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PostSubject: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:00 pm

With SPECTRE being released on November 5th, 2015, I figured it's about time for a B&B Fleming novel marathon. Those interested can read a Bond novel or two per month, and post their thoughts as they progress. I'm thinking a separate thread for each month would be sufficient.

January would be a good month to start. In the meantime, those that want to participate can discuss how they'd like to tackle the collection. Based on John Griswold's chronology, I've set up this monthly reading schedule:

January 2015: CASINO ROYALE
February 2015: LIVE AND LET DIE
March 2015: MOONRAKER
April 2015: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
May 2015: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
June 2015: DR. NO
July 2015: GOLDFINGER
August 2015: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY & OCTOPUSSY/THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
September 2015: THUNDERBALL
October 2015: THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
November 2015: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
December 2015: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
January 2016: THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN


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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:09 pm

Solid idea, though why not cover December 2015? SPECTRE buzz will still be going, and it'll sort out the problem of two books per month.

Has anyone made a list of the Bond novels sorted by length?
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:12 pm

Largo's Shark wrote:
Solid idea, though why not cover December 2015? SPECTRE buzz will still be going, and it'll sort out the problem of two books per month.

Has anyone made a list of the Bond novels sorted by length?

Suppose we could just go from Jan. 2015 - Jan. 2016.

You can go to the Bond novel Wikipedia page and sort them by length:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_James_Bond_novels_and_short_stories

Casino Royale is the shortest, full novel. Goldfinger is the longest.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:17 pm

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Largo's Shark wrote:
Solid idea, though why not cover December 2015? SPECTRE buzz will still be going, and it'll sort out the problem of two books per month.

Has anyone made a list of the Bond novels sorted by length?

Suppose we could just go from Jan. 2015 - Jan. 2016.

That sounds better.

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Casino Royale is the shortest, full novel. Goldfinger is the longest.

Interesting, since Goldfinger is next to The Man with the Golden Gun as Fleming's weakest novel - though both have their share of great chapters ("Night Duty" in GF is a favourite).
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:36 pm

For the last two films I actually read the novels up to release (with the exception of TSWLM and TMWTGG the first time). I'd like to do that again for SPECTRE, but I've already planned on reading all the post-Fleming novels as I never gone through them except for COLONEL SUN. Maybe if I plow through them fast enough, I'll revisit some of the Fleming novels. They're always a joy to read.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:04 pm

I'm up for this.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:15 pm

Count me in. I return to the novels sporadically, usually when I have flu or something, but I haven't read them chronologically since I was a boy. Let's do them one a month though.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:44 am

I modified the monthly schedule. I only doubled-up on the books with short stories. OCTOPUSSY & THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS is barely 100 pages, anyway.

I'm thinking of associating this with B&B's social media, just to generate interest from non-members and maybe lure some more people to this website. It certainly wouldn't hurt, especially with SPECTRE hitting theaters in the next year.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:18 am

That's a fun idea. I always liked that our social media pages emphasized the books more often than others do, so doing a countdown would be fitting.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:27 am

We could even set up a separate account on Twitter for it. Just include the forum's links in every post, or in the profile description.

If we use hashtags like #JamesBond, #literature, #books, #IanFleming, then we're bound to have someone stumble across it.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:32 am

Plus #fascistbastard, #imperialist, #eattherich, #justsayno, #reclaimthenight and #Iamfuckingmental
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:53 am

#racist, #sexist, #gayh8r, #rapist
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:45 am

I put this together for the social media banners:
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:55 am

Control wrote:
I put this together for the social media banners:

Delicious.

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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:57 am

That's nice and contemporary, but Chris Messina's telling me it needs a hashtag.

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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:59 am

#tits

When in doubt, #tits.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:17 am

This one might work a little better. I prefer the outlines.

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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:33 am

Great. I'll put that up on bookface at the start of the year, maybe earlier just to spread awareness first.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:00 pm

I've been slowly re-reading the novels (in between non-Bond books) for a year or more now. On FYEO now, so I'll see you gents in August perhaps. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:21 am

This still happening?
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:05 am

I've started Casino Royale.

If only two people are going to participate, then I guess there's really no point in carrying on with this.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:46 am

I hope not, I'd love to read everyone's thoughts on the books.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:51 am

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I've started Casino Royale.

If only two people are going to participate, then I guess there's really no point in carrying on with this.

I'm in.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:55 am

See what I can do. I'm deep into Fatherland at the moment but will likely hit CR by midweek.
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PostSubject: Re: Fleming-a-thon 2015   Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:33 am

I can't indulge, my books are over the pond sarcasm
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