SilverFin: The Graphic Novel (Young Bond Graphic Novels) Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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James Bond is, without doubt, the daddy of all literary spies. His name is synonymous with intrigue and adventure, action and old-fashioned derring-do. So Silverfin, the first in a series of Charlie Higsons fully authorised prequels to the most famous of all British Secret Service agents, has mightily big boots to fill. Fortunately, Higson is a genuine Bond aficionado who has remained true to the style of Ian Flemings creation, and his legend, to create an authentic story featuring a teenage Bond that should not disappoint other equally appreciative fans.
After a supremely scary opening sequence featuring some terrifying mutated eels and a gruesome death, Bonds early days at Eton in the 30s as a thirteen-year-old are the focus for the first third of the book. Since the death of his parents in a climbing accident, James had previously been educated at home by his aunt. The alien world of this infamous public school is a new world for him and he makes enemies immediately. But young James is not without a backbone of his own, and he soon begins to win small victories against those who choose to bully him.
It is, however, when James is in Scotland for the rest of book, at the remote home of his Aunt Charmian and Uncle Max, that his first great adventure, and mystery to solve, truly takes shape. A local Laird, in his ominous castle nearby, is conducting horrific scientific experiments that prove he is very mad indeed and a threat to society who must be defeated. Before this excitement is over, James has a date with some killer eels.
The author, well known for his comedic exploits on television in The Fast Show and for adult thrillers such as King of the Ants and Full Whack is without doubt a skilled writer. Bond purists might wince a little, that such an extension of Flemings legacy was needed at all, but despite being shackled by the constraints of its period setting, Silverfin is an intriguing read.
(Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'A page-turning adventure that will get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck' – Sunday Express'Good, gritty and funny . . . Very clever, Bond, very clever indeed' – Daily Mail
Would have made Ian Fleming proud (Daily Telegraph)
More action, more demented crime and more flesh-crawling deaths than ever before (- Observer)
James Bond's action adventures are perfect for a graphic novel, with more AAAAAGHH!, KER-BLOOSH! SMAKK and other onomatopoeia than you can shake a martini glass at. (Scotland on Sunday)
This graphic novel is a feast for the eyes as well as the imagination. (Fulham Gazette)
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Top Customer Reviews
Since then he has watched most of the films and thoroughly enjoyed them so I thought this series of books would be fun for him.
He read them in a matter of days and thought they were fantastic and I'm happy because the subject matter in the films is sometimes a tad too dark for a pre-teen whilst these books are perfect.
My Son highly recommends them.
I also really enjoyed the new visual winks added by Walker -- like Bond wearing #007 on his chest during the foot race. Maybe that would have been too much for the book, but it works here, and I especially love how it's revealed.
Now, am I crazy, or has Walker revised his image of Young Bond to look a little more like a young Daniel Craig than a young Pierce Brosnan? Hey, it's fine by me!
I really hope this book does well and they continue on with the series. The Young Bond books, IMO, just got better and better as they went along, and it would be wonderful to see Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command adapted into graphic novels of this quality.
This book is perfect for those who cant bear another story of fairys and talking animals.
My hopes were not too high for this book. At 160 pages, less than half that of the paperback, and being made up, in large part of pictures, I assumed a great deal of the story would have to be sacrificed. I was wrong. While the pictures a single picture may not paint 1,000 words, the whole of the pictures effortlessly replaces quite a bit of the text without any loss of story line. Having read both this and the original paperback, I have found the storyline identical. There really is nothing lost in the transfer to a graphic format. I do have a slight preference for the unillustrated version, simply because I like to let my imagination fill in the details, and I read too fast as it is. A good paperback rationed out can last me a few days - and I do have to limit myself so as not to finish it one night. This on the other could be used up in hour, although it took my son a full day to read it. It is still very much a book I could enjoy though.
My son on the other hand loves this book. He immediately asked for Bloodfever in this format, and seeing the joy this has brought I decided to buy it. Unfortunately this is the only young James Bond book available as a graphic novel. More's the pity. These are the type of books that would make any boy into avid readers! I honestly think the decline in comic books has been matched by a decline in literacy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had run out of books, so I decided to read my sons copy of Silverfin. I was pleasantly surprised. Really good adventure book. I would definitely recommend.Published 6 days ago by EJ1981
Gripping page turning book almost ripped the book even though it is on a kindle. Had me gripped from the first page.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Silver fin was cleverly written in a style that was mostly easy to read. Some sentences were long and words unfamiliar. Read morePublished 6 months ago
This book from the very beginning is a true master piece! Charlie Higgson has made an extraordinary book to kick start the beginning of James bond.Published 6 months ago by Alison Jenkins-Wood
My 9 year old son has just avidity read his way through the whole series. He is currently recommending them to his friends. He loves them.Published 6 months ago by yellingpig
Great work Charlie Higson.
If you love dramatic action adventures then this is definitely for you. Read more