad the book design is so cheap looking. Its from Panther, not PAN who'd been publishing the books for twenty years. I think they're the same ones who would put out the generic looking girls-on-guns set a couple of years later? but even those looked better. The PANs that were still on store shelves when this book came out were the messy desk editions. Imagine if they'd made the effort to mock up a messy desk cover for this book, to match the current series? those covers featured a variety of objects related to the adventure. So which objects should they choose for this one? the microfilm, that's one. keys to the Lotus. what else?

the messy desk editions also had three quotes on each back cover, representing Bond, the villain, and the "girl". The "girl" quote would usually be the sexiest line from the entire book. I know precisely which line from Wood's book should represent Anya, if there were to be a messy desk edition.

Cape did publish hardcover versions of both the above and Wood's James Bond and Moonraker- they're pretty expensive to pick up!

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caractacus potts wrote:

James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me
Christopher Wood
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/SpyWhoLovedMeMovieNovel.jpg



Wood plays a very persuasive trick with this book, while at the same time having a lot of fun with typical Flemingisms. Too bad the book design is so cheap looking. Its from Panther, not PAN who'd been publishing the books for twenty years. I think they're the same ones who would put out the generic looking girls-on-guns set a couple of years later? but even those looked better. The PANs that were still on store shelves when this book came out were the messy desk editions. Imagine if they'd made the effort to mock up a messy desk cover for this book, to match the current series? those covers featured a variety of objects related to the adventure. So which objects should they choose for this one? the microfilm, that's one. keys to the Lotus. what else?

I don't mind the cover, as I suppose its job is to scream "Hey, look, Roger Moore" at the potential reader, but the typography and layout of Wood's text inside the book makes it a real trial to read.

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Barbel wrote:

Cape did publish hardcover versions of both the above and Wood's James Bond and Moonraker- they're pretty expensive to pick up!
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woah, those are beauts! not consistent with the Chopping style, but still very classy looking, and Christopher Wood's name is prominent like it oughta be!
I especially like the Moonraker image, its a bit like an old sci-fi pulp magazine cover.
But the ...Spy... cover, why is it a woman with a rose? maybe because Anya receives roses at the hotel, with a note enclosed from her boss telling her who killed her lover! the key moment in the plot, the way Wood tells the story in this version.

as these are Cape editions, this means superado is going to need to look for both those to add to his symmetrical bookshelf!
Maybe a separate shelf for Apocrypha?

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Messy desk for JB, TSWLM: a ski pole, a pic of Anya, Lotus keys, microfilm, a set of steel dentures, plane tickets to Egypt, two Swiss bank books in the names of Bechman and Markovitz stamped "cancelled", a bowl of sheep's eyes and dates, and a Pterois volitans (handsome but deadly).

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caractacus potts wrote:

the ...Spy... cover, why is it a woman with a rose?

No idea!  ajb007/smile

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Barbel wrote:

Messy desk for JB, TSWLM: a ski pole, a pic of Anya, Lotus keys, microfilm, a set of steel dentures, plane tickets to Egypt, two Swiss bank books in the names of Bechman and Markovitz stamped "cancelled", a bowl of sheep's eyes and dates, and a Pterois volitans (handsome but deadly).

say that's pretty good!
I'm going to start searching every 1977 Lotus Esprit in my neighbourhood, to see if they've accidentally left the keys in the ignition. For the purposes of our art-project. Somebody else want to acquire the steel dentures?

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I'm reading Roger Moore's diary from the filming of LALD. It's very entertaining, of cource. He comes across as tougher than usual and with more edge. Being James Bond was new to him at the time, and that makes it more interesting.
I wish more Bond actors would do this. Imagine Connery's diary from FRWL, Lazenby's would be R-rated, I'm not sure if I want Dalton's diary from TLD or LTK. Brosnan's diary from GE would be great.

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I'm reading Roger Moore's diary from the filming of LALD. It's very entertaining, of cource. He comes across as tougher than usual and with more edge. Being James Bond was new to him at the time, and that makes it more interesting.
I wish more Bond actors would do this. Imagine Connery's diary from FRWL, Lazenby's would be R-rated

Monday:
Strewth, what a day! Turned up at the airport to get on the plane to Switzerland. Was expecting Harry to be leading the party, but Cubby had a quiet word with him and after Harry went to casualty it seems that Cubby will be going.
On the plane sat next to a nice Sheila called Diana. I’m sure she fancies me. Some fella called Peter tells me he’ll be directing the movie. “I thought that was Cubby’s job”, I said, and he just smiled vaguely and walked away.
There were two stewardesses, and one asked me if there was anything she could do, so we
[Some pages missing at this point.]
Arrived at the hotel, up on top of a mountain covered in snow. Seems a strange place to put a hotel. Was shown to my room by a good-looking chambermaid, and
[Some pages missing at this point.]
Cubby phoned to tell me to have a good night’s sleep, since tomorrow would be a busy day. “Sure, boss”, I said, “no worries.” Went to the bar for a quick nightcap and was recognised by the barmaid. “You’re James Bond”, she said. “That’s right, darling.” Must have been the drink I ordered. We got talking, and after the bar closed we
[Some pages missing at this point.]

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Number24 wrote:

I'm not sure if I want Dalton's diary from TLD

Monday: Have arrived in Tangier. The hotel seems very comfortable. Mr Broccoli said the cast and crew were having a drink in the hotel bar, at his expense. I decided to spend the evening memorising the script for the next day’s shoot. The noise from the bar below was quite loud.

Tuesday: It was very hot and sunny. I asked Mr Glen about my motivation, and should I be contemplating the Stanislavsky method behind my character’s actions or externalising the emotions engendered.  My training in Shakespeare should prove useful, I thought. “Just point the gun and shoot, Tim” he said.

Wednesday: A scene with John Rhys-Davies, whom I remembered from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His performance in I, Claudius was a significant one which I was keen to discuss, hoping that he would give me some insight into the subtleties of embodying a literary character in a different medium. “Look, Tim”, he said, “just point the gun at me, ok?”

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"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Number24 wrote:

Imagine Connery's diary from FRWL

Monday: First day in Istanbul. The taxi from the airport cost 12s6d, plus a 3d tip for the driver. The hotel manager wanted me to take a room at 20 guineas a night, so I asked him what else was available. He said there was one at 10 guineas, so I took that.

Tuesday: Breakfast cost 2s. Saltzman sent a car to take me to the location, which was 2 miles and 400 yards from the hotel. I made the driver sign a receipt to agree this was so, and have kept it with the receipts for breakfast and yesterday’s taxi.
Terence introduced me to the leading lady, Daniela Bianchi. We got on very well, and she asked me for my autograph. Since we were getting on so well, I only charged her £5.

Wednesday: Breakfast was 2s, lunch cost nearly a pound! Saltzman and Broccoli were on set today. I gave them all the receipts I had collected so far, explaining that they should reimburse me by Friday.

Thursday: Still waiting for the cheque from those two bastards. It better be here by tomorrow.

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.... Brosnan?

Monday: First day’s shooting at Pinewood. As I was rehearsing in a corner saying “The name’s Bond... James Bond” over and over, Martin came up and asked if I was ready. “Of course”, I said,“ the name’s Bond... James Bond.” He smiled, and told me to save it till we were doing the scene.

Tuesday: My first scene with Judi Dench. I wasn’t starstruck at all, though it did take 75 takes to get the scene done since I kept saying “the name’s Bond... James Bond”. They had to put her on an orange crate so she could look me straight in the chin. At the end I thanked her and said I had enjoyed worked with her. “That’s wonderful, Mr Dalton”, she said.

Wednesday: Michael and Barbara posed with me for some photos. I’m really enjoying being with them, and trust them absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be working together for a long long time.

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Craig?

Monday: First day's shooting at Pinewood. Hit the gym. Hit the stuntman too, a couple of times (Everton supporter). Bought a crate, so I could look Dame Judy squarely in the chin. Tried on the wardrobe, thank God they have it on several lorries as I have fourteen wardrobe changes before lunchtime.

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."

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