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Colonel Sun: A James Bond Adventure Hardcover – 6 Mar 2018
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Mr. Amis has now given Bond back to the readers.
Colonel Sun is the kind of villain to make a Bondophile salivate.
An exciting, violent, sadistic and sexy piece of reading.
Vigorous, quite exciting. The action is quite well done.
Amis has all the ingredients for success: an exotic, troubled, international setting, a beautiful girl, frequent imbibings, and even more frequent killings.
Mr. Amis has now given Bond back to the readers.
About the Author
Kingsley Amis was an English novelist, poet, and satirist. He wrote more than twenty novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, as well as literary criticism. Amis has been called the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century. In 2008, the Times of London ranked Kingsley Amis thirteenth on their list of the fifty greatest British authors since 1945. He is the father of British novelist Martin Amis. Kingsley Amis died in 1995.
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Amis allows us to see M out of the office and shows Bond with no gadgets, usually armed with just a knife, grenades, and his wits. Colonel Sun is a brilliant villain, truly deranged and eerie to read and his infamous torture scene is compelling and disturbing all on its own. Much was made of the recent 2015 Bond film SPECTRE homaging this torture sequence and I can assure you that this is one of those cases where the book is far more effective.
If you enjoy the films you may see that this story has been homaged in For Your Eyes Only, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, and the aforementioned SPECTRE. I'm a longtime fan of the films and reading the novels is a great way to rediscover Bond. If you decide to do so, start with Fleming but make sure not to skip this one.
In the Original James Bond Books, Ian Fleming created a formula for the high living Secret Agent. As owner of the franchise he played with it, sometimes using a short story format, sometime sending his man against threats against the world and sometimes just second rate thugs. Towards the end, Fleming did get influenced by the grandiose plots in the movies, but his writing always provided some moments of lyricism. In particular when writing of Island life, something he loved, a reader could feel the rhythm of life and the lure of the sun.
Kingsly Amis was an accomplished writer of novels, having made his name with his first novel a comedy, Lucky Jim. Years later he proclaimed his serious interest in the Secret Agent with his analytical study http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+james+bond+dossier&sprefix=The+james+bond+d%2Cdigital-text%2C183
This a fairly straight up analysis. How many females per book, how many and what kind of drinks, cars and etc. The feel of Colonel Sun is that Amis was tied too closely to his analysis and not close enough to his inspiration.
Colonel Sun is a fairly imaginative plot. M, the masterful head of Bond secret government agency id kidnapped in a bold, life is cheap attack that nearly nets 007. What follows is what has become the standard anti-bureaucratic high level meeting and then Bond places himself in the trap because he knows “they will find him”.
They turn out to be a new player in European skullduggery and being new they break all the rules and thereby provide a motivation for Bond to form an alliance with the Commies. And we are off. A sexy woman, the local ex resistance fighter. Regular gun fights and well the double 0 does mean Bond is licensed to kill. Amis staying to the written bond eschews the gadgetry and winning is a matter of tradecraft over technology.
Like all Bond books, Colonel Sun is mostly fluff for the male reader, but there is too much formula and not enough creativity.
I think the book is written well. Kingsley is very descriptive and paints a clear picture of the scenes in the style of Fleming. The torture scene in this book is more tense than in some of the other books and really accentuates Kingley's ability to develop a good level of suspense. Overall, Kingley is able to maintain the style of Fleming and complete the book very well.
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