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A winning combination!,
This review is from: Die Another Day (Paperback)
Die Another Day is the best James Bond movie in many years and Raymond Benson is the best of the post-Fleming authors, so the combination here is a winning one! I typically don't read movie novelizations, but I found this book fast-paced and exciting, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Benson added an entire sequence set in Seoul, Korea that wasn't in the film (this alone should make it a must read for hardcore Die Another Day fans). Benson also includes several winks and nods to past Bond films--such as mentioning San Monique, the fictional Caribbean Island from Live & Let Die--that don't appear in the film. Much has been said about the fantastic sci-fi nature of this film (it's about time we had a BIG Bond again), and here Benson makes it all believable. Yes, you really can have an invisible car! He also gives us a quick biography of 007 during what in the film is the title sequence. These clever additions make this a very enjoyable novelization of a very good Bond film. However, if reading 007 adventures is your thing, in addition to this book I'd recommend buying one of Benson's excellent six original James Bond books--maybe starting with his two most cinematic and action packed, HIGH TIME TO KILL or THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO. As good as Die Another Day is, I find these books far superior to anything that Hollywood screenwriters can dream up.