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Goldeneye Paperback – 8 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135777
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.

About the Author

After Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner was the next writer to be asked to write further adventures of James Bond. He wrote, like Fleming, fourteen Bond books, plus novelisations of the films GoldenEye and Licence to Kill, from 1981 to 1996.

Before becoming an author of fiction in the early 1960s John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer, a journalist and, for a short time, a priest in the Church of England. 'Probably the biggest mistake I ever made,' he says. 'I confused the desire to please my father with a vocation which I soon found I did not have.'

In all, Gardner had fifty-five novels to his credit - many of them bestsellers. John Gardner died in 2007.

For more information about John Gardner and his non-Bond works, visit his website.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amon Avis on 31 Dec. 2012
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Before 1995 the Bond novels (Fleming, Amis or Gardner) had represented the official exploits of 007 in the eyes of fans, while the films were either faithful adaptations or amusing diversions. After a record 6 year hiatus, the popularity of Goldeneye reversed this position for many. Unsurprisingly, the holders of the Bond literary copyright decided to harmonise the book series with the films for the rest of the Brosnan era.

Score: 7/10. During the cold war (1986), 007 and 006 are sent to destroy a USSR chemical plant under the nose of ruthless KGB Colonel Ourumov- an operation that goes badly wrong. In the present day (1995), a new female M questions Bond's place in modern espionage: when a Russian weapons satellite is hijacked by a traitorous General Ourumov, 007 has the chance to prove his worth. The plot is a clever set of juxtapositions: a cool calculating M vs Bond's blunt instrument (so to speak); cold war vs cyber terrorism; a clever professional heroine vs an insane femme fatale; freezing St Petersburg and the tropical Cuban jungle; and our hero vs an enemy almost his equal.

In terms of Gardner's 007 books, it can be read as the last (ie after COLD (1996), which is set in 1994): the old M retired, the new (Judi Dench) one in office, SIS moved from Regent's Park to its actual HQ on the Thames at Vauxhall Cross, while Micro Globe One isn't mentioned. Puerto Rico had coincidentally featured in Gardner's Seafire the year before, provoking a small continuity error and an oblique reference to Bond's relationship with Flicka.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Christine A. Morgan on 11 Dec. 2012
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my husband has been collecting these. he is an avid Ian Fleming fan and has read all of his books. now he is reading John Gardner with as much enthusiasm.
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By Anthony Devitt on 26 Mar. 2014
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If you've seen the movie you don't need to read the book. If you read the book first then you will enjoy seeing the movie afterwards. Most Bond readers will understand that most Bond books are very different from the movie that bears the same title. This one isn't.
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