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Die Another Day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Bond is back

    Bond takes out some North Korean arms dealers and is taken prisoner for his efforts. After several months of negotation he is freed in exchange for another prisoner. We are expected to believe that they broke Bond and that he was giving away too many of Her Majesty's secrets. Bond is isolated and his License to kill taken away. Bond fakes his death so that he can escape and clear his name. In no time at all, Bond is stirring up trouble in the usual 007 manner. M decides that 007 has found a use for himself 'outside' of the MI6 and Q gives him the usual assortment of gadgets. In short order Bond has the bad guys on the ropes and the women, well, succumbingto his charm, especially Jinx the CIA agent. Die anothe day is Bond, through and through, action from cover to cover. Having read several of Benson's earlier treatments of Bond on his own, this was a treat to see how he adapted the film to the book. Benson is spectacular at weaving storylines for his 007 books, too bad he will no longer be doing them. I think that the Benson books are a far cry better than the Gartner portrayals of our favorite spy. I just hope that we find someone to fill Mr. Benson's shoes. The drawback for the movie adaptions is that they often place unrealistic stunts in the movies and the authors are forced to cope with these. Overall the book was great, wish they had left out some of those hard to believe stunts and let Benson make the stories a little more believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Not Fleming But Not Bad

    I guess its unfair to judge these books by the originals but having recently reread From Russia With Love its hard not to. The author certainly strives for the tone and manner but comes up short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    A winning combination!

    Die Another Day is the best James Bond movie in many years and Raymond Benson is the best of the post-Fleming authors, so the combination here is a winning one! I typically don¿t read movie novelizations, but I found this book fast-paced and exciting, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Benson added an entire sequence set in Seoul, Korea that wasn¿t in the film (this alone should make it a must read for hardcore Die Another Day fans). Benson also includes several winks and nods to past Bond films¿¿such as mentioning San Monique, the fictional Caribbean Island from Live & Let Die¿¿that don¿t appear in the film. Much has been said about the fantastic sci-fi nature of this film (it¿s about time we had a BIG Bond again), and here Benson makes it all believable. Yes, you really can have an invisible car! He also gives us a quick biography of 007 during what in the film is the title sequence. These clever additions make this a very enjoyable novelization of a very good Bond film. However, if reading 007 adventures is your thing, in addition to this book I¿d recommend buying one of Benson¿s excellent six original James Bond books¿¿maybe starting with his two most cinematic and action packed, HIGH TIME TO KILL or THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO. As good as Die Another Day is, I find these books far superior to anything that Hollywood screenwriters can dream up.

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