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Old 18-08-2010, 17:08   #21
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Tesco is well worth having a look in should anyone be after the Bond books

I got a box set of ALL the Flemming books for around £15 (this was at the time of the cinema release of QoS) however often see the same set knocking around various branches for a tenner

Im up to From Russia with Love - they tend to be the books I take in to work to read when its very quiet on nights. They have all been good reads so far
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Old 07-09-2010, 17:45   #22
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I have just finished Casino Royale. Was interesting to compare it with the film (the remake, not the travesty starring David Niven).

I think it (the film) followed the book closer than I thought it would.

Am moving onto Live and Let Die now.
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Old 20-09-2010, 12:32   #23
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Am moving onto Live and Let Die now.
What did you make of it? I am reading through it now. Certain passages are outrageously racist, don't you think?
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It's fair to say Fleming might not have been especially enlightened at this time perhaps. It was a tricky book to read on the tube.
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What did you make of it? I am reading through it now. Certain passages are outrageously racist, don't you think?
Just finished this now. A bit racist in some parts perhaps. Didn't think they were particularly outrageous though. But, I did take into account the time it was written so maybe that made it less shocking?

I did enjoy it though, was interesting to compare it with what I already know of the story from the film. Also seeing parts of the book used in later films in the franchise.

On the lookout for Moonraker now. Time to hit the charity shops and the second hand book stores!
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Moonraker is *awesome*. One of the best, I think, of the ones I've read so far. (up to Thunderball)

I found the last one I need for the collection on the weekend. I love the old fashioned covers.
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Moonraker is a better novel than Live and Let Die in my opinion - and ridiculously readable. I read it in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Moonraker is fabulous and unique in being set in England and Sir Hugo Drax is arguably Fleming's finest villain. But my favourite novel is You Only Live Twice, an incredible exercise in zen-sadism that worships pain and is quite unlike the film.

By the way, apropos the comments above on the racism in Live and Let Die, Anthony Burgess once wrote a fine essay on Fleming and described the Bond books as 'historical novels,' meaning they are of their time and we should read them as we might read a novel written 100, 200 years ago.

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They should have looked at the TinTin books like that too.
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By the way, apropos the comments above on the racism in Live and Let Die, Anthony Burgess once wrote a fine essay on Fleming and described the Bond books as 'historical novels,' meaning they are of their time and we should read them as we might read a novel written 100, 200 years ago.
Precisely, Bond is practically a historical character now.
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I went to an antiques fair today and picked up Moonraker, Goldfinger and Dr No (all 3 for a fiver). So I can continue reading them in order for a while!
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Moonraker is fabulous and unique in being set in England and Sir Hugo Drax is arguably Fleming's finest villain
Agreed! Moonraker is my favourite so far. A great read. Just finished Goldfinger now and what has surprised me so far is how many of the Bond stories are vastly different from the films. I expected some differences but, I think if they have followed the books more accurately they would have been so much better than what they made.
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I would like to see a film version of The Spy Who Loved Me, the novel, directed by Quentin Tarantino. It will never happen but I think it would be superb.
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I would like to see a film version of The Spy Who Loved Me, the novel, directed by Quentin Tarantino. It will never happen but I think it would be superb.
Is that the one where the first half of the book is just the woman's life story and Bond's hardly in it?

The books are generally good stories from what I remember, though The Man with the Golden Gun is a bit lacking.
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Is that the one where the first half of the book is just the woman's life story and Bond's hardly in it?

The books are generally good stories from what I remember, though The Man with the Golden Gun is a bit lacking.
That's the one. In my head, it would be a 3 hour long film entirely set in one location with some flashbacks - like the bit in the bar in Inglorious Basterds streeetched out with loads and LOADS of dialogue.

I can't see MGM/Sony/Whoever being keen.

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That's the one. In my head, it would be a 3 hour long film entirely set in one location with some flashbacks - like the bit in the bar in Inglorious Basterds streeetched out with loads and LOADS of dialogue.

I can't see MGM/Sony/Whoever being keen.
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Due to the reactions by critics and fans, Fleming was not happy with the book and consequently only gave permission for the title to be used when he sold the film rights to Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spy...oved_Me_(novel)

So maybe not just about the studios...
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I don't think many audiences would like it either, tbh. It is the oddest of the books, I think, more suited to short story rather than a full novel.
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Reminds me I ordered Casino Royale (the book) by mistake when I meant to order the film. 'Thriller' type books don't appeal much to me (I prefer some weighty 'themes' and ****), but maybe I should give it a go, seeing as I'm trying to step up my reading. I'm quite intrigued by the non-pc stuff and enjoyed the passage quoted earlier.
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Reminds me I ordered Casino Royale (the book) by mistake when I meant to order the film. 'Thriller' type books don't appeal much to me (I prefer some weighty 'themes' and ****), but maybe I should give it a go, seeing as I'm trying to step up my reading. I'm quite intrigued by the non-pc stuff and enjoyed the passage quoted earlier.
The recent film is an almost entirely faithful take on the book, excepting the opening section in the US.
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I don't think many audiences would like it either, tbh. It is the oddest of the books, I think, more suited to short story rather than a full novel.
It's like the episode from a Doctor Who season where the Doctor and the SFX can't be in it much for cost reasons or whatever.

I guess it's the sort of thing they could put out very quickly at a time like now when they haven't had a Bond film for a while and want to keep the pot boiling. Craig could film his parts in a couple of days and the film crew could be entirely separate otherwise.
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