Which Bond novel are you currently reading?

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  • Posts: 9,279
    I am reading what I believe is the last 007 comic book series the Oro then I might read a John Gardner novel Death is Forever
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,258
    Reading Colonel Sun. The opening chapters are fantastic, really has that Fleming feel. I have to admit the middle chapters though have been a bit dull to get through. Entering the last act of the book and hope it picks back up to a nice conclusion.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Reading Colonel Sun. The opening chapters are fantastic, really has that Fleming feel. I have to admit the middle chapters though have been a bit dull to get through. Entering the last act of the book and hope it picks back up to a nice conclusion.

    Personally, I only enjoyed the beginning.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    I read Colonel Sun only once so far and was a bit bored.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    edited July 2020 Posts: 12,962
    I have only read Colonel Sun once, and I can't say I was all that keen on it. I'll give it another try when I get around it it. Trigger Mortis today, so I am ready to move on to For Your Eyes Only later.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    For anyone interested:
  • Agent_47Agent_47 Canada
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    Now reading Colonel Sun. The first 3 chapters are great, wastes no time setting up the plot. Can't wait to check out the rest.
  • matt_umatt_u better known as Mr. Roark
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    Just finished TMWTGG and I have to say I was expecting it to be worse. Yes, it lacks further polishing but I really loved the western feeling to it. A crepuscular tale with some really cool imagery, especially in the finale. The beginning with “robo-Bond” is a nice touch as well. I didn’t have any problem with the decision of not referencing Bond being a father, since he basically didn’t even know about that.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    edited August 2020 Posts: 12,962
    That reading challenge looks fun, and had I not allready started my own reading of the books, I would join in. Alas...

    Finished Thunderball earlier. One of Flemings better Bond books. nothing here to complain about.

    Next up: The Spy Who Loved Me
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    I like TB a lot, but I do think it is the weakest of The Blofeld Trilogy.

    That's a fair assessment. It's good, but OHMSS and YOLT are better.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    I like TB a lot, but I do think it is the weakest of The Blofeld Trilogy.

    But the best Blofeld.
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    Fleming's Blofelds are almost three different characters. Cold-fish Eastern European mastermind in TB. Snobbish mitteleuropean "aristocrat" in OHMSS. Stark raving mad German, with a girlfriend and tendency to rant, in YOLT.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Yeah I’ve always found it hard to think of them as the same character.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited August 2020 Posts: 3,735
    The Spy Who Loved Me Novelisation by Christopher Wood

    Picked this up recently on a secondhand book site. And wow! Wood emulates Fleming much better than any other Bond novelist, apart from Markham (Kingsley Amis)

    He blends the Fleming Bond with the cinematic one quite seamlessly.

    This is very different from the film (No Bond on a Camel in this) especially the first few chapters which are excellent.

    Jaws is treated as completely serious and threatening. He even gets a cool backstory, as does Stromberg.

    The latter parts are more close to the finished film (Bond and Anya have been winched down to the sub) which is where i'm up to in this so far suprisingly excellent read.
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
    edited August 2020 Posts: 979
    Always felt like TMWTGG was fairly harshly viewed in comparison to a lot of the other Fleming novels, so I just gave it a re-read. In fairness it probably is one of the weaker entries. I love the Novel Scaramanga, though.

    As much as I enjoyed Christopher Lee in the film, I can't help but feel a really hard nosed and obnoxious American villain would have felt more unique. Roy Schieder would have been a fantastic Scaramanga, had they stuck more to the source.
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    The Spy Who Loved Me Novelisation by Christopher Wood

    Picked this up recently on a secondhand book site. And wow! Wood emulates Fleming much better than any other Bond novelist, apart from Markham (Kingsley Amis)

    He blends the Fleming Bond with the cinematic one quite seamlessly.

    This is very different from the film (No Bond on a Camel in this) especially the first few chapters which are excellent.

    Jaws is treated as completely serious and threatening. He even gets a cool backstory, as does Stromberg.

    The latter parts are more close to the finished film (Bond and Anya have been winched down to the sub) which is where i'm up to in this so far suprisingly excellent read.

    I just bought TSWLM book myself few weeks ago. Havent got around to reading it yet. Looking forward to it!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,735
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The Spy Who Loved Me Novelisation by Christopher Wood

    Picked this up recently on a secondhand book site. And wow! Wood emulates Fleming much better than any other Bond novelist, apart from Markham (Kingsley Amis)

    He blends the Fleming Bond with the cinematic one quite seamlessly.

    This is very different from the film (No Bond on a Camel in this) especially the first few chapters which are excellent.

    Jaws is treated as completely serious and threatening. He even gets a cool backstory, as does Stromberg.

    The latter parts are more close to the finished film (Bond and Anya have been winched down to the sub) which is where i'm up to in this so far suprisingly excellent read.

    I just bought TSWLM book myself few weeks ago. Havent got around to reading it yet. Looking forward to it!

    Hope you enjoy it as much as i have mate.

    Needless to say this would have been a much more hard edged Bond film if it was like this book!
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Roadphill wrote: »
    Always felt like TMWTGG was fairly harshly viewed in comparison to a lot of the other Fleming novels, so I just gave it a re-read. In fairness it probably is one of the weaker entries. I love the Novel Scaramanga, though.

    As much as I enjoyed Christopher Lee in the film, I can't help but feel a really hard nosed and obnoxious American villain would have felt more unique. Roy Schieder would have been a fantastic Scaramanga, had they stuck more to the source.

    I love that casting decision @Roadphill !!
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
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    peter wrote: »
    Roadphill wrote: »
    Always felt like TMWTGG was fairly harshly viewed in comparison to a lot of the other Fleming novels, so I just gave it a re-read. In fairness it probably is one of the weaker entries. I love the Novel Scaramanga, though.

    As much as I enjoyed Christopher Lee in the film, I can't help but feel a really hard nosed and obnoxious American villain would have felt more unique. Roy Schieder would have been a fantastic Scaramanga, had they stuck more to the source.

    I love that casting decision @Roadphill !!

    Thanks @peter While I was reading Scaramanga's dialogue, I couldn't help but visualise him in my mind.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    it's a terrific choice. I've just started reading the novels again (every couple of years I read them from fist to last), and when I get to this last one, I wonder if Roy will be my Scaramanga now?

    It's funny, while reading Casino Royale, at various points I see only Lazenby at the gambling table (when he takes out his cigarette case and lighter for example), at other times I see Connery; still at other times I see Craig (especially with Mathis and Vesper); I saw Dalton once, after Bond tips his chair over, and; sometimes I see a mish-mash of Connery/Craig...

    Suffice to say it's been a fun read.
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
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    peter wrote: »
    it's a terrific choice. I've just started reading the novels again (every couple of years I read them from fist to last), and when I get to this last one, I wonder if Roy will be my Scaramanga now?

    It's funny, while reading Casino Royale, at various points I see only Lazenby at the gambling table (when he takes out his cigarette case and lighter for example), at other times I see Connery; still at other times I see Craig (especially with Mathis and Vesper); I saw Dalton once, after Bond tips his chair over, and; sometimes I see a mish-mash of Connery/Craig...

    Suffice to say it's been a fun read.

    It's strange who the mind's eye conjures up. Roger and Sean are by far my favourite Bonds, but I never see them when I read Fleming. Only ever Lazenby or Brosnan... As you mention Casino Royale, for some reason I always see Robbie Coltrane as Le Chiffre...
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    @Roadphill ... not a bad image to have of Le Chiffre. I couldn’t picture him as that since I think he gives off a genuine aura of friendliness, but I can see why your mind’s eye painted the portrait (the physical nature of the two men are certainly comparable). I can’t describe who my Le Chiffre resembles, but for some odd reason, I hear Michael Lonsdale’s voice every time Le Chiffre speaks!!
  • Posts: 2,635
    Roadphill wrote: »
    Roy Schieder would have been a fantastic Scaramanga, had they stuck more to the source.

    Mankiewicz wanted Jack Palance for the role, and I think he would have been terrific--and maybe even a bit scary.

  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Jack Palance is perfect... he would have brought suitable weird scary to it
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
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    Revelator wrote: »
    Roadphill wrote: »
    Roy Schieder would have been a fantastic Scaramanga, had they stuck more to the source.

    Mankiewicz wanted Jack Palance for the role, and I think he would have been terrific--and maybe even a bit scary.

    I did remember reading that somewhere. I think EON actually approached him, but alas he wasn't interested..
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,258
    Reading Colonel Sun. The opening chapters are fantastic, really has that Fleming feel. I have to admit the middle chapters though have been a bit dull to get through. Entering the last act of the book and hope it picks back up to a nice conclusion.

    Personally, I only enjoyed the beginning.

    I just finished Colonel Sun a couple weeks ago. I have to agree with you. The first third of the book was really solid, with the first 3-4 chapters being great. The book slowed to a crawl for me in the middle all the way until the last few chapters. It redeemed itself a bit towards the end, but was still only mildly enjoyable compared to most Fleming endings. Shame because I thought Amis really caught Fleming's style in the early part of the books.
    C+ for me overall. Enjoyable and glad I read it (first timer), but with such a banger of a premise, I thought the execution could have been much better.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    Posts: 2,907
    James Bond Origin Vol 2. It’s a shame that we aren’t getting a Vol 3. It ended on a cliffhanger.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    Posts: 10,958
    Sometimes unpublished content like that become available over time, @MaxCasino. It would be great to see that.

  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Diamonds are Forever. Boy the movie should have stuck more to the original story!
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