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Green-Arrow
Green-Arrow
Looking for recommendations...
Sep 3 2009, 1:34 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 3 2009, 1:34 PM EDT
...from our well-read colleagues. I'm going on vacation in a week and am planning to pick up at least 2 or 3 Bond novels to read en route and poolside. To date I've read Casino Royale, From Russia With Love, Thunderball (loved them all), and Live and Let Die (not so much). Am thinking about grabbing Dr. No, OHMSS, and/or Diamonds Are Forever, but would love to hear some recommendations from those in the know. What's next on the Must List? Do you find this valuable?    

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1. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 3 2009, 2:26 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 3 2009, 2:26 PM EDT
"...from our well-read colleagues. I'm going on vacation in a week and am planning to pick up at least 2 or 3 Bond novels to read en route and poolside. To date I've read Casino Royale, From Russia With Love, Thunderball (loved them all), and Live and Let Die (not so much). Am thinking about grabbing Dr. No, OHMSS, and/or Diamonds Are Forever, but would love to hear some recommendations from those in the know. What's next on the Must List?"
Just about any one of them. I would say take along OHMSS and You Only Live Twice. Its like a story but broken into two parts.
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moore4ever
moore4ever
2. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 3 2009, 5:36 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 3 2009, 5:36 PM EDT
"Just about any one of them. I would say take along OHMSS and You Only Live Twice. Its like a story but broken into two parts."
Sorry that was me.
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Perdogg
Perdogg
3. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 5 2009, 4:25 AM EDT | Post edited: Sep 5 2009, 4:25 AM EDT
I would get ALL of them.

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beatlehead
beatlehead
4. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 5 2009, 6:16 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 5 2009, 6:16 PM EDT
"I would get ALL of them.

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He may not be on vacation that long.
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Green-Arrow
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Sep 5 2009, 7:35 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 5 2009, 7:35 PM EDT
Exactly. Nor do I feel like hauling a dozen or so paperbacks along on the trip. Just looking for 2, maybe 3. I'm sure I'll get to them all sooner or later, just looking for some prioritization here (reading them in chronological order is already out the window, since I've jumped around a lot on the first four). Do you find this valuable?    
beatlehead
beatlehead
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Sep 6 2009, 8:39 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 6 2009, 8:39 PM EDT
"Exactly. Nor do I feel like hauling a dozen or so paperbacks along on the trip. Just looking for 2, maybe 3. I'm sure I'll get to them all sooner or later, just looking for some prioritization here (reading them in chronological order is already out the window, since I've jumped around a lot on the first four)."
The films differ from the books to such a degree one could argue they're scarcely related.
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joshiorio
joshiorio
7. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 9 2009, 1:38 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 9 2009, 1:38 PM EDT
i'd go with diamonds and dr. no.

they both have classic scenes for me. there's a great scene in a mud spa in diamonds and bond's escape in dr. no might be fleming at his best. Both are interesting for comparison's sake with the movies. we've got pages for both of them
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Perdogg
Perdogg
8. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 9 2009, 4:11 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 9 2009, 4:11 PM EDT
Read Dr No and Diamond Are Forever. I am rereading them again. I have all 14 of them thanks to Borders and a generous use of their coupons. Do you find this valuable?    
Green-Arrow
Green-Arrow
9. RE: Looking for recommendations...
Sep 21 2009, 2:22 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 21 2009, 2:23 PM EDT
Thanks all for the recs. I actually plowed through half a dozen Bond novels over the week: DAF, Dr. No, OHMSS, Thunderball (which I'd read before), and the two short-story collections (FYEO and Octopussy/TLD).

I was totally blown away by Dr. No. Powerful novel, and gripping. A masterpiece that makes me want to revisit the movie immediately. Brilliant.

DAF was a bit flat, I thought (is it just me, or are Fleming's weakest novels the ones in which Bond ends up in America? So much time is spent commenting with knowing disdain on American culture -- sometimes whole chapters take the plot nowhere while Fleming -- speaking through Bond or Leiter -- explains in great detail that Americans don't know how to cook salmon).

OHMSS was quite good, I thought, and Thunderball remains a particular favorite of mine. Of the short stories, I really enjoyed "Risico" (probably because I'm such a big fan of FYEO).
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scaramanga1996
scaramanga1996
10. RE: Looking for recommendations...
May 25 2011, 4:24 AM EDT | Post edited: May 25 2011, 4:24 AM EDT
"Thanks all for the recs. I actually plowed through half a dozen Bond novels over the week: DAF, Dr. No, OHMSS, Thunderball (which I'd read before), and the two short-story collections (FYEO and Octopussy/TLD).

I was totally blown away by Dr. No. Powerful novel, and gripping. A masterpiece that makes me want to revisit the movie immediately. Brilliant.

DAF was a bit flat, I thought (is it just me, or are Fleming's weakest novels the ones in which Bond ends up in America? So much time is spent commenting with knowing disdain on American culture -- sometimes whole chapters take the plot nowhere while Fleming -- speaking through Bond or Leiter -- explains in great detail that Americans don't know how to cook salmon).

OHMSS was quite good, I thought, and Thunderball remains a particular favorite of mine. Of the short stories, I really enjoyed "Risico" (probably because I'm such a big fan of FYEO)."
I agree thunderball was a definate favourite of mine
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