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A joy to listen to,
This review is from: The Spy Who Loved Me (Audio CD)
Never having read the original Bond stories, I came to these CDs knowing that they would undoubtedly be different to the film versions. And boy, was I proved right.
Some stories are by and large the same as you know on screen. This, however, is totally different. For a start, much of the story is told from the protagonist's perspective and Bond doesn't appear until around half way through. In reality, this bears zero resemblance to the film version, so if that's all you know then this is a brand new Bond story, which is great.
Rosamund Pike reads the tale in a gorgeous accent and you learn about how her life and travels bring her to a not-so-sleepy motel in the middle of America. Don't expect Roger Moore either. This is Bond the hard man, a WWII veteran, killer and no taker of any nonsense.
Is there a downside? Well in retrospect the gangsters do seem horribly cliched stereotypical 50s hoods. Then again, when this was written, for all I know it could be very accurate. The abiding memory I hold is Rosamund Pike's honeyed delivery. Lovely.