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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to compare with the film, 15 Nov. 2012
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Watching old James Bond films takes you back in time but the books feel even more dated. James Bond's comments about Koreans being apes, and lesbians having mixed up hormones caused by 50 years of emancipation, will take your breath away. Look at this extraordinary conversation between Bond and Goldfinger:

"I was very impressed by that chauffeur of yours. Where did he learn that fantastic combat stuff?

...Have you ever heard of Karate? No? Well that man is one of the three in the world who have achieved the black belt in karate. Karate is a branch of judo..."

The golf match between Bond and Goldfinger contains so much golf detail, it takes more than half an hour of narration, including Bond's agonizing over whether to cheat. I normally find anything to do with golf excruciatingly boring but I have to admit that this detail created a realistic feel.

I found it interesting to see how the tongue in cheek, witty film compares with its source, a book that takes its absurd story seriously. You have to keep reminding yourself that crazy villains trying to take over the world from subterranean superbases were a new idea in Fleming's day. The concept simply didn't exist in the popular imagination as it does now. Fleming's original readers didn't half-laugh, as we do at the films, they were supposed to take the books seriously, to be impressed by the power and technology, appalled at the villainy. The Bond that emerges is more of a real human than the film character. He has fears and insecurities, curses his mistakes and worries about pain and defeat.

I have several of this set. My favourite was On Her Majesty's secret Service. (I reviewed it separately so won't go on about it here except to say that I found David Tenant the best of the readers.) Hugh Bonneville's reading is also good.
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Great review of a good Bond thriller.
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