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PostSubject: Rank the James Bond books   Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:16 am

I'll rank only the ones I've read in preference order.

Casino Royale
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
Dr. No
The Spy Who Loved Me
Goldfinger
Carte Blanche
Live & Let Die
For Your Eyes Only
Thunderball
Octopussy
The World Is Not Enough
The Man With The Golden Gun
Moonraker
Diamonds Are Forever
Tomorrow Never Dies
Die Another Day
Licence To Kill
The Spy Who Loved Me (Wood)
Moonraker (Wood)


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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:27 am

Haven't done a Fleming ranking in years!

1. From Russia with Love
2. Casino Royale
3. Dr. No
4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
5. Moonraker
6. You Only Live Twice
7. Thunderball
8. Live and Let Die
9. Goldfinger
10. For Your Eyes Only
11. Octopussy
12. The Man with the Golden Gun
13. Diamonds are Forever

Haven't read The Spy Who Loved Me. And from the other authors:

1. Colonel Sun
2. Zero Minus Ten
3. Carte Blanche
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:40 pm

GeneralGogol wrote:
Haven't read The Spy Who Loved Me.

It doesn't remotly feel like a Bond book. A good book, but not Bond's.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:16 am

IF:
Goldfinger
FRWL
LALD
OHMSS
DN
CR
Moonraker
TB
DAF
FYEO
YOLT
TSWLM
TMWTGG
Octopussy/TLD

Gardner:
For Special Services
Licence Renewed
Nobody Lives Forever
Role of Honor
Icebreaker
Death is Forever
No Deals, Mr. Bond
Scorpius
Win, Lose or Die
Brokenclaw
The Man From Barbarossa
Seafire
Never Send Flowers
Coldfall

Benson:
Facts of Death
High Time to Kill
Never Dream of Dying
Zero Minus Ten
Doubleshot
Man With the Red Tattoo

Devil May Care and Colonel Sun slot in somewhere in the midst of the Gardners. I enjoy Benson far more than Gardner now, though I've always liked the early 80's novels. No Deals onwards they get just plain bad, save Death is Forever.

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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:43 am

MR
FRWL
OHMSS
YOLT (I like reading about broken Bond)
TB
GF
OP (for TLD story)
DN
CR (for the nature of evil stuff, otherwise lower)
DAF
FYEO
L&LD
GOLDEN GUN (is it even really Fleming?)


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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:42 pm

Just finished TSWLM and onto OHMSS, but:

1. From Russia With Love
2. Moonraker
3. Casino Royale
4. Doctor No
5. Diamonds Are Forever
6. For Your Eyes Only
7. Thunderball
8. Goldfinger
9. The Spy Who Loved Me
10. Live and Let Die
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:47 pm

I've been going through the audiobooks that Lucy Fleming produced this time. Currently listening to FYEO, so this is how I'd rank em in this year's run.

1. Casino Royale
2. Moonraker
3. From Russia with Love
4. Dr. No
5. Goldfinger
6. Live and Let Die
7. Diamonds Are Forever
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:19 am

I can't formally rank them from 1-14, but I can say that my favorite Flemings are his first four (CR, LALD, MR & DAF) and his last three (OHMSS, YOLT & TMWTGG).

With Gardner it's his odd-numbered ones from the first six (LR, IB & NLF) and the next three in a row (S, WLoD & BC).

Benson: ZMT & HTTK).
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:47 pm

Been a while since I read some, but:

1. From Russia With Love
2. You Only Live Twice
3. Moonraker
4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
5. Casino Royale
6. Dr. No
7. Goldfinger
8. Thunderball
9. Diamonds Are Forever
10. Live and Let Die
11. The Spy Who Loved Me
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:39 am

While I have read the odd one since I con only recall going through the lot some time in the later 70's, yes I am that old....The only non Fleming Books I have read are the two Christopher Wood movie novels TSWLM and MR and the 'not quite right' Col. Sun.

My top 5 probably
1. Moonraker
2. Casino Royale
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
4. From Russia with Love
5. Goldfinger.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:47 am

My rankings on the Fleming novels:
1. You Only Live Twice
2. Live and Let Die
3. Casino Royale
4. Doctor No
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
6. From Russia, With Love
7. Diamonds Are Forever
8. The Man With the Golden Gun
9. Thunderball
10. Moonraker
11. Goldfinger
12. The Spy Who Loved Me

Hard to rank where the short story collections would go due to the varied quality of the stories so here's my rankings of the short stories by themselves:
1. For Your Eyes Only
2. Risico
3. The Living Daylights
4. The Hildebrande Rarity
5. Octopussy
6. From A View to a Kill
7. Property of a Lady
8. Quantum of Solace
9. 007 in New York
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:06 pm

Glad to see YOLT in the first spot. Was such a page turner IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:43 am

1.) YOLT
2.) LALD
3.) TB
4.) OHMSS
5.) CR
6.) DN
7.) GF
8.) MR
9.) DAF
10.) TMWTGG
11.) TSWLM
12.) FRWL

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1.) TLD
2.) R
3.) OP
4.) HR
5.) FYEO
6.) POAL
7.) 007INY
8.) QOS
9.) FAVTAK
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:45 pm

I'd have to say my old ranks are pretty much the same, save for High Time To Kill now is my Benson no.1 probably. I should do a ranking of all the continuations after I do another readthrough.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:08 pm

1. CR
2. DN
3. FRWL
4. MR
5. OHMSS
6. LALD
7. TB
8. YOLT
9. GF
10. TSWLM
11. DAF
12. TMWTGG

I find the novels trickier to rank than the films because, in my view, the quality remains reasonably consistent barring the unfinished final novel.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:30 pm

Agreed. 

1. FRWL
2. YOLT
3. MR 
4. CR
5. DN
6. GF
7. OHMSS 
8. DAF
9. LALD
10. TB
11. TWMTGG
12. TSWLM

1 and 2 are interchangeable, as are 11 and 12.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:13 am

CJB wrote:
I find the novels trickier to rank than the films because, in my view, the quality remains reasonably consistent barring the unfinished final novel.

Yes, that's true. And I love all of them.

I only dislike the lack of suspense in FRWL. We are told at the beginning what will happen and then it does happen. It strikes me as unusual for a Bond novel. Well, except for the ending, which was a bit....surprising...."Has Bond just kicked the bucket?" That's when you re-read it and go for the affirmative.
Well, then that gypsy women fight is a bit too much for my taste and I so hate it that Bond has Kerim killed by his stupidity and vanity.
That's Bond at his worst, considering his ability to judge his surroundings. But Fleming wanted to get rid of him because he felt disenchanted with him; so it is probably not surprising.
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PostSubject: Re: Rank the James Bond books   Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:36 am

Casino Royale and Moonraker are head and sholders above the rest.

FWIW, the recent bullshit about the Presidents Club reminded me of Blades in Moonraker.
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