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Devil May Care has already collected a jaw-dropping amount of publicity, with even the Royal Navy helping to put the book firmly at the top of the best-seller charts (Bond is, of course, a naval commander), and few books have had such wind under their sails (the relaunch of the movie franchise with the re-make of Casino Royale and Daniel Craig's second Bond film, Quantum of Solace, is all part of the ever-accelerating momentum). Of course, this also gives the book farther to fall if it misses the mark.
Faulks' author credit on the book ('Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming') is both revealing and encouraging the author has reportedly said that he undertook the task with total seriousness, and he has tried to work within the parameters of the Ian Fleming formula (Faulks re-read all the extant Bond novels and stories) rather than the more glossy film incarnation. Among several very canny moves by the author is his decision to keep his 007 in the 1960s rather than catapulting him into the 21st century (as other ersatz Fleming novels and, of course, the films -- have done. So how successful are the results?
Fleming aficionados can relax this is a sterling job of recreation, and a novel that functions with total authority in its own right. The evocation of time and place (or places, notably Paris and the Middle East) is impeccable, as are the plotting and detail (as colourful and violent as anything in Fleming); there is a satisfyingly unpleasant larger-than-life villain, Julius Gorner, with a grotesque deformity of the kind Fleming often gave such characters (the chapter 'The monkey's hand' gives this away) and grandiose, evil ambitions. Best of all, this is Ian Fleming's James Bond not a superman -- worried about his health and his physical powers (which he fears may be on the wane). Delicious stuff in fact. Now... can Faulks be persuaded to write another such novel? --Barry Forshaw. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really enjoyed this revamping of James Bond from Ian Fleming to Sebastian Faulks.This is a good read with all the tricks and machinations that you would expect from James Bond. Read morePublished 8 days ago by bibliophile
Very well written. Exciting from start to finish. Would definitely recommend to other readers.
Five stars in every sense of the word
I have read all of Ian Flemings 007 books, so I thought i would try Sebastian Faulks try as the 007 writer, as I had read "Birdsong" by him and thought it excellently... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony Bendall
Very Fleming, well paced and good old fashioned plot. In keeping with original novels and set in early seventies, takes you back a bit!Published 4 months ago by markie
The closest yet to Flemming reborn. Superb use of description and tone sets each scene perfectly bringing the world of Bond to life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rick
I love the bond books and I have no problem with the people writing in the style, but this is not a good one. Read morePublished 7 months ago by TomTH