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Topic: Bond Book of the Month

Many have suggested having a Book of the Month Thread, So lets start one.  ajb007/biggrin
Starting in July ( To give time to either Buy a copy,or dig out an old one ) with
Casino Royale. Then continuing through the Fleming Novels, and on to the continuing
Novels.


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So it's still open for suggestions, advice or tips.  Although from July you can post your views on Casino Royale
whether your reading it for the first time or need the excuse to read it again after a few Years.

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

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you can count on your old mate A,S , for support on this one  T.P  ajb007/smile

By the way, did I tell you,  I was       "Mad"?

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At the moment I'm reading Dan Brown's "Inferno". I'd be only too happy to read CR again when it's finished.

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Im up for it  ajb007/bond

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I've just finished Casino Royale and I'm part way through Live and Let Die. I'll wait for you guys to catch up, providing you are planning on reading the books in order that is.

1- On Her Majesty's Secret Service   2- Casino Royale   3- Licence To Kill   4- Goldeneye   5- From Russia With Love

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Yes, Jamesbondjr. That's the idea start with CR and work through them all.  ajb007/biggrin
I'd suggest not visiting the thread untill the Book has been read ( so you're covered )  ajb007/wink
incase of spoilers etc.

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

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I'm up for it too.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Yes, Jamesbondjr. That's the idea start with CR and work through them all.  ajb007/biggrin
I'd suggest not visiting the thread untill the Book has been read ( so you're covered )  ajb007/wink
incase of spoilers etc.

It's cool. I've already read them all once this year  ajb007/smile ajb007/martini

Edit:

Seeing as you replied to my thread on the article I wrote on the novels I'm guessing I missed your intended sarcasm here. Doh!  ajb007/embarrassed

1- On Her Majesty's Secret Service   2- Casino Royale   3- Licence To Kill   4- Goldeneye   5- From Russia With Love

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ajb007/lol  Believe me Jamesbondjr, NO sarcasm was meant.  Just pointing out
you had a head start.  ajb007/lol

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

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I have 3 copies of Casino Royale I'd be happy to give away to anyone in the UK who wants to participate and doesn't have/ can't afford / can't find a copy.

I was up in the loft yesterday and found 3 copies (sadly no First Editions  ajb007/crap ). They are a tiny bit  tatty but if you genuinely want to read the book I'm sure you won't mind.

I'm happy to give away for free and include 2nd class postage in the uk, so pleas Pm me.

The only catch is you that you read them and help contribute to the debate on this forum.

ajb007/cheers

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

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Very generous offer C&D, I've just dug out my old pan copy this morning.  ajb007/lol

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

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I am up for re-reading the novels.  I'll pull out my copy of CR.

"A blunt instrument wielded by a Government department.  Hard, ruthless, sardonic, fatalistic.  He likes gambling, golf, fast motor cars.  All his movements are relaxed and economical". Ian Fleming

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I think this can be the excuse to either read them for the first time or re-read them after years of meaning to.  ajb007/lol

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

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I started on Casino Royale this morning, having last read it about 4 or 5 years ago.

chapter One - I love the way it gets you immediately into Bond's world and the story. Fleming packs in a lot of 'tradecraft' about which he was clearly very knowledgeable. More or less the only thing we learn about Bond seems to be how professional he is, and that he has warmth and humour in his eyes - at least when he's awake.

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

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And his 70th ciggy of the day.   ajb007/lol

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

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Thunderpussy wrote:

And his 70th ciggy of the day.   ajb007/lol

Yeah, that shows real dedication [*][/*]

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

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It was not the first Bond novel I ever read, but you can clearly feel that this is the first Bond novel ever written. It is shorter than most, Bond is really no more than a vaguely outlined character that doesn’t interact as much with the people around him like he does in later novels. And by later novels I mean from the second novel, Live and Let Die, onwards. I really like the introduction of Leiter and I think it is a real shame that not more of the interaction between Leiter and Bond from the novel is used in the movie of 2006. The movie was one of the longest Bond movies ever so I think they could have spent some more time setting up the starting friendship between Leiter and Bond.

I will not write my entire review in one post. Ill just write small opinions during July. I plan to do this the coming months as well.

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TBH, I too was planing on giving some short thoughts as I went through the book. As I'm not one for long posts. Although it has been said that the books have no sence of humor but M reading the report and having to have a phrase
Explained to him, I thought was very funny.

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

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There are no real jokes in it, that is true, but the story and prose can make me smile as well.

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Sounds great.  What is the final date to have finished reading Casino Royale?  I guess then we start posting our thoughts?

Bond: "But who would want to kill me, sir?"
M: "Jealous husbands, outraged chefs, humiliated tailors . . . the list is endless."

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I hadn't really thought of a time scale. I'd say when you're ready to post something go ahead.

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

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Sounds good... I just finished Carte Blanche so I'm up for going back through the books!

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It is an interesting story but lacks in character development. It may be because the novel is a lot shorter than most Bond novels or because the entire story takes place in and around the casino. But to me it doesn´t have so much of a Bond feel as most stories by Fleming. But again, maybe it is just me. However, I really like the game of baccarat between Le Chiffre and Bond. It is very tense and you almost believe he is going to lose until Felix comes to the rescue. I do however find his sudden love for Vesper a bit unbelievable.

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On first seeing the Film of Casino Royale it became by second favourite Bond film, and It packs
almost all of the Fleming story, with a few action sequences for the thrill of the modern Film
audiences.
    In the Novel Fleming's opening paragraph beautifully sets the sene and sense of a late night
casino. The card game between Le Chiffre and Bond is brilliant, I love his discription of a players
hands being like Crabs scurring out for the cards.
  We even have Bond doing a little Trade craft, checking if anyone has been in his room. The torture
scene is another very well written piece, and will still make many readers Cringe at it.
   I agree it is a short Novel and so lacks some of the character development of the later novels, as
Mentioned by Peppermill. Still I haven't read it in Years and found Myself really enjoying it.

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

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I'm sorry but I have to disagree about CR the movie packing almost all the Fleming story. I think it misses a lot of key scenes from the novel and the scenes it adds have nothing to do with the novel al together. I have never understood why people say that this movie is so close to Fleming.

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