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Caught SOLO on the BBC radio player, and enjoyed  it much more
Than reading the book  ajb007/lol . I received  today a collection of  John
Gardner Bond audio books and immediately  started listening to
Licence  Renewed.  ajb007/martini

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Caught SOLO on the BBC radio player, and enjoyed  it much more
Than reading the book  ajb007/lol . I received  today a collection of  John
Gardner Bond audio books and immediately  started listening to
Licence  Renewed.  ajb007/martini

It was great wasn't it. I also enjoyed it more than the book. It really came alive on the 'Wireless' Patterson Joseph got the tone spot on.

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Just finished Licence  Renewed ( again  ajb007/lol  ) and was struck
By how many boxes Gardner ticked with his first Bond
Novel.  The larger than life villain, with dangerous henchman.
The maiden needing to be saved, the torture/interrogation
Scene, even Bond crashing his car. As well as all the favourite
Bond in M's office sequences
Now to reread one of my Favourite Gardner Bonds.....
... For Special Services.
( although technically I'm listening to it )  ajb007/wink

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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For Special Services:
This must be Gardner's " Thunderball" a huge epic  criminal
Scheme.  With some great characters, and I'd love to see
The snake cage execution  in a Bond movie.  ajb007/martini
I'm now re-reading Icebreaker. The start of Bond working
As part of a team, which sadly became a recurring  theme.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thought this might be interesting, some of the guns
J Gardner equipped  Bond with in his books.
https://youtu.be/c2mhhJN4jKc  H&K p7 from Icebreaker
https://youtu.be/0Wq5_3rkqd8 H&K vp70 from For Special Services
https://youtu.be/8us_bIciJ04  Browing 9mm from Licence Renewed
https://youtu.be/-c_0I4BjOWE  ASP 9mm which became
Bond's personal weapon.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Only noticed when re-reading Moonraker, that in Blades before the card game M orders a half
bottle of the 34 Mouton Rothschild, which is also what Scaramanga serves to Bond in the film
of TMWTGG  or at least as Bond says  " Slightly reminiscent of a 34 Mouton "

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Re-reading Goldfinger at the moment, and noticed in the early part of the story
Bond himself says ( to himself ) " Regret is unprofessional "

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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I must get back into re-reading Fleming, it's been a few years now and definitely time for me to refresh the memories.

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Barbel wrote:

I must get back into re-reading Fleming, it's been a few years now and definitely time for me to refresh the memories.

That is exactly what I was thinking a few months ago Barbel, and I've been listening to a few of the Bond novels on audiobook recently. So I listened to FRWL and DN and it felt great getting back to Fleming, and as always I was reminded of details that I'd completely forgotten, or that I had completely overlooked before. One strange detail that stood out was that I had previously thought that Miss Taro was a character invented for the film of Dr No (and this is probably because the Inside Dr No documentary actually says that) but there she was in the book, where I had totally failed to notice her before. Of course they did a lot more with her character in the film, but she wasn't an invention of the screenwriters.

I've got a few other books on the go at the moment (now including Some Kind of Hero which I received yesterday after ordering it online) but in the near future I plan to listen to the audiobooks of Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service which I have already purchased on Audible.

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I'm a big fan of audio books  as I don't know why but I
Just don't seem to have the time to sit down and  read
Anymore.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Time is certainly a factor...with that in mind I would love to have an audiobook of Some Kind of Hero, but I don't think it has been recorded (unless someone can tell me differently).

Another benefit of audiobooks is that for some reason different details sometimes stand out to me and linger in my memory when I listen to an audiobook that I might gloss over when reading off the page.