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Nov 23 15 1:29 AM
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Nov 23 15 2:15 AM
I haven't seen those films, VF.
I have to confess to not having heard of Daniel Craig either, before he was selected to play James Bond.
EDIT: Actually a look at IMDb reveals, as it turns out, that I had seen him in three or four films, but he left no impression on me, or I had forgotten about him!
Nov 26 15 3:35 AM
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Mar 25 16 12:33 PM
VisualFiction wrote:Reading From Russia, With Love. Haven't read it since I was a kid. I had no idea Lehman's North by Northwest (July 1959) was so influenced by this book (1957). The romance aboard a train with a mysterious female secret agent.I've heard FRWL is one of the best movies...very looking forward to that even if it's a little different from the book.
Mar 25 16 9:01 PM
Mar 25 16 9:43 PM
VisualFiction wrote:Reading From Russia, With Love. . . I had no idea Lehman's North by Northwest (July 1959) was so influenced by this book (1957).
Mar 25 16 9:45 PM
spectacular shocker wrote:I was familiar with Daniel Craig the year before he became the new Bond in Casino Royale; he was the main character in the superb mid-200X's UK gangster flick Layer Cake - highly recommended action/thriller.
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Mar 31 16 4:14 PM
wpbooks wrote:MUNICH was the film that caused me to notice Craig. I don't think I saw Layer Cake until a couple of years later. Actually, it took me awhile to realize that the guy playing Bond was, in fact, the same guy from The Mossad. Made sense upon reflection, though......
Mar 31 16 5:24 PM
VisualFiction wrote:It occurred to me that Bond's gadgets and vehicles owe something to Bruce Wayne, even if only by coincidence. I wonder when such trappings were introduced into the spy genre. Plus in this book Bond travels with an attache case which hopefully hides something, if not armor. And now a couple quotes from Russia, with love.
" 'You are very handsome,' she said. She searched for a comparison that would give him pleasure. 'You are like an American film star.'
She was startled by his reaction. 'For God's sake! That's the worst insult you can pay a man!' "
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"Bond puffed away at his cigarette. If only it had been a trick one - magnesium flare, or anything he could throw at the man's face! If only his Service went in for those explosive toys!"
Apr 1 16 10:48 PM
Apr 2 16 3:01 PM
VisualFiction wrote:You simply will not believe the ending of FRWL (1957). I won't spoil it for you. With the caveat that this is not rich prose and could maybe have used more riveting word choices at the very end, the actual events of the conclusion are incredibly surprising, the way it ended. Suffice to say, readers at this early stage of the series never knew if there would be another book in the series after finishing the most recent one. Having to wait who knows how many months to find out if Fleming was writing another. (No "will return" on the end pages of the books.) FRWL makes a great stand-alone novel, not that the others aren't, but this one in particular is a good one for someone who never read a Bond and has no plans to read another.
I'll move on to Doctor No this Summer. Also looking forward to The Secret Agent by Conrad.
Apr 2 16 3:42 PM
Apr 2 16 3:53 PM
VisualFiction wrote:I'll let you know what I think of the Conrad, I don't know if I'll get to it by Summer, maybe Fall, maybe sooner who knows. I'd guess it's one of the earliest formative classic spy genre. It's classic literature after all...I expect it to be better than a Fleming even if I like the Bond character better.
To be honest I didn't care much for Diamonds Are Forever. It's not like it's bad, but I'm sure it's the least of the first seven novels and you're missing nothing important to the overall storyline if you do skip it for now.
One of the points I wanted to raise about FRWL is that it would've been a hell of a great ending to the series if Fleming hadn't written any more (though thank god he did).
Apr 2 16 4:33 PM
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Apr 2 16 11:52 PM
VisualFiction wrote:Well be sure to let us know what you think of FRWL novel. I might try to keep pace with you if you don't mow through them all too quickly. (Hear DAF before Doctor No to give me time to read some other stuff first . I've got 600+ books to get to.)
After I get through the Flemings and a handful of Gardners, I'm looking forward to the Bourne trilogy, I'm sure it's outstanding.
(Plus I might finally start watching the Connery films next year.)
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