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James Bond: The John Gardner Years [Kindle Edition]

John Gardner
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Bundle comprises of: BROKENCLAW; COLD; DEATH IS FOREVER; FOR SPECIAL SERVICES; GOLDENEYE; ICEBREAKER; LICENCE RENEWED; LICENCE TO KILL; THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA; NEVER SEND FLOWERS; NO DEALS, MR BOND; NOBODY LIVES FOREVER; ROLE OF HONOUR; SCORPIUS; SEAFIRE; WIN, LOSE OR DIE.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4676 KB
  • Publisher: Orion (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVL63WO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Deal, Mr Bond 26 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Seasoned Gardner/Bond fans stocking up the Kindle for the holidays need look no further than this complete set (currently averaging at just £4.65 each) but newcomers may hesitate at the investment and should 'look inside' a random selection first.

For the uninitiated, John Gardner (1926-2007) was a onetime Anglican priest, WW2 marine officer, stage magician, journalist, recovered alcoholic and successful novelist. After a string of popular swinging 60s Bond parodies, he began to write 'straight' thrillers in the 70s which drew wide critical acclaim and was employed to write the official 007 novels between 1981 & 1996. Writing 14 original Bond novels & 2 novelisations (to Fleming's 12 novels & 9 short stories) he remains the most prolific 007 author: something of a double edged sword as it turned out.

These were contemporary novels and Gardner's chief ambition was to introduce Fleming's 'blunt instrument' trouble-shooter to the 'real' spy world that he'd extensively researched. Thus Bond becomes more of a spy than a secret agent, and MI6 loses that nostalgic wartime Naval Intelligence feel of Fleming's work. However in Gardner's early 007 novels the approach is successful, with a freshness to the believable (mostly undated) plots.

That the 80s novels were among Gardner's best and the 90s ones were more of a mixed bag is a cliché, but also a truism. Newcomers can do no better than check out the James Bond Boxed Set 5. They're the closest to Fleming's pattern of plotting (007 vs super villains, macabre evil, quirky schemes), depiction of the high life (casinos, cars, scuba diving) and his portrayal of Bond (a largely unchanged, smoking, drinking, mid 40s, action focused agent).
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