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Topic: Best 007 Novel

I have not read the books. However, want to know that if you were stuck on a desolated Island (or some place like that) which Fleming 007 novel would you prefer to have with you?

Also if you could recommend a good Fleming book whose plot has not been used in the films.

ajb007/cheers

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[89] On Her Majesty's Secret Service +1

LEFT OUT IN THE COLD:
COLD
The Spy Who Loved Me
Never Dream of Dying
Never Send Flowers
Devil May Care
Carte Blanche
Seafire
Die Another Day
Death is Forever
The Man With The Red Tattoo
The Man From Barbarossa
Brokenclaw
High Time To kill
Win, Lose or Die
Scorpius
The Facts Of Death
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World is Not Enough
Zero Minus Ten
For Special Services
License Renewed
For Your Eyes Only
Goldeneye
SOLO
The Man With The Golden Gun
Doubleshot
Licence to kill
No Deals Mr Bond
Role of Honour
Icebreaker
Nobody Lives Forever
Octopussy and the Living Daylights
Diamonds Are Forever
You Only Live Twice
Colonel Sun
Goldfinger
Dr No
Casino Royale
Live And Let Die
From Russia with Love
Moonraker
Thunderball

This is the result from our recent Best Bond Book game at #1 was OHMSS
( Then follow the list from Thunderball upwards.  ajb007/wink

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Almost all of Fleming's novels are tremendous and worth taking to a desert island.  ajb007/martini  My personal favourite is Thunderball.

My recommendation, if you haven't read them, us to start with Casino Royale and work your way through. You won't regret it.

Most of the novels' plots gave been loosely used with the exception of TSWLM, much of YOLT and some of the short stories.id also recommend Moonraker which is a cracking novel and quite different to the film.  ajb007/bond  ajb007/martini

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I'm truly shocked at how low my beloved Never Send Flowers polled.  ajb007/crap

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Start with Casino Royale, but my favorite is Live and Let Die.

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I do agree with  C&D start with CR  and work through  as they were published.
You'll then see Bond develop as a character.  ajb007/smile

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Starting from CR is a good suggestion, however I am a slow reader so don't know how long it would take to go through every book  ajb007/lol

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If you  just want to try a few, Moonraker, Goldfinger and Dr No move at quite a pace
and aren't the longest of Books.

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If I were on a desert island & could take one Bond book? Hard choice but I guess it would have to be Live & Let Die.

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I just got all the 14 books on Kindle. Hopefully, will be able to share my thoughts too

ajb007/cheers

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ajb007/cheers congratulations,  I too have them on Kindle,  so I can keep
one or two on my phone, so I can dip into them when I like or
when I've been dragged  out shopping.   ajb007/smile

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yes, convenient indeed!

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Silhouette Man wrote:

I'm truly shocked at how low my beloved Never Send Flowers polled.  ajb007/crap

I was more shocked at how well it did  ajb007/amazed

OHMSS is the best novel (for me) followed by FRWL...but read them in order  ajb007/martini

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Sir Miles wrote:
Silhouette Man wrote:

I'm truly shocked at how low my beloved Never Send Flowers polled.  ajb007/crap

I was more shocked at how well it did  ajb007/amazed

OHMSS is the best novel (for me) followed by FRWL...but read them in order  ajb007/martini

ajb007/lol

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I agree with you all: read them all in order.  However, I have always regarded OHMSS as the best of the lot, closely followed by Thunderball, From Russia With Love and Dr No.  I also rate highly Live And Let Die, Moonraker and Goldfinger...

Sod it, ALL of them.

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its really one big book, like  a trilogy in fourteen parts, whatd that be called? a double-oh-septology?

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Doctor No for me.  ajb007/martini
Most enjoyable and thrilling. The pages turn themselves!
All Fleming novels, maybe not TSWLM, are worth reading.
OHMSS and FRWL are close behind for best novel.
CR is superb as well

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-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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caractacus potts wrote:

its really one big book, like  a trilogy in fourteen parts, whatd that be called? a double-oh-septology?

Interestingly, Ian Fleming used to call his novels the "serial biography of James Bond" or his "Bond yearly sagas"!  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Thinking about it I don't think I can narrow it down to one, I would declare one & smuggle the rest. I think it's easier to leave one off the list. If I had to do without one it would definitely be TSWLM.

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Casino Royale first, the OHMSS.

I really don't like DAF or TMWTGG

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Finished reading CR   ajb007/cheers  .... now on to LALD  ajb007/martini

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http://www.ajb007.co.uk/post/787376/#p787376
If you want to post a review or your ideas on the Book, please feel free
To add your thoughts to this thread.  ajb007/smile
I myself have only recently read all the Books in published order. Before I
read them as I found them.  ajb007/biggrin  Although it really helps, in seeing Fleming
Grow as a writer and Bond mature as a character.
LALD is another great story, with some brilliantly written passages. One
Section with Bond having a moonlight swim, is really atmospheric.  ajb007/martini

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

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Thanks for the link!

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Just finished reading Live and Let Die .... Mr. Big is a fascinating villain, the blue print for the cold villains that we see in the movies. Loved reading the details on Solitaire, who is one of the mysterious BGs .... In the book, the use of Voodoo has a deeper meaning and purpose too, esp. wrt to how the Sharks and Barracudas are used to guard the Island, and ofc for instilling fear in the people to drive loyalty

While reading the book, scenes from LALD, LTK (1st half) and FYEO (Bond and Melina tied up and pulled through the water) flashed in my mind

What is interesting about Fleming's books is that they give details on the various subjects being discussed besides the plot, action, location and characters .... For e.g., this book provides additional insights various fishes (poisonous ones, Barracudas, Sharks) and sea creatures. Someone who has not read such subjects in detail could get additional information on it .... Now, I can see why someone would want to take this book to a deserted Island. Besides being interesting, it also gives tips on dealing with various matters on an Island  ajb007/lol

Next up - Moonraker  ajb007/biggrin

Last edited by am747 (23rd Nov 2015 00:10)

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You'll enjoy Moonraker.. ajb007/cheers

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