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Colonel Sun (James Bond) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Kingsley Amis , Simon Vance
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470890402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470890407
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Devil 23 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An essential for Bond fans, by a Bond fan. Kingsley Amis (1922-1995) was a British writer of darkly comic novels (Lucky Jim, The Old Devils), essays on jazz & drinking, and what he called genre fiction (eg sci-fi, spy thrillers) both as writer and critic. A Bond book fan when it wasn't fashionable for 'literary types' to be, he met Fleming, liked him and was invited to write a light hearted but thorough literary appraisal of the canon: The James Bond Dossier (1965) and a tongue in cheek companion piece, The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007 by "Lt.Col Bill Tanner"!

When Fleming died, it was natural that Amis was asked to ghost edit the complete but rough manuscript of The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) and then write its follow up, Colonel Sun (1968). [The gap was bridged by the final collection of short stories Octopussy (1966) and an attempted children's spin off, The Adventures of James Bond Junior: Double-O Three and a Half by "RD Mascott" (1967)- weird but surprisingly good!].

Score: 9/10. It's autumn 1965, six months after 007's duel with Scaramanga, and a recently healed Bond is worried he's in a rut. Then a casual visit to the home of his convalescing chief ends with a drugged Bond running for his life and M kidnapped. With the only clue an obvious trap, 007 has no choice but to head for Athens and an assignation with Ariadne: a beautiful communist agent working for Russia. However as the gunfire and double crosses begin beneath the Acropolis, a sadistic Chinese spymaster waits on an obscure Greek island plotting the downfall of both sides.

I'll admit frankly that it's one of my favourite Bond novels by anyone, perfectly judging tone and content.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising Sun 23 April 2009
Robert Markham was actually Kingsley Amis, of course. A good attempt at Fleming, by someone who knew him well, and more importantly (Sebastian Faulks take note) someone who understood that the whole Bond Phenomenon was as much a wind-up as anything else. It's as good as a decent Fleming book, better than TMWTGG. It does have some weird 1960s sensibilities in it though - a reference to a cigarette having "life-giving smoke", and the suggestion that a dislike for tobacco is a sign of Psychosis! But then, the series is meant to be dryly funny, after all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Jimmy Bond 27 July 2008
A very polished continuation of the James Bond series, which is better than the worst of Fleming's offerings, but does not quite live up to the best. In some ways it is rather too good and lacks the cheesy charm of the real stuff, which is absolutely essential for the full Bond experience. Amis lacks that vague homo-erotic admiration of his hero, that is always apparent when Fleming describes James Bond between action sequences. Amis's aphorisms and humour (there is one very good joke) are rather too good, as well. The girl is rather too psychologically complicated for a Bond girl. But the main villain is very good - the torture scene excellent. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Colonel Sun is the first James Bond novel written by someone other than Ian Fleming, and Kingsley Amis, writing under the pseudonym of Robert Markham, does a good job of it, though it is noticeably different.

The character of Bond is almost spot on. He's highly opinionated, has the right manner and knows the right things, but has taken up quite a lot more introspection.

The plot, which involves Bond's attempts to rescue a kidnapped M, is well constructed, and much more complex than any that Fleming composed. The guest characters are richly described and more realistic and deep than some of Bond's earlier adversaries. The violence is real and just as graphic as Fleming could have described.

This is probably the best of all the 'continuation' Bond novels, and I'm surprised there weren't more written in a similar vein. Once you've read the originals then this is defiantly a must-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as Ian Fleming 10 July 2010
There have been many poor imitators who wrote various James Bond books after Fleming. The only one who did a good job was Kingsley Amis (writing this book under the name of Robert Markham). He ought to know his stuff, having written "The James Bond Dossier" and probably most of "The Man With The Golden Gun".
"Colonel Sun" is comparable to Fleming's books and probably better than some of his. It has an original story except that Colonel Sun has elements of Dr No and perhaps Le Chiffre and his carpet beater. There is probably more sadism and bloodshed in this book than in most of the other Bond books. Still, if you like the original Bond books you should like this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 28 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
For any James Bond book fan, this is a must read.

I only discovered this book after reading about it in the Sunday Times, but it is definitely a hidden gem.

007 goes on a mission to Greece to stop the evil Colonel Sun after M is kidnapped. A thrilling adventure that will have you gripped to the end.

Definitely recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 27 July 2013
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Not too bad another one that's a quick read save the world, kill the baddies and get the girl well sort of
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