These forums may contain mild adult content and are not associated with EON, Sony or any other companies and do not reflect their views.
 
HomeHome  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Share | 
 

 Last Bond Novel You Read

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
Go to page : Previous  1 ... 8 ... 12, 13, 14
AuthorMessage
Hilly KCMG
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 5277
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : powerless

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:17 am

Cor, blimey mates [best Goon Show type voice], I re-read Moonraker today. Out of nowhere (I say this, for I must have 30-40 books that I've accrued over the past 3 years yet to read).

One of my favourites and I'm never entirely sure why. Perhaps here you see the routine Bond has when not out saving the world, the mundane paperwork, the bored wives of other men and then a seemingly innocent night out to Blades to see if some rich bloke's cheating at cards and Bob's your uncle, Moonraker.
In seriousness, it's Bond's pursuit of Drax late on that I find exciting. The image of Bond's be-goggled face covered in "the blood of flies and moths" as he guns the Bentley through London then Kentish roads. The murder/attempted murder of the RAF chap in his Alfa that gears Bond into "open war" against Drax.
Even the somewhat typical 1950s BBC commentary of the Moonraker launch has something to it. Moreso, the round-up with the fact 200-odd people have died. No small splash in a pond there. (The equivalent in the film might've been if one of Drax's globes hit Earth and thousands killed).

I hadn't twigged until this read that there's but three Double O's (007, 008 and 0011) plus Bond did a mission pre-war which makes me wonder. Presumably Bond was recruited right out of Cambridge and the war sort of got in the way.

But whereas I like OHMSS for action/character and Casino Royale for Bond, Moonraker I seemingly like for the minutiae, also, there's something about Bond riding to M's rescue at Blades.
Back to top Go down
FieldsMan
Chief Executive
Chief Executive
avatar

Posts : 3780
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : Piz Gloria

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:17 am

I remember enjoying MR even more than its predecessors and was my favourite until FRWL. Might be number 3 in my ranking (if there was one). I also enjoyed reading about Bond's routine life, and wish more of that made the films.
Back to top Go down
Hilly KCMG
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 5277
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : powerless

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:05 am

I think the closest you'd get to 'normalcy' for Bond's non-work hours are the glimpses of his flat in Dr No and LALD, even then he has a woman there.

I forgot to note about Drax. Love how vividly grotesque he seems to appear physically and his overblown character, especially at the end when he reveals his Nazi background. Fleming really did go to town on making his villains horrible.
Back to top Go down
FieldsMan
Chief Executive
Chief Executive
avatar

Posts : 3780
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : Piz Gloria

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:47 am

Drax's background is one of Fleming's best, in my opinion.

I'd also add Bond at the beginning of SF, when he's with the Greek girl and at the bar before he heads back to London.
Back to top Go down
CJB
Chief Executive
Chief Executive
avatar

Posts : 3628
Member Since : 2011-03-14
Location : 'Straya

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:52 pm

Only thing I never understood was the logic of having Drax and his merry band of Natzees attempt to take revenge on one of Germany's war-time enemies by coddling up to another.
Back to top Go down
Hilly KCMG
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 5277
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : powerless

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:45 am

It is befuddling, but then the Nazis and Soviets made a pact for convenience in 1939 so maybe Drax was going to stiff the Soviets in the end.

Back to top Go down
CJB
Chief Executive
Chief Executive
avatar

Posts : 3628
Member Since : 2011-03-14
Location : 'Straya

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:17 pm

Yes, I suppose that makes sense.
Back to top Go down
Hilly KCMG
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 5277
Member Since : 2010-05-13
Location : powerless

PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:49 am

Went through Octopussy & The Living Daylights then You Only Live Twice. The former I tend to prefer Octopussy mostly, the back story to Smythe, Bond coming out to lay down the law and Smythe's demise. But in Property of a Lady this time round, was tickled by the line where Bond goes into the comms department and is near the traitor -how his skin 'minutely crawled' at being this close to 'treachery'.

YOLT I remain muddled by opinion wise but it's gone up a bit in my mind, at least the start and final part (once Bond gets into the Castle of Death) have enough going. The mentions of Tracy linking it to OHMSS (I guess how DAF, the film, all but carried on without any such dwelling is somewhat jarring to how the books went about it) and so forth -the Castle is classic Fleming. Though there's something about the image of Blofeld wearing a medieval suit of armour for a start that doesn't quite form in the mind's eye and then walking arm in arm with Bunt whilst wearing it. The book seals the deal with Bond's descent into amnesia, his blood lust ("Die, Blofeld, die!").
Comment was made on the old boards and the new ones, that my DAF Lazenby story made use, much use of having "Kill Blofeld" thunder through Bond's mind the closer he gets to killing him, well I guess I'd channelled the book.

Indeed, seeing Bond's descent into what could be the end of his career early in the book is something that would've been nice to see on film -especially the scene with M where his responses prompt M to slam a fist into the table and snap 'who the hell do you think you're talking to!?'

Just feels that with OHMSS Bond had reached his nadir and YOLT/TMWTGG didn't quite add much -not enough as the canon had until then anyway.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Last Bond Novel You Read   

Back to top Go down
 
Last Bond Novel You Read
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 14 of 14Go to page : Previous  1 ... 8 ... 12, 13, 14

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Bond And Beyond :: Bond :: Literary Bond-
Jump to: