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Die Another Day Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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Welcome back, Mr Bond. We've been waiting for you . . . Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises. (Independent on Sunday)
Bond novel have been written by several authors since Fleming's death...Raymond Benson is, for my money one of the best. His fast paced action and stylish recreation of 007 make his work a must for all Bond fans (Edinburgh Evening News (07/03/98) on Zero Minus Te)
Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism . . addicts of the genre will love it. (The Times)
Action packed, with a good measure of tricky situations and show-downs at 8,000 metres above the earth (Newcastle Evening Chronicle (19/05/99) on High Tim)
Bond is back to his old self (Newcastle Evening Chronicle (26/03/97) on Zero Min)
Will have Bond fans cheering. (Publishers Weekly (Doubleshot))
Bond is back in hugely entertaining style (Manchester Evening News on Zero Minus Ten)
Like Brosnan in the films, Benson has re-armed 007 in print with the flair of Fleming's original. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph on NEVER DREAM OF D)
If Bond is up your boulevard then this is for you (Bath Chronicle on DOUBLESHOT)
Bond is back...and there are enough guns, girls, boats and bombs to keep any 007 fan happy (Daily Mail on Zero Minus Ten)
Benson does Fleming credit; his Bond is a worthy replica of the original. (Publishers Weekly on NEVER DRAM OF DYING)
Raymond Benson's gripping new James Bond adventure is one of the strangest - and most terrifying - the agent has ever endured. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle (09/05/01) on Never Dr)
Benson has now written three James Bond Novels, all of them very well regarded by the millions of Bond fans throughout the world who wondered what would happen after the demise of Ian Fleming (Birmingham Post (26/06/99) on High Time to Kill)
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The Unabridged Brilliance Audio Die Another Day Audio Book spans 4 casette tapes or 2 CDs and is approximately 6 hours in length. It is based upon Raymond Benson's 245 page novelisation of Die Another Day, which is taken from a screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Sitting down and listening to the adventure that is Die Another Day is a vastly different experience from sitting down and watching the adventure unfurl onscreen, but this doesn't ever seem to detract from the audio book, nor does it detract from the novelisation. It isn't necessarily true that Raymond Benson's work is better then the film, but the novel, and in turn the audio book, does posses a unique quality; scenes that will never appear on the silver screen. It is obvious when listing to the story that particular scenes, for instance flash backs, just won't make it to an print of Die Another Day. The novelisation definitely feels closer to Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies then The World Is Not Enough due to its added scenes.
The novelisation is read by American Michael Page, and first uncertainties about an American accent reading a Bond novel were soon dispelled. This is largely due to Page's theatre background, most modern actors aiming for a neutral accent that Page easily finds. Furthermore, he brings in accents for particular characters, some of which he does repeat, but never in the same scene. Jinx and Miranda Frost have particularly different accents and Zao's voice is brilliantly delivered. Colonel Moon's voice is almost touch and go at times as it sometimes comes across as a satire Asian accent.
Despite his theatre background, some of Page's pronunciations may not hit directly home with the audience. For instance, his pronunciation of Omega tended towards `a-mega'. Another pronunciation that `felt' strange was that of Zao's name. To date it had always been sounded, in my head at least, as `Zay-oh' rather Page's pronunciation is closer to `Zah-oh'. Page's pronunciation is similar to that of the onscreen pronunciation, so any unfamiliarity will be seemingly dispensed after the films release.
An audio-book is definitely not for everyone, however, Brilliance Audio's Die Another Day Audio Book does `work' and is very entertaining. Bond fans should definitely buy either a copy of the novelisation or a copy of the audio book, depending on their reading preferences.
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