- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (7 May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340696419
- ISBN-13: 978-0340696415
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 2.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Facts of Death (James Bond 007) Hardcover – 7 May 1998
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About the Author
Raymond Benson has now several James Bond novels, all Coronet paperbacks. He is also the author of The James Bond Bedside Companion, which was shortlisted for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biographical/critical work and is considered by 007 fans to be the definitive book on the world of James Bond. He is a director of the Ian Fleming Foundation and served as vice-president of the American James Bond 007 Fan Club for several years. Mr Benson is married, has one son and lives in the Chicago area.
Top Customer Reviews
This was my first Benson novel and it won’t be my last. He knows how to write well – check out his article for The Writer (“The 007 way to write a thriller”). Just like this novel, that article is well worth reading too.
Bond has always had a fantasy element, but the books have also been based on hard fact and been more about good writing than cheap stunts on every page.
This book may do very well in America because the writer is american, but that has meant JB has lost the essential britishness that was a large part of his character. SOme of the things he thinks or says just ruin parts of the book for anyone who has read the the previous ones, imho.
High Time to Kill by the same author is a better book, so I would recommend trying that if you have read all the earlier books, but if you like a (fairly)believable spy thriller, which is what the Bond BOOKS have always been, try John Gardners, which I personally think are far superior to this americanised comic book attempt.
That said, I did finish it which I haven't done for some books. But I have re-read the original and John Garner's novels at least 3 or 4 times. I very much doubt I will struggle through this again.
Score: 7/10. The fragile peace between Greeks and Turks in Cyprus is threatened, as a Pythagoras inspired terrorist organisation (Decada) begins a wave of chemical and biological attacks. With UK peacekeepers caught in the middle James Bond is astonished to discover a link to M's love life. Benson freely admitted his 2nd novel was a Bond film in print and it shows, bursting with gadgets and endless Brosnan quips.
From the contrived 'pre-credits' chapter (007 leaping in and out of helicopters for little reason) to the big set pieces, it's fun: the baccarat game, helicopter stunts, cable car acrobatics & car chases (the XK8 no more outrageous than the DB III was in its day). It's reminiscent of the action oriented Thunderball (Decada obviously modelled on SPECTRE & a dry run for Benson's Union Trilogy) or Gardner's For Special Services. Once more the innovations prove stronger than the (nevertheless welcome) nods to the past. 007's relationship with the new (ie Judi Dench) M neatly anticipates the Daniel Craig films, while Bond, Helena Marksbury (his new secretary), Sir Miles and M's lover are particularly well drawn in the UK chapters.
Once into the USA, though, it's the wandering storytelling that lets it down. Overlong and ambitiously plotted, it tries too hard to cast 007 in the role of investigator at too many taped off crime scenes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BEING AN AVID BOND FAN OF BOTH THE FILMS AND THE NOVELS,WHETHER BY IAN FLEMING OR THE SUBQUENT LATER WRITERS
IT HAS ALL THE INGREDIENTS YOU EXPECT IN A BOOK FEATURING 007.
Not great but OK: Compared with the original Ian Fleming books the characters were impossible to believe in, the coincidences highly unlikely and too much emphasis on the minutiae... Read morePublished 21 months ago by W. Bear
Benson's Bond books are always a good read, and The Facts Of Death is one of his best. It goes without saying that it's not as good as Fleming, but no one ever is. Read morePublished on 11 April 2015 by Gary Cook
But not great. Tried to be done in an Ian Fleming style but doesn't quite get there really. An ok read for 007 fansPublished on 31 Mar. 2015 by Michael John Hammond
A fast moving story building on Mr Benson's first JB novel - typical stuff with a couple of nice twists along the way.Published on 27 Dec. 2014 by A D NAISBITT