Which Bond novel are you currently reading?

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    Started reading Thunderball earlier today. I'm currently reading two (non-Bond) novels too, so I'm likely to spend some time getting through this one.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited June 2020 Posts: 11,951
    Finished Diamonds Are Forever earlier. I've got to admit... I find this to be one of Fleming's weaker entires in the series. It just doesn't grab me in the way that Moonraker does.

    Next up: From Russia With Love.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Finished Diamonds Are Forever earlier. I've got to admit... I find this to be one of Fleming's weaker entires in the series. It just doesn't grab me in the way that Moonraker does.

    Next up: From Russia With Love.

    I’d say that’s pretty much the general consensus @MajorDSmythe .
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited July 2020 Posts: 11,951
    Finished off From Russia With Love today. Not really my favourite Boind book, but possibly the best plotted Bond story. It's like a steam locomotive, you can't just jump on and go, you have to stoke the boiler first. The early charpter of FRWL, are Fleming stoking the boiler, before introducing Bond and then... we're away.

    It always make me laugh to myself when Fleming tells us that Bond mistrusts men that use the windsor knot, it is the the sign of a cad. Erm... pot meet kettle.

    Up next: Dr No
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    Book Bond is not really a cad though. He's not deceitful except when his job calls for it and though he can be cold with women he never acts as caddish as movie Bond. It's very difficult to imagine Fleming's Bond in the closet scene from the film of TMWTGG.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    Revelator wrote: »
    Book Bond is not really a cad though. He's not deceitful except when his job calls for it and though he can be cold with women he never acts as caddish as movie Bond. It's very difficult to imagine Fleming's Bond in the closet scene from the film of TMWTGG.

    That's a good point actually. Still though, it's a funny thing to say for someone with Bond (Fleming's attitude towards women). Then again, maybe I am looking at this through modern eyes.
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    That's a good point actually. Still though, it's a funny thing to say for someone with Bond (Fleming's attitude towards women). Then again, maybe I am looking at this through modern eyes.

    I understand what you mean and it's hard to not look at this through modern eyes. What I would say is that the most offensive parts of the novels are in Bond's head and not in Bond's actual treatment of women, which is usually gentlemanly and often even kind.

  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    Finished Goldfinger. Along with DAF, this is one of my least favourite Bond books. I find it to be slow and plodding. Also, Fleming mis-dating the events of CR to '51 bothers me so much.

    Up next: Trigger Mortis
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Enemy of the state
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    Finished Goldfinger. Along with DAF, this is one of my least favourite Bond books. I find it to be slow and plodding. Also, Fleming mis-dating the events of CR to '51 bothers me so much.

    Why is this wrong again?
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    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
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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.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Enemy of the state
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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.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I really enjoy the entire novel. Seems to get better each time I read it.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    I read Colonel Sun only once so far and was a bit bored.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited July 2020 Posts: 11,951
    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.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Agent_47 wrote: »
    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.

    I'm rereading it now. I really enjoy it.
  • 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 Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited August 2020 Posts: 11,951
    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
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I like TB a lot, but I do think it is the weakest of The Blofeld Trilogy.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.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.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I like TB a lot, but I do think it is the weakest of The Blofeld Trilogy.

    But the best Blofeld.

    By far. One of the more frustrating decisions made by Fleming.
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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: 3,419
    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.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I read the first four Gardner Bond novels upon release, and remember almost nothing about them. Nothing good anyway. Some of the members on here recently told me that NO DEALS, MR. BOND was probably his best, so I decided ti give it a try. I'm about halfway through and I have had some trouble staying focused and finding something interesting to hang onto, but he is a decent writer, in terms of the craft, and his prose.
    Then I got to the scene where Bind fights the dogs and was absolutely riveted. Gardner really sells it, and for those few pages I was rapt.
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
    edited August 2020 Posts: 973
    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!
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