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Tomorrow Never Dies (James Bond 007) [Hardcover]

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

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6 Nov 1997 James Bond 007
James Bond is up against a power-mad media mogul, in this story that ranges from the snowy Khyber Pass to a sea battle off the communist-controlled Hong Kong. And once more the stakes are high: only Bond can prevent the outcome a third world war.


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  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340707410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340707418
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The love-hate relationship between politics and the media is a fitting 90's theme for a James Bond plot, and Raymond Benson's novelisation of Roger Spottiswoode's film Tomorrow Never Dies embraces it fully with wit, irony and excitement.

As in the film, the plot is excellent. Immensely powerful media mogul Elliot Carver takes his obsession with World domination beyond "delivering tomorrow's news today" to more sinister places--not least playing off the Chinese and British in a series of military exchanges. James Bond crosses paths with an opposite and equally impressive agent of the Peoples Republic of China, Wai Lin, in Hamburg on Carver's trail, before the plot moves onto Saigon and the South China Sea. The interesting and exotic locations will be relished by Bond aficionados. Unlike the film, the novel relies on the strength of the characters of Wai Lin and Carver, rather than the slightly over-exuberant and brash action-packed scenes and froth, and it provides us with the opportunity to delve into the background of these impressive and well-rounded figures.

Even if you arrive at Tomorrow Never Dies after seeing the film, you are likely to get much more out of the printed adventure. --JulianBroster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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)

Will have Bond fans cheering. (Publishers Weekly (Doubleshot))

Bond is back in hugely entertaining style (Manchester Evening News on Zero Minus Ten)

Bond is back...and there are enough guns, girls, boats and bombs to keep any 007 fan happy (Daily Mail on Zero Minus Ten) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film! 30 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I don't normally read "books of the film" but after reading Benson's other two original Bond novels ("Zero Minus Ten" and "The Facts of Death") I decided to give this a try. I did not care much for the film. Benson, however, must have added his own bits (unless they were dropped from the final film) which made the book much more entertaining than the movie. The characters were more fleshed out and the plot made more sense. Not as top-notch as Benson's two original books, but still a surisingly good read. Well done!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A not-bad novelisation 11 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
As Raymond Benson's first Bond movie novelisation this is an entertaining, but workmanlike, read. This is one of the few movie books that does not simply ape the movie, as it is based on a version of the script that was not used, and contains many interesing sequences and sub plots that never made it to the screen. The area where the book fails is mainly in the action sequences, which are too vaguely described and never really come together. This is made up for somewhat in the excellent dialogue and a genuine effort on the part of the author to flesh out the characters.
On the whole, I would say this book is inferior to the novels of GoldenEye and The World is not Enough, but would reccomend it over the book of Die Another Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good first novelisation from Benson 2 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was pleased with this novelisation of the film Tomorrow never dies by Raymond Benson. As with his, 'The World is not enough' tie-in he ellaborates and fleshes-out the characters more than the film was able to and also adds his own scenes which may or may not have been taken from the film's final cut. My favourite part was where he described Carver's past and how he sought revenge on his father for disowning him. However, the ending in this book was not as action packed as the one in the movie which was a bit disappointing. Overall though I liked this book and comparing it to all the other Benson novels it does rank highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nope Nope Nope. 22 July 2014
Format:Paperback
Such utter garbage with glaring continuity errors - even for a secret agent it's pretty impossible to glare at someone while you're supposedly unconscious and since when does James Bond blow kisses at people? Just no.
It feels like no one actually bothered to read this before they made it into a book.
Granted, making a novel from a Pierce Brosnan film is like polishing a turd but it's still awful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 23 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
It's been a while since I wanted to acquire this book, finally got it now. Simply great.
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