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Topic: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

As there's never before been a specific thread on the subject of Raymond Benson's three James Bond short stories before I thought that I would create one here to garner people's thoughts and opinions on them.

Just as a reminder here are the three short stories in question:

'Blast from the Past' (Playboy, January 1997)
'Midsummer Night's Doom' (Playboy, January 1999)
'Live at Five' (TV Guide, November 1999)

So far I have only read 'Live at Five' and while it was a slightly written tale I did enjoy it. I invested in the US TV Guide edition that contained the story and read it for the first time last night. I have copies of the other two short stories in the Benson Bond omnibus collections The Union Trilogy (2008) Choice of Weapons (2010). I'm planning to read the other two remaining stories soon.

I'm really curious to hear other members' opinions on these short stories. Are they worthy additions to the literary Bond canon or are they more filler than thriller?

As always, I'd really love to hear from you.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

Last edited by Silhouette Man (24th Jun 2016 15:21)

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

"Blast" gets a mention in this thread: http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/33645/raymond-benson/

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Barbel wrote:

"Blast" gets a mention in this thread: http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/33645/raymond-benson/

Thank you for that link, Barbel. Much appreciated. There's not a lot of discussion about these three Benson short stories (or, for that matter, Benson generally) for some reason.

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I haven't read any of the short stories...and Benson isn't a good writer...

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I remember how embarrassed I was to ask the libriarian for the current copy of Playboy that was kept behind the circulation desk, and within earshot of other patrons.  Though she didn't ask, I even offered up the point that I needed it for an article!

BTW, does anyone have the three Moneypenny Diaries short stories that were published in UK magazines that they could make copies of?  Thanks in advance!

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I've never heard of these stories.

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I only read one Raymond Benson effort - the mountaineering one whatever that was called - and it was not very good to say the least - I am not a fan of the continuation novels apart from the two that Christopher Wood did - he really did capture Fleming's style superbly.

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

CoolHandBond wrote:

I only read one Raymond Benson effort - the mountaineering one whatever that was called - and it was not very good to say the least - I am not a fan of the continuation novels apart from the two that Christopher Wood did - he really did capture Fleming's style superbly.

I've never been a continuation novel fan either. However I hold you opinion on the subject of books in high regard & would be grateful if you could give the the titles of the CW books. Upon your recommendation I will read them.

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

CoolHandBond wrote:

I only read one Raymond Benson effort - the mountaineering one whatever that was called - and it was not very good to say the least - I am not a fan of the continuation novels apart from the two that Christopher Wood did - he really did capture Fleming's style superbly.

How are they continuation of Fleming's books? They're novelisations of TSWLM and MR!

1.LTK  2.AVTAK  3.OP  4.FYEO  5.TND  6.LALD  7.GE  8.GF  9.TSWLM  10.SPECTRE  11.SF  12.MR 13.YOLT  14.TLD  15.CR (06)  16.TMWTGG  17.TB  18.FRWL  19.TWINE  20.OHMSS  21.DAF  22.DAD  23.QoS  24.NSNA  25.DN  26.CR (67)

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I think the term Continuing is just to give a name to the books that followed
Fleming. Although I agree with CoolHandBond that "High time to kill" by Benson
wasn't very good and that Christopher Wood did caputer the "Style" of Fleming
very well.  ajb007/smile

"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

Thanks for clarifying a fairly simple statement, TP  ajb007/martini

Stag, from memory they are called "James Bond and the Spy who Loved Me" and "James Bond and Moonraker". I'm sure someone will confirm or adjust as necessary  ajb007/smile

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

This thread may be of interest: http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/35261/tsw … pher-wood/ (and there's another link in there, too).
It's "James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me", btw.  ajb007/smile

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Thanks, Barbel, I knew someone would come to my rescue  ajb007/lol  ajb007/martini

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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On the Benson  stories,  I've only read Blast from the past. It has a very good
interrogation  scene ( used in a later novel)  but for a short story , Bond seems
to get plenty of sex.  ajb007/wink  I'm not a fan of the Benson books, I feel they are very
"Dumed  Down" Compared to what went  before.

"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I've just been enjoying a pleasant chat on FB with none other than Mr Benson himself, who has accepted my friend request.

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He chatted with you ..........and STILL accepted you as a friend ?  ajb007/amazed    ajb007/tongue  ajb007/lol  ajb007/wink

Seriously, must have been interesting. I'm no longer on FB or any social media.
( Following Higgins advice )  ajb007/wink

"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

I have to be, I get a fair amount of work through FB. And yes, he's chatting with me and I promise I won't tell him what you said  ajb007/biggrin

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ajb007/lol

"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Barbel wrote:

I've just been enjoying a pleasant chat on FB with none other than Mr Benson himself, who has accepted my friend request.

A few years ago I found his email address somewhere and asked him a question about the research behind the Guerlain cologne he had Bond use in one of his books, but he couldn't remember anything about it!  I was disappointed but really appreciated the fact that he responded so quickly...unless that was his publicist pretending to be him!  ajb007/lol

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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Barbel wrote:

I've just been enjoying a pleasant chat on FB with none other than Mr Benson himself, who has accepted my friend request.

I'm not a great fan of his Bond books but I did feel he was put under duress from Glidrose when he wrote them...

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I can attest to the fact that Raymond Benson is a really nice, decent guy who has helped me out with research a good few times. I corresponded by letter with him during 1999-2002 and since then I've been in email and FB contact with him. In fact it was Mr Benson who invited me onto Facebook back in 2008!  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Re: Your thoughts on Raymond Benson's three James Bond Short Stories?

Blast From The Past stands out the most for me since it has great action, the return of Irma Blunt and Bond gets the girl at the end.  Live at Five is an okay story but it is defiantly a filler piece since it so short in length and not much happens.  I never got a chance to read to read Midsummer Nights Doom, although reading about it online a few years ago made it seem like I was not missing much.

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can you read Raymond Benson's three James Bond short stories on line please thanks paul