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Die Another Day [Paperback]

Raymond Benson
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7 Nov 2002
James Bond is back…in the exciting new adventure Die Another Day, based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Beginning in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, continuing via Hong Kong, Cuba and London, Bond races against time to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic consequence.

Die Another Day, produced by Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli and starring Pierce Brosnan, will be released in November.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; reprint edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340826029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340826027
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Welcome back, Mr Bond. We’ve been waiting for you . . . Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises.’ (Independent on Sunday)

‘Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism . . addicts of the genre will love it.’ (The Times)

"Will have Bond fans cheering." (Publishers Weekly (Doubleshot))

‘Bond is back in hugely entertaining style’ (Manchester Evening News on Zero Minus Ten 1997-04-04)

‘Bond is back…and there are enough guns, girls, boats and bombs to keep any 007 fan happy’ (Daily Mail on Zero Minus Ten 1998-03-13)

About the Author

Raymond Benson has now written several James Bond novels, all Coronet paperbacks. He is also the author of The James Bond Bedside Companion, which was shortlisted for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biographical/critical work and is considered by 007 fans to be the definitive book on the world of James Bond. He is a director of the Ian Fleming Foundation and served as vice-president of the American James Bond 007 Fan Club for several years. Mr Benson is married, has one son and lives in the Chicago area.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Cheese 30 Dec 2003
By anon
Format:Paperback
Unlike almost every other Bond Film made, this one has been made specifically with the Bond Fan Club in mind. Or so it would appear. Full of in- jokes, references to previous Bond films and gadgets, together with even more subtle references to the life and works of Ian Fleming, the plot is typically implausible, and the means by which JB overcomes the baddie and ends up with the girl, the loot and the glory are equally implausible. Chamaeleon piant, for example. Large and obviously about to melt Ice Palace too, for that matter. All said though, the pace and excitement keep the suspense and the interest up all the way through. A high octane thrillfest of the first order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winning combination! 27 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bond 19 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having seen 'Die Another Day', and unlike many, I thought it was a great bond film, but the novelisation of it by Benson is superb. There are numerous scenes in the book that are not seen in the final film. The way in which Benson potrays Bond, giving him certain characteristics and the emense detail into which he goes, places him as the best Post-Flemming Bond writer. Benson tips his hat to previous Bond films, from Dr No, to The Man with the Golden Gun, From Live and Let Die to A View to A Kill. This book is a must read for all Bond fans, and even if you have seen the film and felt that it was straying to far from the Bond series read it and discover how Benson brings Bond back into the form that we all Know and love. Trully Brilliant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is Moonraker, not original stuff. 24 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, I know they already made a film of "Moonraker" which had basically nothing to do with the book, so they're free to use plot elements. But it's almost shameless to use this many plot elements. A space weapon (only it's called "Icarus" instead of "Moonraker"), a "zero-to-hero" public persona for the villain (as well as his being honored by the Queen and not at all what he seems), the villain's blonde secretary who's a double (British S.S. and his secretary), a showdown at a club...I could go on and on. Why waste $$$ on this novelization when you could pick up Ian Fleming's original "Moonraker" at a library or used book store? It's much better, plus you get to see a "Bond Girl" who thinks he's stupid (at least at first, but then SHE dumps HIM). How rare is that!?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing. 17 Aug 2006
By AReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After a long string of highly successful Bond novels, this is Benson's last one. Having just read it, I can see why.

In addition to Benson's masterful Bond novels, I have always enjoyed his novelizations of the movies, as they have given the character extra depth, and turned sometimes lightweight movie scenes into deeply absorbing writing. His Bond feels far more real than the movies, while retaining the excitement, action and fun.

Admittedly, he had a pretty dumb screenplay to work with here (invisible cars, anyone?), but he hasn't even tried to write a book. This feels more like a notebook of scene directions than a story, and simply tells you everything Bond does without adding anything, i.e. "Bond ran across the corridor. He kicked open the door. He ran down the stairs. He shot his gun"... there are paragraphs of this stuff. No attempt to make it into a novel.

I think he just put the movie on TV, scribbled down everything he saw onscreen, handed in this literal description, took his paycheck and ran.

A sad ending to a great career writing Bond novels. Don't bother with this one.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars die another day... 7 Nov 2002
By john rigon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Raymond Benson has done a superb job with his own Bond series,combining the modern film Bond with the classic Fleming Bond.(its a shame that it appears that he won't be doing anymore)His novels are all fast paced entertaining reads.His novelisations of the Brosnan series have almost always improved on the movies-adding alot of character moments as well as a great deal of depth and dimension to the villians.This one,however,reads like a great action movie.The pace is relentless as it is basically one giant action scene after another following a shocking beginning where we see 007 as we have never seen him before.Now as a movie this will be alot of fun to see but as a novel it seems to be over much too quickly(I finished it in a day). The character moments Benson usually puts in his own series were few and far between because of the incredible pace of the story . While this works on film you end up missing these moments on the printed page and waiting for a little break in the action.That being said,this is filled with one incredible scene after another.In fact,you end up smiling and cheering just as you would in the movies.The action sequences are all original and exciting and 007 is better than ever...coming through the most harrowing experience he has ever been through on film.If this plays out as written it will easily be Brosnans best Bond film to date.Benson captures the feelings of a "Bond movie on paper" perfectly.This may not have the depth of his original stories but it has all the fun of the movies.
If this is his last Bond novel he has gone out in style.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective 13 Jan 2003
By Daniel Dykes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
It is hard to be objective when it comes to reviewing an audio book, as there are so many elements one can be sidetracked into reviewing. At the same time those elements have to be included in the review, but the most important part is always the audio itself.
The Unabridged Brilliance Audio Die Another Day Audio Book spans 4 casette tapes or 2 CDs and is approximately 6 hours in length. It is based upon Raymond Benson's 245 page novelisation of Die Another Day, which is taken from a screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Sitting down and listening to the adventure that is Die Another Day is a vastly different experience from sitting down and watching the adventure unfurl onscreen, but this doesn't ever seem to detract from the audio book, nor does it detract from the novelisation. It isn't necessarily true that Raymond Benson's work is better then the film, but the novel, and in turn the audio book, does posses a unique quality; scenes that will never appear on the silver screen. It is obvious when listing to the story that particular scenes, for instance flash backs, just won't make it to an print of Die Another Day. The novelisation definitely feels closer to Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies then The World Is Not Enough due to its added scenes.
The novelisation is read by American Michael Page, and first uncertainties about an American accent reading a Bond novel were soon dispelled. This is largely due to Page's theatre background, most modern actors aiming for a neutral accent that Page easily finds. Furthermore, he brings in accents for particular characters, some of which he does repeat, but never in the same scene. Jinx and Miranda Frost have particularly different accents and Zao's voice is brilliantly delivered. Colonel Moon's voice is almost touch and go at times as it sometimes comes across as a satire Asian accent.
Despite his theatre background, some of Page's pronunciations may not hit directly home with the audience. For instance, his pronunciation of Omega tended towards `a-mega'. Another pronunciation that `felt' strange was that of Zao's name. To date it had always been sounded, in my head at least, as `Zay-oh' rather Page's pronunciation is closer to `Zah-oh'. Page's pronunciation is similar to that of the onscreen pronunciation, so any unfamiliarity will be seemingly dispensed after the films release.
An audio-book is definitely not for everyone, however, Brilliance Audio's Die Another Day Audio Book does `work' and is very entertaining. Bond fans should definitely buy either a copy of the novelisation or a copy of the audio book, depending on their reading preferences.
4.0 out of 5 stars Die Another Day: Audiobook 20 Jan 2013
By Corey 007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Book is very similar to the movie. It does reveal small details/scenes that weren't in the movie. If you like James Bond or Audio Books in general, I recommend this product to you.
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