Info 007 Novels?

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  1. ant-mac

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    Does anyone else on this message board actually read any of the 007 novels?

    I've just finished re-reading CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming. I'm now ready to move on to LIVE AND LET DIE again.

    I like CASINO ROYALE, but it isn't my favourite Ian Fleming novel. I think that honour goes to either FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE or OHMSS.

    “The bitch is dead now.”
     
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    You have put me to shame.

    I have, thinking on it, yet to actually read a James Bond novel.

    I understand that MOONRAKER is virtually unrecognisable and that OHMSS is pretty faithful. Oh and I read the bit about the knife stabbing Bond in the leg from that woman's shoe and he appears to die.

    Other than that, they are an undiscovered country to me. o_O
     
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    You're missing out, mate.

    They are a great read.

    There are two versions of MOONRAKER, the original by Ian Fleming and the film version by Christopher Wood.

    The same applies for THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

    The incident you refer to occurs at the end of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
     
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    I would highly recommend the books (Fleming's Moonraker is my favourite). Also, some of the post Fleming books are worth looking into. Licence Renewed, For Special Services & Icebreaker by John Gardner and High Time To Kill by Raymond Benson are my favourite ones not written by Fleming.
     
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    I like Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood and John Gardner, but unfortunately, I absolutely detest Raymond Benson.
     
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    “He disagreed with something that ate him.”

    Well, I've now completed CASINO ROYALE and LIVE AND LET DIE once again. They were both simple and straightforward stories - and very enjoyable.

    However, now comes MOONRAKER, with its unforgettable card game at Blades. The night James Bond literally won a small fortune. I am really looking forward to that.
     
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    “I should spend the money quickly, Commander Bond.”

    Well, I've now completed MOONRAKER once again. I enjoyed it even more this time around. I find I appreciate the original circumstances of the Bond adventures much more than I did when I was younger. I'm more than a little tired of the high-tech, ultra-modern world of the Bond films.

    However, now comes DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. And all that I can remember of it from the last time I read it was that I thought it was much better than the film. And I thought that even though I was much younger...
     
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    "It reads better than it lives."

    I’ve completed DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, with the diamond smuggling pipeline, the American Mafia and the sexy and sultry Tiffany Case. I don’t consider it to be amongst the best of Ian Fleming’s work, but it is still so much better than the film.

    “Don’t push it in. Screw it in,” said M impatiently.

    And if you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to read DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER for yourself. ;)

    Now for FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.
     
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    “This man died from living too much.”

    I’ve finished reading FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE. Ian Fleming once remarked that he thought this was his finest 007 novel - and it’s difficult to argue with him. It is quite simply brilliant.

    The evil plot that SMERSH created has been foiled. Red Grant is dead, Tatiana Romanova is safe and James Bond lies unconscious on the wine red carpet, on the brink of death… And now for DR NO, with a return visit to Jamaica and another adventure with Quarrel.
     
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  10. Gavin

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    I've read a couple and they're quite good, although obviously very dated now. But they're very little like the movies really. To be honest the books and the movies are basically completely separate entities that just happen to share some character names.
     
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    “Hold tight, my darling. And cry. It’s going to hurt.”

    Well, once again, I’ve finished reading through DR NO. And, once again, I thoroughly enjoyed it. James Bond’s Jamaican adventure has come to a close. John Strangways’ bullet-ridden corpse lies at the bottom of a reservoir, Quarrel’s burnt and twisted remains lay in a patch of jungle next to a lake and Doctor Julius No lies dead under a twenty foot high pile of bird shit.

    For the most part, the film was reasonably accurate to the novel, although there were some differences here and there.

    And now for GOLDFINGER…

    According to Shirley Bassey, he's the man with the Midas touch.
     
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    “If you touch me there again you’ll have to marry me.”

    I've just finished re-reading GOLDFINGER. I'm now ready to move on to FOR YOUR EYES ONLY again.

    James Bond has defeated Auric Goldfinger’s scheme, Operation Grand Slam. His plans to rob Fort Knox of all its gold bullion are in ruins and he and his faithful henchman, Oddjob are both dead. As are Jill Masterton and her sister Tiffany Masterton. Meanwhile, Pussy Galore is receiving some much needed TLC from 007.

    And now it’s time to read FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, a book that is comprised of the five short stories FROM A VIEW TO A KILL, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, RISICO and THE HILDEBRAND RARITY.
     
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    I've finished the James Bond book, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, which differs from the preceding seven 007 novels. This time, it's a collection of short stories, that tell of five secret occasions in the life of James Bond.

    FROM A VIEW TO A KILL

    Bond investigates the murder of a motorcycle dispatch-rider from SHAPE - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe - and the theft of his top-secret documents by a motorcycle-riding assassin.

    “Well, thanks for picking me up. When this whirl is over, can I pick you up in exchange?”

    FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

    After the murder of the Havelocks, who were close friends of M, by the henchmen of a former Gestapo officer who wishes to purchase their Jamaican estate, Bond is sent on a mission of vengeance.

    “You know what they say in China: ‘Before you set out on revenge, you dig two graves.’”

    QUANTUM OF SOLACE

    After a dinner party at Government House in Nassau, when the other guests have left, the Governor tells Bond the story of a relationship between a former civil servant Philip Masters and an air hostess Rhoda Llewellyn and about the QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

    “You’re not married, but I think it’s the same with all relationships between a man and a woman. They can survive anything so long as some kind of basic Humanity exists between the two people. When all kindness has gone, when one person obviously and sincerely doesn’t care if the other is alive or dead, then it’s just no good. That particular insult to the ego - worse, to the instinct of self-preservation - can never be forgiven. I’ve noticed this in hundreds of marriages. I’ve seen flagrant infidelities patched up, I’ve seen crimes and even murder forgiven by the other party, let alone bankruptcy and every other form of social crime. Incurable disease, blindness, disaster - all these can be overcome. But never the death of common Humanity in one of the partners. I’ve thought about this and I’ve invented a rather high-sounding title for this basic factor in Human relations. I have called it the Law of the Quantum of Solace.”

    RISICO

    Bond is sent by M to investigate a drug-smuggling operation based in Italy that is sending narcotics to England, with instructions to get in touch with a CIA informant, Kristatos, who in turn tells Bond that a man named Colombo is behind the racket.

    “In this pizniss is much risico.”

    THE HILDEBRAND RARITY

    After completing an assignment in the Seychelles Islands, Bond meets an uncouth American millionaire named Krest, who challenges him to help in the search for a rare fish, THE HILDEBRAND RARITY.

    “My friend, that is one hell of a bloody fine ship and if Mister Krest is a grand slam redoubled in bastards, who the hell cares?”

    And now for THUNDERBALL, the first encounter between James Bond and SPECTRE - SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
     
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