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Post by Mbast1 on Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:55 pm

Is anyone else a fan of James Bond? I wane in interest, of course, but I'm finding Spectre revived my interest. Weird, considering I was disappointed.
All that said, I just listened to the audiobook for Casino Royale and really liked it. The voice actor did a great job, but the story was better told than I'd feared. I read Man with the Golden Gun years ago and thought it was poorly written.
Any thoughts/recommendations on books that are particularly interesting? I've skipped around, read License Renewed and a few other Gardner books, no Raymond Benson. Some comics.
I really like Never Say Never Again, too. That might tell you how weird I am about it.
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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:22 am

I've always liked the movies, at least until the most recent ones, but having read several of the books, I wasn't impressed with them; Fleming is not a particularly good writer, his plots are fine but his style is turgid, and his version of Bond is deeply unlikeable. "My" Bond, really, is the one I was most invested in as a child, Roger Moore! Bond needs a bit of humour for his character to work, I think, something to offset his ruthlessness, and Moore captured that perfectly.
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Post by Mbast1 on Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:09 pm

tony ingram wrote:but having read several of the books, I wasn't impressed with them; Fleming is not a particularly good writer, his plots are fine but his style is turgid

I agree about his writing. I just don't think it works at all.


tony ingram wrote:"My" Bond, really, is the one I was most invested in as a child, Roger Moore! Bond needs a bit of humour for his character to work, I think, something to offset his ruthlessness, and Moore captured that perfectly.

I don't know, I can see what you're saying. I loved Moore as a kid, he WAS Bond for me then, but as an adult I don't like his movies. His version of Bond seems a bit goofy. I like the harder edged version, it makes more sense given the stakes.
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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:41 pm

Mbast1 wrote:
tony ingram wrote:but having read several of the books, I wasn't impressed with them; Fleming is not a particularly good writer, his plots are fine but his style is turgid

I agree about his writing. I just don't think it works at all.


tony ingram wrote:"My" Bond, really, is the one I was most invested in as a child, Roger Moore! Bond needs a bit of humour for his character to work, I think, something to offset his ruthlessness, and Moore captured that perfectly.

I don't know, I can see what you're saying. I loved Moore as a kid, he WAS Bond for me then, but as an adult I don't like his movies. His version of Bond seems a bit goofy. I like the harder edged version, it makes more sense given the stakes.
Yes, it makes more sense! But...it's dull!!!
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Post by Mbast1 on Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:21 am

I don't find it dull, but my tastes are notoriously odd.
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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:47 am

Mbast1 wrote:I don't find it dull, but my tastes are notoriously odd.
I'm just not really an action hero kind of person.
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Post by Mbast1 on Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:33 pm

tony ingram wrote:I'm just not really an action hero kind of person.

I definitely can be. Grew up reading a lot of "men's adventure" fiction, along with comics.
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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:29 am

Mbast1 wrote:
tony ingram wrote:I'm just not really an action hero kind of person.

I definitely can be. Grew up reading a lot of "men's adventure" fiction, along with comics.
I was always more one for SF and fantasy. I remember trying to read Biggles as a kid and thinking how much it would be improved by the addition of a time warp and some aliens.


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Post by Mbast1 on Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:23 pm

tony ingram wrote:and thinking how much it would be improved by the addition of a time warp and some aliens.

Well, sure, but that's true of ANYthing!
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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:27 pm

Mbast1 wrote:
tony ingram wrote:and thinking how much it would be improved by the addition of a time warp and some aliens.

Well, sure, but that's true of ANYthing!
"What's that, Lassie? There are strange creatures stalking out of a glowing portal on Old Man Jackson's top field? And they're vivisecting Timmy!!!?"
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Post by Mbast1 on Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:10 pm

tony ingram wrote:"What's that, Lassie? There are strange creatures stalking out of a glowing portal on Old Man Jackson's top field? And they're vivisecting Timmy!!!?"

I have never had the slightest interest in watching Lassie. THAT, though, I'd binge-watch all the way through!
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