Book vs. Film (FINAL RESULTS)

GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
edited April 2016 in Trivia & Games Posts: 5,260
I have got no idea if this has been done before, please don't kill me if it has, but we've got 12 Bond novels by Fleming, I was wondering if you liked them better or worse than their respective movies.

In the tradition of all the games on this board, I'd suggest a book vs. film battle. Each week one title and the possibility to vote once, providing of course that you've read the book.

Week 1: CASINO ROYALE

My vote would go to the book.

Book: 1
Film: 0
Tie: 0
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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @GoldenGun, the more I have become aware of the differences between the media, the more reluctant I've become to choose between them. However, I like you and the idea for this thread so I'll participate. I just expect a whole lot of ties. ;-) We'll see. :-)

    Casino Royale

    The book is intense and concise. The film feels bigger but then again, it's a 2006 high-profile Bond film, stripping a lot from the established formula but still forced to meet some of our expectations, including action and some high stakes (e.g. the attack on the airport), to be commercially interesting.

    But, and this argument will come up often here, the book is a book, a spy thriller written in the 1950s and the first in the series, whereas the film had entirely different goals set for it and came from an already pretty loaded legacy. Ergo I think they both excel in their respective medium / series. I love both, with intensity. CR, both as a book and as a film, offers an almost religious experience for me as a Bond fan.

    And as such:

    Book: 1
    Film: 0
    Tie: 1
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
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    The book is great, but not among the best. The film is, so therefore.

    Book. 1
    Film. 1
    Tie:1
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
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    Thanks, @DarthDimi.

    I don't disagree with you that the two mediums and/or eras cannot be compared.

    However, I was more aiming at which of the two you personally enjoy more. :D
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited December 2015 Posts: 30,170
    I already know that the book will win every time, with one exception. One of my top films though.

    Book - 2
    Film - 1
    Tie - 1
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
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    What exception, @Birdleson? GF or TSWLM?
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    One of those is correct. We'll see which when we get there. The other is actually pretty far up my list.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    I loved the book. Then Ms. Eva Green sashayed into the world of Bond.

    Book: 2
    Film: 2
    Tie:1
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
    Posts: 1,984
    Birdleson wrote: »
    One of those is correct. We'll see which when we get there. The other is actually pretty far up my list.

    I'm assuming it's TSWLM?
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    Great thread idea. Film for me.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
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    Thanks, mate.

    Current score:

    Book: 2
    Film: 3
    Tie:1
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    Book: 3
    Film: 3
    Tie:1
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    Book: 3
    Film: 4
    Tie:1
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    I'll go for the book as well. Yes, the movie was one of the most faithful adaptation of a Fleming novel I saw (with FRWL and OHMSS sharing the first and second place respectively), and I love it a lot, but the book is better :

    Book : 4
    Film : 4
    Tie : 1
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 30,170

    That reminds me. Some of you may be interested in checking out this relevant thread that I started a while back.


    http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/8785/which-film-adaptations-are-the-most-faithful-to-the-fleming-novel-or-short-story#latest
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    Book: 5
    Film: 4
    Tie: 1
  • DrShatterhandDrShatterhand Garden of Death, near Belfast
    edited December 2015 Posts: 805
    “THE SCENT and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling – a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension – becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.”

    For that opening alone the book wins it for me...

    Book: 6
    Film: 4
    Tie: 1
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
    edited December 2015 Posts: 5,260
    Well, that's it folks.

    It seems that Ian Fleming outwitted Martin Campbell and Daniel Craig by two votes.

    Results
    Casino Royale: book

    Next up is: LIVE AND LET DIE

    For me, it's the book again. It's my personal favourite of the novels and while the 1973 adaption certainly has its moments I'm not so extremely fond of it.

    Book: 1
    Film: 0
    Tie: 0
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 30,170
    LIVE AND LET DIE

    Though it's a Top Ten film for me, it can't compete with the textures and depth of that great novel.

    Book; 2
    Film; 0
    Tie: 0
  • edited December 2015 Posts: 1,580
    LIVE AND LET DIE

    Book: 3
    Film; 0
    Tie: 0


    It has to be the book. It's not even a contest, really. EON's Live and Let Die ranks near the very bottom for me, just above the likes of Die Another Day and The Man With the Golden Gun.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited December 2015 Posts: 18,983
    LIVE AND LET DIE


    The only thing the book doesn't have is Jane Seymour. Other than that, fascinating novel, very tense. So I'm going to go for the book.

    Book: 4
    Film; 0
    Tie: 0
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    So good was that book scenes and plot points from it were used in three Bond movies. So, for me, it's book all the way, even if the "Tour of Harlem" scene can be cringe inducing for modern audiences.

    Book : 5
    Film : 0
    Tie : 0
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
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    Book is one of the best, film is mediocre.

    Book : 6
    Film : 0
    Tie : 0
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
    Posts: 5,260
    My goodness, it seems that the tie is already decided after one day.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bond '83!
    edited December 2015 Posts: 5,260
    The book is a clear winner here. Roger Moore's first effort receives no votes.

    Results
    Casino Royale: book
    Live and Let Die: book


    Next up is: MOONRAKER

    For me, the book would have made quite a good film script. There was no reason at all to use the title for James Bond in Space. Again, the book is more my taste.

    Book: 1
    Film: 0
    Tie: 0
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Although I'm a fan of the film - it's so daft one help but like it - it has to be the book.

    Book: 2
    Film: 0
    Tie: 0
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
    edited December 2015 Posts: 40,113
    And again the book is among the very best, while the film is very mediocre to put it like that.

    Book:3
    Film:0
    Tie:0
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    edited December 2015 Posts: 4,278
    I seen we posted at the same time @Thunderfinger!

  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
    Posts: 40,113
    Yes, already fixed. I usually check for that.
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    Casino Royale: book
    Live and Let Die: book

    Next up is: MOONRAKER

    Book: 2
    Film: 0
    Tie: 0

    I am assuming we are talking the 1979 film and not the 1995 film gold eye of the 2002 film die another day both borrow heavidly from the book

  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    edited December 2015 Posts: 16,202
    And again the book is among the very best, while the film is very mediocre to put it like that.
    My fave book vs. my least fave film? Easy peasy.

    Book:5
    Film:0
    Tie:0

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