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This review is from: Carte Blanche (James Bond) (Paperback)
I've always been suspicious of authors following in the footsteps of James Bond creator Ian Fleming - but each time I go along for the ride, never really learning that these 'other' Bonds will ultimately be pale shadows of the Master.
This latest attempt was all right, I guess, which probably says it all.....I just didn't feel it was engaging me at any time; I simply reached a point where I no longer cared what happened to villain or hero, while simultaneously recognising that as Bond continuations/updates go, this one wasn't too bad.
Maybe that is where the problem lies - updating just doesn't work. The fifties and sixties era in which Fleming's originals were set is in itself fascinating even before contemplating Bond....it is an era pre-dating any modern technology; a more gentle and considered era of stiff-upper-lip and Savile Row suits: if Bond needs to make an urgent call to his office, he has to find a telephone box! The past in which these tales are set, and it which Fleming himself existed, give rise to great colour charm and continued freshness with every reading, and that doesn't happen in a modern-day Bond novel. It DOES however work excellently as a modern-day Bond film. A very different experience, of course.
Overall disappointed by Deaver, yet already eagerly awaiting William Boyd's forthcoming effort to continue the continuation!!