Quick Big Mi6 Fleming Novel Ranking

GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
edited June 2022 in Trivia & Games Posts: 6,775
Let’s take a slight detour into the literary world of Bond before we get back to more cinematic-inspired fun.

Provided enough members participate, I’d like to collect your Fleming novel rankings, put them all together in one big ranking and reveal them one by one, starting at the bottom.

I’ve considered excluding the short story collections, but since we include non-EON’s for the films, I want to include FYEO and OP&TLD for this one too.

The candidates are:

Casino Royale
Live and Let Die
Moonraker
Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia, with Love
Dr. No
Goldfinger
For Your Eyes Only
Thunderball
The Spy Who Loved Me
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
The Man with the Golden Gun
Octopussy and The Living Daylights

No surprises there ;)

Please PM me your rankings and I’ll put them all together in one big ranking.

PS I’ve accidentally put this one in the wrong section, and I don’t seem to find a way to correct that, so if a mod can take the necessary steps that’d be much appreciated :)
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  • Posts: 2,400
    14: The Spy Who Loved Me
    13: Live and Let Die
    12: For Your Eyes Only
    11: The Man with the Golden Gun
    10: Dr. No
    9: Goldfinger
    8: Octopussy and The Living Daylights
    7: Diamonds Are Forever
    6: Thunderball
    5: You Only Live Twice
    4: Casino Royale
    3: From Russia, with Love
    2: Moonraker
    1: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 40,443
    Moved it for you, @GoldenGun.

    This'll sadly be the first one I don't participate in, haven't read them in a few years now so I couldn't begin to make a proper ranking. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out, though!
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited June 2022 Posts: 2,161
    Sent! I consider my Top Nine to be upper tier. The next couple not so much of a drop off. I do love them all, though.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited June 2022 Posts: 3,389
    Here's mine, as I've read all of them:
    I will rank these novels based on:
    * Plot
    * Characters
    * Writing
    * Enjoyment
    * Re-readable value
    * Dialogues

    So here's my rankings:
    1. Moonraker
    2. Casino Royale
    3. From Russia With Love
    4. Thunderball
    5. You Only Live Twice
    6. Dr. No
    7. Goldfinger
    8. Diamonds Are Forever
    9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    10. Live And Let Die
    11. The Spy Who Loved Me
    12. The Man With The Golden Gun
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
    Posts: 6,775
    Thanks @Creasy47 ! If you change your mind, you’re always welcome to join of course.

    @StirredNotShaken @MI6HQ Could you please PM your rankings as well? It’s easier to count them when I can find them all in the same place :)
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited June 2022 Posts: 3,389
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Thanks @Creasy47 ! If you change your mind, you’re always welcome to join of course.

    @StirredNotShaken @MI6HQ Could you please PM your rankings as well? It’s easier to count them when I can find them all in the same place :)

    What is PM? And how to do it?
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
    Posts: 6,775
    MI6HQ wrote: »
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Thanks @Creasy47 ! If you change your mind, you’re always welcome to join of course.

    @StirredNotShaken @MI6HQ Could you please PM your rankings as well? It’s easier to count them when I can find them all in the same place :)

    What is PM? And how to do it?

    I’ll send you one and you can reply with your rankings :)
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    Posts: 3,389
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    MI6HQ wrote: »
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Thanks @Creasy47 ! If you change your mind, you’re always welcome to join of course.

    @StirredNotShaken @MI6HQ Could you please PM your rankings as well? It’s easier to count them when I can find them all in the same place :)

    What is PM? And how to do it?

    I’ll send you one and you can reply with your rankings :)

    Thank you.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 4,384
    I sent my ranking.
  • Sent mine too.
  • Sent mine as well!
  • Posts: 928
    Just sent mine. Can't wait for the results!
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited June 2022 Posts: 2,161
    I think I can predict #1 (I bet owe all can). I can most likely guess the next four in some order, but not exactly.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 23,523
    I sent mine too. I love all those books so every book that doesn't end up in the number 1 spot will move me to tears. 😉
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    Posts: 3,389
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I think I can predict #1 (I bet owe all can). I can most likely guess the next four in some order, but not exactly.

    Me too, it's probably the number one because it's really different from the film.

  • Posts: 12,248
    1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    2. Dr. No
    3. Moonraker
    4. You Only Live Twice
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me
    6. Live and Let Die
    7. From Russia with Love
    8. Casino Royale
    9. Thunderball
    10. Goldfinger
    11. The Man with the Golden Gun
    12. Diamonds Are Forever

    A bit unorthodox, but my honest list. Many placements super close.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    Posts: 3,389
    FoxRox wrote: »
    1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    2. Dr. No
    3. Moonraker
    4. You Only Live Twice
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me
    6. Live and Let Die
    7. From Russia with Love
    8. Casino Royale
    9. Thunderball
    10. Goldfinger
    11. The Man with the Golden Gun
    12. Diamonds Are Forever

    A bit unorthodox, but my honest list. Many placements super close.

    @FoxRox have you sent it to @GoldenGun via PM?
  • Posts: 12,248
    I’ll do that now, thanks for reminding me!
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 4,384
    It would be more fun when we wouldn't see half of the rankings already...
  • Posts: 12,248
    It would be more fun when we wouldn't see half of the rankings already...

    Sorry to have spoiled your fun over my individual ranking.
  • Posts: 6,796
    @GoldenGun, do we have a deadline? Wont get to do mine until the weekend!!🙄
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
    Posts: 6,775
    @Mathis1 Shall we say next Friday? That should give everyone plenty of time to submit :)
  • Posts: 6,796
    Cool @GoldenGun, wiil have it in by then!
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited June 2022 Posts: 3,389
    @GoldenGun after this, just a suggestion, that It's interesting if we also have a Bond Poster ranking game similar to how we've ranked the Title Sequences.
  • Posts: 1,001
    I started a re-read in 2020, but still have three left to re-read. Would an eleven book ranking be any use?
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
    Posts: 6,775
    Thanks for the suggestion @MI6HQ !

    @ColonelAdamski I’m afraid it will be too difficult to compose a general ranking if some entries appear one time less than the others. It’s for that reason that I’m always stalking the participants to include CR67 and NSNA in the other games :))

    Anyway, you can always add the ones you haven’t reread where you think you’d rank them…
  • Posts: 6,796
    Just sent my ranking, much harder to do than the films!
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
    Posts: 2,426
    Popped my ranking through! Only read the novels once so like the films there will no doubt be shuffling around to come in the years ahead.
  • Mathis1 wrote: »
    Just sent my ranking, much harder to do than the films!

    It really is. I guess because the books are closer in quality to one another and, because Fleming wrote them all, they are more tonally and creatively consistent, but still there are enough differences between them you’d think it wouldn’t be quite so hard.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited June 2022 Posts: 3,389
    Hey, what's the update on this? :-h
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