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No Deals, Mr. Bond (James Bond) [Hardcover]

John Gardner
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April 1987 James Bond

Two female agents of Operation Cream Cake - double agents and honey traps against the KGB - are murdered. Bond must find the others and conduct them to safety before they meet a similar fate.

In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and the KGB is soon on the scene. But all is not as it seems and soon Bond finds he needs all his wits to negotiate a labyrinth of double-crossing that is to lead him to a bewildering showdown in a remote corner of the Kowloon province of Hong Kong, where, weaponless, he is hunted by four assassins.

No Deals, Mr. Bond is the sixth in the bestselling series created by John Gardner, and one of the most original and unpredictable.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T) (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399132546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399132544
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 982,245 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'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By their very nature Bond books and films are to a large degree predictable, we know what to expect and we expect to get it. What matters is the way it's done and with this book Gardner pulled together his take on the Bond formula to it's neatest and most satisfying.
No deals Mr Bond, whilst not a classic title by any means, combines the sort of genuine espionage activities of the novels of John Le Carre and indeed John Gardner's own Herbie Kruger series, networks of agents, legends, tradecaft, betrayals, double-crosses and inter-agency rivalries. With the more Bond like car chases, gunfights, torture and of course sex.
The plot concerns the sudden and mysterious deaths of members of one of SIS's most successful cold war networks, long after they were disbanded and given new, safe identities. Bond is dispatched to try to find and protect the rest of them but is quickly plunged into an abyss of betrayal, unable to be certain of what is the truth and who can be trusted.
The twists of the plot and of fate that befall Bond in this novel seem more plausibly located in the real world than many of the other books by Gardner in the series. Here there are no larger than life psychotics trying to gas New York or nuke Westminster, just dark people playing a dark game because it's all they know and all they're good at.
A cracking read that makes you wish they'd make a film that was plot rather than stunt heavy. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Deal To Like 21 July 2011
After two successful outings in keeping with Fleming's style, Gardner's 6th 007 novel is his most original since Icebreaker. While the latter failed for me (compromising too much Bondian action and pace for a slowburning spytrade tale), this story sees a dynamic Bond against the odds and driving events as a British spy ring is wound up.

Score: 8/10. It certainly doesn't hang about. The covert naval op is convincingly told; then Bond is plunged into a deniable mission to rescue 'honeytrap' agents who'd spied for the UK and are now being killed. What follows is a Buchan/Sapper/Yates (the latter is referenced) style thriller, our hero on the run through London, Ireland, Paris and Hong Kong amid circling cloak-and-dagger treachery.

It's sort of Gardner's take on From Russia With Love (with a trap set by a Russian spymaster intent on bringing 'death to spies') except here neither Bond nor the reader know each character's loyalties. Those characters are nicely drawn, even if the girls follow Gardner's by now familiar pattern of trying to bed 007 on sight. There's another KGB man called Kolya (not the one from Icebreaker) and Q Branch's deadly emergency pack proves a worthy successor to the briefcase in Fleming's work.

The revelation that 007's on less of a recue mission and more of a seedy clean-up op rather sticks in the craw. Mistakes creep in, like Bond forgetting the ASP has transparent panels over the clip and weighing it to see if it's loaded. But after his brilliant depiction in Nobody Lives For Ever (James Bond), it's the increasingly pompous and smug 007 that's the big disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bond is back 12 Oct 2013
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We have heard the sentence before. Bond is back. Well, he is. John Gardner actually beat Ian Fleming in the end. He wrote more Bond stories than Fleming. Naturally he can never take credit for having invented the character, but nevertheless he wrote a series of great stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good deal of bond 24 Aug 2013
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This is the Bond we all now and love
The girls the guns and more twists than a cork screw
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