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By all means. I'm reading a British verson, Penguin Modern Classic published in 2004 (the cover is an underwater image of a shark). It is a veritable cocktail of fruity-ness. The title of chapter 5 is intact, surprisingly.
It'll say on the front cover if it's a second edition.
And will do, @Birdleson. It’s pleasingly short, so I’d imagine it won’t take me more than a week.
That’s good to hear, @Birdleson. I picked up the MR book at the same time, so I’ll be on to that one soon.
And I must admit, I do have a real soft spot for Pearson’s biography. Not so much the ‘Bond is real’ business, but as a collection of short stories I think it works surprisingly well.
I've started reading them all in order, but I'm leaving a couple of weeks, and one or two different books, in-between. That way, they don't tend to 'overlap' like they do if you read them one after another.
One thing I've noticed from the first two, (CR & LALD), is how much of a team Bond and Felix are. I see a lot of people talk about the movies and say "Bondb should be off on his own", but in the first two books at least, he's quite the team player. Well... not quite, but you know what I mean.
This is why the movies need to use Felix Leiter in action scenes more, and less of the MI6 regulars.
I was also surprised how much of LALD was used in License to Kill. Bond's raid on the fish-tank place, and of course Leiter being maimed. The keel-hauling they used in YOLT. So that must mean LALD is the book most used in the most Bond films?
Live and Let Die
You Only Live Twice
Licence to Kill
You certainly mean FYEO instead of YOLT.
Good question. I think it is the most used book with three films.
I hope not corona, unless it is the beery variety.
Only the title.
Moonraker was also used three times:
I just finished Christopher Wood’s TSWLM this afternoon. Very impressed. Better than the film, in my opinion. Grittier, more realistic action, and better characterisation of Anya in particular. Actually believed she was an elite agent in this. Would recommend.
You sure picked the wrong week to read that book!
Moonraker should wash that bad taste out. I keep meaning to start my Moonraker. I'm re-reading them all but with a few weeks (and books) break between them.
I'm really interested now to read Wood's TSWLM.
Cool, let us know what you think of it when you do, @goldenswissroyale
Any recommendations for the next short story I should check out?
Awkward... It was purely coincidental.
You picked one of the best there. My other favourite is The Living Daylights; you get to see a lot of Bond just pottering about.
Up next: Diamonds Are Forever.
Next up: From Russia With Love.
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
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.
Up next: Trigger Mortis
Why is this wrong again?