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About the Author
Raymond Benson is the author of The Facts of Death, Zero Minus Ten, High Time to Kill and the novelizations of Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. He is a director of The Ian Fleming Foundation. Benson lives and works in the Chicago area.
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Before the live bn.com chat, Raymond Benson agreed to answer some of our questions.Q: Can you remember a specific writer or voice that inspired you to write?
A: Well, Ian Fleming, obviously. He's always been my favorite. I consider his novels to be classics. As far as other novelists go, I'm a big fan of Ruth Rendell, Richard Adams, Kingsley Amis, J. D. Salinger, Ed McBain, Stephen King, John Grisham, and Larry McMurtry.
Q: Have you given a book as a gift recently? Which one?
A: My own! To friends, family, et cetera.
Q: What is your favorite James Bond line? Your favorite contraption?
A: I prefer passages from the novels rather than one-liners from the films. There were some brilliant passages in the Fleming books...such as the entire centipede sequence in Dr. No, Bond's musings on relationships in Casino Royale, or the sequence in the sunken Vulcan in Thunderball. My favorite device in the films would have to be the Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger."
Q: If you could describe James Bond with one word, what would it be?
Q: Do you have anything in common with James Bond?
A: Only a love of the opposite sex. The dangerous stuff he can have.
Q: What are your favorite James Bond books? Movies?
A: Books: From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Dr. No, Thunderball. Films: "From Russia with Love," "Dr. No," "Goldfinger," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "Thunderball."
Q: Is writing books similar to composing music?
A: Not for me. Composing music for me comes from an emotional center somewhere inside that hurts if I don't sit down and let it out at the piano. Writing is a different kind of hurt, but it's more cerebral and painstaking in the process of actually doing it.
Q: What composing have you done?
A: I've done a lot of personal compositions: new-agey solo piano pieces, some music for computer games, a lot of theater music -- usually collaborating with a playwright by putting music to his lyrics. I appear as a solo act on an Italian import CD called "Giant for a Life: A Tribute to Gentle Giant," which is a tribute to a '70s progressive rock band.
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I don't understand why they don't make movies out of the newer Bond books. They're already modernized, they wouldn't have to work so hard to translate a cold war era story to the present day. Plus they have cool names! Raymond Benson's James Bond is prepackaged and ready to go. Sure, he cut his cigarette intake from sixty-a-day down to twenty, but this is still the hard-nosed, grizzled, risk-taking spy I have come to love from the original Fleming novels. This story takes place during the handover of Hong Kong back to China in 1997. A neat setting which lends itself to some classy espionage and a clever twist on the gambling sub plot which pervade many a Bond movie. In order to keep some kind of continuity with the films, M is now female and seems to behave pretty much identically to her big screen counterpart played by Judy Dench. Bond still has black hair (this is before Craig) but has a harder edge much like the original Fleming character. There are even some nice references to the original Casino Royale which I found really tied everything together. I don't see any reason for Fleming purists to avoid this new story. I enjoyed this one a great deal and look forward to more Bond adventures by Benson.
This book has everything you would exspect from any Bond movie or book. The villian pulled his way up to #2 Bond villians of all time (next to Alec Trevelyan) in my book. I strongly think EON should make a movie of this novel. This book interested me in reading more books by Raymond Benson. Benson, keep up the excellent work.
Great outing by a new author of 007! Bond is up to his neck in trouble! Great adventures! Teriffic villans! and yes even pretty girls! Fantastic from start to the shattering climax.
I really was enthralled after I read this incredible thriller!! Very ingenious! Great fun and what an ending! ***** Great! A masterpiece!
Having been to HK myself, I took personal interest in this Bond adventure. It was more thoroughly researched than I expected for a novel of this size. Yet it was still very fast-paced and exciting. It was a great first installment in a new series and sets a high standard for the rest to reach up to.