Unlike almost every other Bond Film made, this one has been made specifically with the Bond Fan Club in mind. Or so it would appear. Full of in- jokes, references to previous Bond films and gadgets, together with even more subtle references to the life and works of Ian Fleming, the plot is typically implausible, and the means by which JB overcomes the baddie and ends up with the girl, the loot and the glory are equally implausible. Chamaeleon piant, for example. Large and obviously about to melt Ice Palace too, for that matter. All said though, the pace and excitement keep the suspense and the interest up all the way through. A high octane thrillfest of the first order.
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.
Having seen 'Die Another Day', and unlike many, I thought it was a great bond film, but the novelisation of it by Benson is superb. There are numerous scenes in the book that are not seen in the final film. The way in which Benson potrays Bond, giving him certain characteristics and the emense detail into which he goes, places him as the best Post-Flemming Bond writer. Benson tips his hat to previous Bond films, from Dr No, to The Man with the Golden Gun, From Live and Let Die to A View to A Kill. This book is a must read for all Bond fans, and even if you have seen the film and felt that it was straying to far from the Bond series read it and discover how Benson brings Bond back into the form that we all Know and love. Trully Brilliant.