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on 5 October 2015
Along with Role of Honour, Scorpius has to be the worst Gardner Bond I've read. Parts of the plot lifted from OHMSS, but with a cowardly villain at its centre. Bond just stumbles along but this time has an SAS type sidekick named Pearly who is dull as Bond became under Gardner's watch. The Bond-girl in this spends most of her time trying her best to get Bond to knob her, while snuggling up to him and spouting dialogue like this, "Just make love to me now, my dear. That's the best tonic"!
I love Bond but this one is truly awful. If you haven't read any Gardner but are thinking about it, start with For Special Services as at least that has some laugh out loud Bond moments.