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Never Dream of Dying (James Bond 007) Hardcover – 3 May 2001


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340792590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340792599
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985,992 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)

Benson's faithful manipulation of Fleming's boilerplate formula will have Bond fans cheering. (Publishers Weekly on DOUBLESHOT)

If Bond is up your boulevard then this is for you (Bath Chronicle on DOUBLESHOT)

Benson does Fleming credit; his Bond is a worthy replica of the original. (Publishers Weekly on NEVER DRAM OF DYING)

Like Brosnan in the films, Benson has re-armed 007 in print with the flair of Fleming's original. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph on NEVER DREAM OF D)

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Raymond Benson's fifth original James Bond novel is set in the south of France, where Bond defeats a vicious criminal - and harder still, an old friend turned enemy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
Raymond Benson's fifth James Bond continuation novel is the finale of "The Union Trilogy" in which Bond finally confronts his arch-enemy from the previous two novels, High Time To Kill and Doubleshot, Olivier Cesari aka Le Gerant, head of deadly terrorist organization, The Union.
A "New War" has broken out between The Union and the world's security forces. 007 and his old French ami, Rene Mathis botch a raid on the old Bisset film studios in Nice (suspected of being a front for arms dealings) resulting in the deaths of innocent people. Bond is transferred to another assignment but has to plead to stay on the trail of the Union. Mathis is suspended but continues to make his own personal efforts to track down Le Gerant. Their work meets to reveal that the Union is using notoriously successful film producer, Leon Essinger's next blockbuster, "Pirate Island" to launder funds and smuggle stolen explosives. After a clue garnered from Belmarsh Prison, Bond follows the trail to Paris and then the South of France where he eventually gets involved with Essinger's estranged spouse, the beautiful actress-model, Tylyn (rhymes with smilin') Mignonne, has a "formal" meeting with his ex-father-in-law, Marc Ange-Draco which in turn leads him to a duel of chemin de fer in the royal casino of Monte Carlo with a certain Pierre Rodiac. Soon Bond is performing his own stunts on the ocean-bound set of Pirate Island off the coast of Corsica and tracking down his prey in the haunting paisan terrain of rustic Corsica before the full threat is revealed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a really exciting, unputdownable page-turner and a worthy addition to the Bond canon. I read some of the original Bond books years ago and this is as good as, or better than, any of them. I hadn't realised Bond books were still being produced until I came across this on a trip to the States. The books starts with an exciting set-piece that would make a great pre-title sequence for a Bond movie. From then on, the action and suspense never lets up. The villains are fascinating and scary, particularly 'Le Gerant' and 'the Union'. The action moves around the South of France, including trips to Corsica, Monte Carlo and Cannes. There's an intriguing romantic strand, with Bond getting entangled with the beautiful actress Tylyn Mignonne. And interesting insights into the mind of Bond - his attitudes to his job and even his feelings of guilt when innocents get involved. Overall, it's a really good read and I'm sure it would make a great film too. The back of the book has a mysterious reference to a website that's also quite intriguing... I visited and found a difficult puzzle. So that's worth a visit too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read "Never Dream of Dying" in two short days. I couldn't put it down. More than the other "continuation" authors, Raymond Benson captures the spirit of Ian Fleming's James Bond. He doesn't write like Fleming, but somehow he nails Fleming's character. The plot here is a thrilling conclusion to the "Union trilogy" (which began in "High Time to Kill and continued in "Doubleshot") but you don't need to have read those two to enjoy this one. Le Gerant is a great villain, and "Never Dream of Dying" boasts some terrific locations in Cannes and Corsica. It would make a great film, if only EON Productions would wake up and pay attention.
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Having just completed reading Never Dream Of Dying, I can honestly say that in my view, it is Benson's best submission since he entered the realm of 007. I say this for a variety of reasons. First off, some parts of the story are reminiscent of my all time favorite, "Thunderball" and secondly, he resurrects some old familiar characters that needed revisiting. One old aquaintance in particular is reconciled. Thirdly, you will see a different side of 007 that aptly shows how carelessly vulnerable even the great James Bond can become when mortalized with an affair of the heart.The story successfully closes out the "Union" trilogy and teases the reader with a hook that will take us to the next adventure. In conclusion, I would very much like to see some sort of screen adaptation to this storyline. To the Brocolli's...GO AND GET THIS ONE!
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By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
007 finally comes face to face with Le Gérant, the blind criminal genius who heads The Union crime syndicate. The meeting does not disappoint. Raymond Benson's writing is stylish and assured. It seems that he has deliberately attempted to push back the boundaries of the conventional Bond novel - the sex scenes are more explicit than any of their predecessors, the torture scenes more graphic. In-jokes sit comfortably alongside brutal violence. Benson's Bond is ruthless and resourceful, which is just the way we like him. Nothing is sacrosanct, and there are plenty of thrills and a few surprises before the end. Highly recommended, but let me give you a word of warning - if you like rats then there is one scene that will probably upset you!
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