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Thunderpussy wrote:

I tried  Dracula, but it was so slow and old fashioned to read, that I gave up.
I could joke that it sucked ........ But I won't.

Me too, I really enjoyed it up to about half-way, then it just seems to fall apart and gets really boring.

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I did want to read Frankenstein  but I think it would be as hard to read. ajb007/crap

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True, you have to do that one in sections then tie it all together at the end.

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007: JAMES BOND: A REPORT by O.F. Snelling

The first book on the Bond phenomena, JAMES BOND: A REPORT was published in 1964, some months before Fleming's death. The book examines the novels, (although the author has seen the first two Connery films) up to the events of You Only Live Twice, which had just been published and features as footnotes in The Report.

O. F. (Oswald Frederick) Snelling (1916-2001) was an author and auctioneer clerk in the antiquarian book trade. A REPORT was the only title at that stage authorised by Fleming himself and remains Snelling's most notable work.

The book contains chapters titled His Predecessors, His Image, His Women, His Adversaries and His Future. It's written in the first person, in a largely tongue-in-cheek way as Snelling points out the many inconsistencies and adjustments between the novels, but it's an affectionate tribute as Snelling is clearly a huge fan of the novels. For instance:

"[Bond] appears to have one serious hobby: fast cars...the first one he ever owned was 'one of the last of the 4.5 litre Bentleys with the supercharger...'. He bought it in 1933. Harping back to the business about his age, if it is established that Bond was about twenty-six at the end of the war, he bought that car at the age of fourteen! On the other hand, if he was still only about 36 in 1961, as Domino guesses him to be, he was about eight years old when he bought his first car. Since he 'had kept it in careful storage throughout the war', either he was waiting till he was old enough to buy* a licence or he was serving his country and lied about his age".

(*could you buy a licence in 1964?  ajb007/amazed )

One of the most interesting aspects in A REPORT is that Snelling compares Bond to the best known pre-war heroes of British spy/thrillers, such as Bulldog Drummond and Richard Hannay. Bond, while clearly from upper-middle class roots, is a world away from the stiff-upper lipped adventurers and verges on anti-hero at times.

Raymond Benson's 'James Bond: A Bedside Companion' was clearly influenced by A REPORT and covers much the same ground. My only criticism is that A REPORT is not so easy to dip in and out of - each chapter is like a chapter in a novel, linear and without breaks or the bullet points in more modern reference books on Bond. Additionally it contains no illustrations or images.

However, as the first major work on Bond and with its rich vein of humour and affection, it's well worth reading if you can find a copy. 7/10  ajb007/martini

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Nice review C&D.  ajb007/cheers

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881

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Hello I could use everyone's help. I am looking for a book that came out probably a couple of years ago. It was a larger hard cover book that had movie pictures of the bond films inside it with information regarding the films and Bond. My brother in law is a huge bond fan as am I and I would like to obtain a copy for him as a gift. I am not sure what it is called, perhaps others have seen it and could pass along information. Any assistance would be appreciated.

882

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Sounds like the Posters of 007?

Its been reissued

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Just finished reading CR, my first Bond Book. Have to kick myself for not attempting to read Fleming earlier

The book is nicely paced and introduces the characters well. The battle in the casino and the torture scene are classic. The last act creates suspense to keep the pages turning  ajb007/martini

Hoping that the next books will include the SMERSH agent who kept 007 alive after dealing with Le Chiffre

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Yes,  it's a wonderfully well crafted novel.  ajb007/cheers  the description of the card game
Is especially good ( in my opinion).

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Yes, those first three books are consistently good throughout.

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002 wrote:

Yes, those first three books are consistently good throughout.

Indeed.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Hopefully over Christmas and the new year, many of us may well get a few Bond
Books in our stockings, In  the new year. I was going to once again  read the
Fleming books again, so would really welcome any views from members on them.
     Like many of us, I seem to know more about the films than the books. Hopefully
By continually going back and re-reading these wonderful story's, will help me be
a little more knowledgeable on them......... Also it's a lot of fun  ajb007/smile
   So if anyone wants to read the books again or for the first time, and would like
To discuss, give some observations, opinions and views please join in.  Believe me
I'm no expert  on the books, simply a fan. No one need feel that they don't know
enough about the books to give an opinion. I'm only learning , myself.  ajb007/wink

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888

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Not Fleming but I believe I will have the Making of OHMSS in my stocking this xmas!!  Been after it for a while!!

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889

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The book or the Stockings ?  ajb007/wink

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^ That sounds like a very good idea, TP. I always like any opportunity to study the literary Bond more in-depth.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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891

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Any excuse to read them  ajb007/lol  also I've not got a copy but
From all reports the " Making of OHMSS" is a wonderful
Book.  ajb007/martini

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Any excuse to read them  ajb007/lol  also I've not got a copy but
From all reports the " Making of OHMSS" is a wonderful
Book.  ajb007/martini

I have it and the TLD one as well. Yes, very good books, if a little pricey but a lot of hard work went into their creation so I don't mind that too much.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Who knows, I've been a good boy, so maybe my stocking too
Will have something other than a small orange !  ajb007/lol

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Silhouette Man wrote:
Thunderpussy wrote:

Any excuse to read them  ajb007/lol  also I've not got a copy but
From all reports the " Making of OHMSS" is a wonderful
Book.  ajb007/martini

I have it and the TLD one as well. Yes, very good books, if a little pricey but a lot of hard work went into their creation so I don't mind that too much.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

Pricey indeed.  Thats why im hoping the other half bought it  ajb007/biggrin

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Anybody picked up Some Kind of Hero?

I grabbed a copy in the UK but the cover was ripped to bits so put it back and forget to go to another book shop

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welshboy78 wrote:

Anybody picked up Some Kind of Hero?

I grabbed a copy in the UK but the cover was ripped to bits so put it back and forget to go to another book shop

Yes, I ordered it off Amazon a while ago. Recommended - a real tome on the Bond films.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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897

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Just received mine today. It's huge. I had no idea. Must be 600+ pages long which I would assume makes it the definitive single volume on the subject. Looking forward to reading it.

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I'm  waiting for mine to be delivered.

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The Domino Effect wrote:

Just received mine today. It's huge. I had no idea. Must be 600+ pages long which I would assume makes it the definitive single volume on the subject. Looking forward to reading it.

Indeed.  I was suprised how thick it was too!

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Yes, it really is a tome and a tonic for the Bond film historian!  ajb007/smile

Its co-author Ajay Chowdhury added me on Facebook recently.  ajb007/bond

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