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The World is Not Enough (James Bond 007) [Paperback]

Raymond Benson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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18 Nov 1999 James Bond 007
Greed, revenge, world domination through the power of oil, high-tech terrorism ...Only some of the ingredients of this latest 007 adventure which begins outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and takes Bond in a spectacular high-speed boat chase up the Thames before Bond faces an avalanche in the Caucasus Mountains and a potential nuclear explosion in Turkey. Sir Robert King, a wealthy oil tycoon, is murdered in an unprecedented bombing at MI6's London headquarters. M takes the attack personally and sends James Bond to protect King's beautiful and fiery daughter Elektra in Turkey. For the man responsible for the bombing is 'Renard', a cruel and cunning terrorist who once attempted to kidnap Elektra King and hold her to ransom. With nuclear weapons expert Dr Christmas Jones at his side, Bond travels to the Caspian sea where a former enemy becomes a formidable ally before the final dramatic confrontation in a nuclear submarine.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet Books; Film tie-in edition edition (18 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034076547X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340765470
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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Raymond Benson has now 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the film and I loved the book! 29 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Film novelisations are sometimes tacky and dull. This is not the case with The World Is Not Enough. I loved every page and the detail behind the characters that the film missed out such as the reasons behind Renard's love for Elektra. I have to say that by the end of the book I actually felt sorry for Renard because he was only really a tool for Elektra's greed- a point I did not pick up with the film although I liked it equally. My favourite part was the introduction of Christmas Jones at the mine and the theft of the nuclear warhead. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone, Bond fan or not. (Yes, it is that good!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "light & enjoyable read of latest Bond movie" 6 May 2000
By A Customer
This 200 page book based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade follows Bond's latest big screen adventure.
Benson adds interesting background narrative padding out necessary scenes but alas not over developing the familiar characters.
By adding the missing, opening & important scene he explains why M sends 007 to Bilbao to collect King's money. Strangely it is not until towards the end (?) when he looks into the Renard & Elektra kidnap relationship and explains why the terrorist is so devoted to her. Actor Robert Carlyle who played Renard stated in an interview that he made the character's nationality Bosnian but here he is Russian. Meanwhile Zukovsky's assistant 'The Bull' due to his gold teeth has become a 'Jaws' baddie with his height increased to 7 feet !
The book also explains that Q Branch sent James his old DB5 as back-up to the disposable Z8 for his travels around the Caspian Sea and this helps locate him ( with satellite tracking ) for the final love scene in Istanbul which isn't made too clear in the movie. A light & enjoyable read which recreates the movie's success and is worth a visit to the library or book shop.
Slightly puzzled by the 7 blank pages between chapters to help reach the magical 200 - paperback version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short read 17 Nov 2012
By Catw
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Very short read and spot on exactly the same as the film. Good price and recommend to the other James bond lovers out there!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!... 27 Feb 2000
By A Customer
A fan of the film, I decided to read the book, also, and I wasn't disappointed. The book goes into far more detail than the film, and makes it much more of a thriller. Brilliant.
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I saw TWINE before I read this and I am glad I did. The book accounted for things that went on in the film that were not obvious in the screenplay. Raymond Benson is doing a fine job of carrying on Ian Fleming's legacy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of the superb film 13 Dec 1999
By Nestor
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book faithfully charts the progress of the film form beginning to end and then some. There are bits and pieces that are not included in the film, giving the reader more insight of the different characters... much better than "High Time to Kill"... buy the book if you're a Bond fan... also good for fans of action/thriller novels...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9 Dec 1999
By A Customer
An absolutely brilliant book!. I've seen the film and I can't wait to read the book. It seems to be too good to be true!
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