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Carte Blanche When I think of a reboot of James Bond, I think about Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies and all the newer Bond movies Carte Blanche is the first novel in the Bond series to get a reboot a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former smoker These are the only real big differences I can see in this novel Everything you would expect in a Bond novel movie is still here the cars a Bentley Continental GT and even a Subaru Impreza WRX the girls so many of them , the gadgets including a custom ip When I think of a reboot of James Bond, I think about Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies and all the newer Bond movies Carte Blanche is the first novel in the Bond series to get a reboot a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former smoker These are the only real big differences I can see in this novel Everything you would expect in a Bond novel movie is still here the cars a Bentley Continental GT and even a Subaru Impreza WRX the girls so many of them , the gadgets including a custom iphone called a qiphone and of course the over the top action Even some of the common friends of Bond make an apperence in this book, including M, Moneypenny and Felix Leiter As for the story, this reminds me a lot of Tomorrow Never Dies but instead of an insane Reporter causing all the attacks it is an Eco Terrorist group There is a lot of action, flirting and double crossing, I ve never read another Bond novel but this was everything I wanted I know many people are concerned about this reboot but I must admit, it still lives up the the Bond name I will go back and read some of the older 007 novels but for now this lives up to the Bond name, if I compare it to the movies In reviewing Carte Blanche, I m going to be referencing all sorts of things Bond related, from the films to Fleming s Bond to some of the other literary versions I think its important to note, right from the start, that I m a Bond fan probably safe to assume, given my speedy reading of this But what sort of Bond fan My favourite book is Fleming s OHMSS along with Thunderball, From Russia with Love and Dr No My favourite films are Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Casino Royale My favou In reviewing Carte Blanche, I m going to be referencing all sorts of things Bond related, from the films to Fleming s Bond to some of the other literary versions I think its important to note, right from the start, that I m a Bond fan probably safe to assume, given my speedy reading of this But what sort of Bond fan My favourite book is Fleming s OHMSS along with Thunderball, From Russia with Love and Dr No My favourite films are Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Casino Royale My favourite Bond actor I always say Timothy Dalton, but its probably equal with Daniel Craig I ve never read any Jeffrey Deaver before this, but every other Bond novel except for the last two Raymond Benson books, which I couldn t bring myself to read so horribly misjudged did I find the first few So that s me That s the context.To get back to Carte Blanche, I enjoyed it enough It was a good read I expected Deaver to be a slightlyhighbrow writer Highbrow Bond Well, yes Highbrow perhaps is the wrong word, but for all that Fleming s stories were and they were a product of their times , there was something very classy about his prose His attention to detail and use of language did put them a cut above similar andforgettable stories of the day In the same way that John Le Carre writes such beautiful prose that its lovely to read, no matter what the subject Fleming could do that Kingsley Amis could do that too, and his Bond novel as Robert Markham , Colonel Sun remains my favourite of all the non Fleming Bonds Faulks is a clever writer and he tried to do it but not hard enough And the fact that he wasn t particularly a Bond fan showed John Gardner s plotting and characterisation went a bit potty at times, but his prose was mostly elegant He is also a specialist genre writer The Secret Generations trilogy, being, I think, his best work and one that shows how well he understands the Spy Game.The next thing I was looking for in Deaver was how English the story was Because there is no mistake that his English ness is one of the things that has endured in Bond I don t want to waste too much time on Raymond Benson, but this was where he came most terribly unstuck Bond referring to people as Cowboys and manyAmericanisms, the Englishness being almost a parody This is where Deaver impressed me Careful, intelligent research showing skills as a natural writer which Benson wasn t and only occasionally succumbing to gingo istic stereotype Rugby, in particular lept out rather self consciously In fact, this Bond feels very naturally English and very at home in London.I should probably reflect on the plot slight spoiler alert , which is very topical read will date easily , globe trotting and almost features the complete distruction of the villain s lair Just like the films And this is where both Faulks and Deaver have disappointed me Given the opportunity to create a new literary Bond, they both appear to have followed the formula of the films This one has girls 1, 2, 3 girl next door, victim, leading lady , evil henchman, villain s lair in factthan that this one is Licence to Kill.Yes my favourite Bond film between 1969 and 2005 Hydte is Robert Davi s Franz Sanchez, Dunne is Benicio Del Toro s Dario, Jessica is Lupe Lamora okay, he doesn t sleep with Jessica , Isthmus becomes Cape Town, Cocaine becomes recycling Bond goes undercover, gets accepted as one of their own, someone who might become useful, eventually is revealed, henchman suspected all along I almost expected the same dialogue You disappoint me Mr Bond Only 1989 s LTK managed to be very Fleming esque, even as a film set in the 80s the decade style forgot and yet Carte Blanche fails.In fact most of the books that have tried to be like the films, even though they re written by a carefully selected writer don t do it half as well as the films do which are often written by committee in the end, with three writers having main responsibility.So why do so many author s fail in trying to write a literary Bond Fleming, of course, never had to stick to a formula and didn t Although The Spy who Loved Me is one of the most dreadfully mysoginistic books ever written, I love the structure like the film Under Siege , Bond is an incidental character who appears about halfway in and makes life difficult for a bunch of hoodlum s whilst coincidentally staying in an American motel one night He killed Bond off twice, had him married twice none of that can happen for someone writing a one off novel They have to stick to the formula.But they also try and write too much, in my opinion Fleming s Bond never talked about sport, or about films, or about books, or about music Deaver s does all of these Perhaps that s because Fleming himself wasn t very interested in them, but it does help for Bond to be the blunt instrument he was described as being Film s can t show us inside Bond s mind Books can and so Faulks and Deaver have chosen to But that s a mistake Fleming didn t try most of the time His Bond was not romantic as Connery could be Not particularly desperate to get women in to bed as Moore seemed to be He just had a kind of raw animal magnetism Is it politically correct to write a character like that in the modern age Is the old Bond redundant in the modern age Is there even a need for new Bond novels I ve frequently thought about all these questions and decided the answer to them all is no If Bond can t be how he was then why continue him And when he isn t, it loses something But then there was Licence to Kill And then there was Casino Royale Both great films, Fleming esque and yet entirely a product of their times and ages If the films can manage to do this, then surely literature should A few quick responses to things you ve already read about 1 Deaver is a car nut and a fan of Top Gear Sighs Yes we get that 2 Bond drinks Bourbon instead of Vodka Martini Not strictly true as he does have one Vodka Martini, and when in America in Fleming s Diamonds are Forever he quite got into Bourbon I don t really have a problem with this This is where Deaver can, in my opinion, put his likes and expertise on to Bond.3 Yes there are gadgets acceptable , and a version of Q A British Asian Cricket fan whom I quite liked.4 Its another re boot Bond s been re tooled so many times now I m not a big fan of re boots I know you have to suspend disbelief quite a lot to picture someone who cut their teeth in WW2 and grew up through the Cold War still fighting in Afghanistan today, but readers and watchers are used to suspending disbelief The question is, is itauthentic to do that, or to have a Bond entirely bereft of those experiences.5 Current day setting See above If you can make it authentic then surely that s better, but for me, Faulks was so wrong I d rather have a modern re boot that gets it right And they did that in Casino Royale.Having said all that, I d like to remind you of my earlier statements I quite liked Carte Blanche It was good fun There s a lot worse thrillers out there a lot And a lot better too In terms of Bond books it wasn t a patch on Fleming obviously , or Robert Markham It was better than Faulks, Benson and some of Gardner s later ones When I m reading a Bond novel its interesting to me which of the existing Bond actors I find myself picturing Is that a guide to which Bond the author had in his head I never picture Roger Moore ever although For Your Eyes Only is quite good, and quite Fleming esque Occasionally flashes of Lazenby s physicality might strike me in a fight scene I picture Daltonin the better Gardner Books Icebreaker, for example perhaps because I m so used to seeing him in 80s garb Devil May Care was definitely Connery but a late era toupee wearing Connery, like Never Say Never Again Carte Blanche was mostly Daniel Craig, with Connery appearing in all the cheesy moments.That would draw the conclusion that he s trying to do for the books what Casino Royale did for the films but not quite succeeding And that is probably how I d sum it up We are gathered here together to witness the joyous union between the James Bond literary franchise, and the successfully established thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver And like any good wedding, we ve ensured that we ve observed the traditions Something Old James Bond is back with all the high adventure, bizarre villains, and beautiful women with whimsical names Bond drinks the finest wines, consumes fabulous meals, and drives fast and exotic cars And Deaver s gone way back to the beginn We are gathered here together to witness the joyous union between the James Bond literary franchise, and the successfully established thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver And like any good wedding, we ve ensured that we ve observed the traditions Something Old James Bond is back with all the high adventure, bizarre villains, and beautiful women with whimsical names Bond drinks the finest wines, consumes fabulous meals, and drives fast and exotic cars And Deaver s gone way back to the beginning, so Bond is young and exuberant Seems like old times, with the novel free from any baggage that might otherwise be remaining by keeping continuity with the John Gardner or Raymond Benson storylines In fact, Bond seems a bit fresh in his personal struggles, so this novel could arguably use Ian Fleming s first couple of Bond novels its starting point Something New For all that Deaver s gone back to the beginning, it s also a reboot of the series Other authors works appended to the series, but Deaver s version is actually a reimagining of the character for contemporary times This is not your father s version of James Bond he s rather politically correct, a non smoker, and comes across a bit less self assured He doesn t always charm the girls, and he employs a largely defensive form of fighting Moreover his high tech gear is up to date his cellphone alone has many of the apps he needs for his job in one handy package Something Borrowed Bond novels by Fleming always seemed to focus on adventure, in which there also happened to be some espionage activity In this new start, Deaver actually seems to focuson espionage I ve never seen Bond so careful To me, Fleming s novels depicted that Bond s espionage skill was ART ie he was good at it partly due to his confidence and ability to bluff , but Deaver s novel seems to showcase that Bond s espionage skill is CRAFT He literally never goes into any situation without a backup plan, as readers will discover in this novel Something Blue Bet you thought I couldn t deliver, but from p 331 A blue crane, the South African national bird, stood regally in a pond nearby, perfectly balanced on one leg Thank you Mr Deaver for not forgetting, and now the wedding is perfect Some general thoughts about this book I ve never read any works by Deaver before, but I certainly hope he writesJames Bond, as I definitely want to readWill I check out his other works Perhaps Deaver writes an economical style of prose, succinct and parsimonious Deaver s writing is very basic, so much so that younger readers who ve never tried anything beyond YA novels could devour this without breaking a sweat And truthfully, the simplistic exposition and the basic vocabulary helps speed the book along This book held my attention raptly and I was sorry when it was done always leave them wanting , right Deaver And not to be prudish, but an extra half point to Deaver for writing a grim thriller with no strongly profane language A couple milder expletives, but easily overlooked I appreciated his restraint I ll definitely be cheering Deaver forBond Best reboot of any long running franchise that I ve read so far 5 stars Being a fan of Deavers writing I kind of got what I expected from his 007 book A lot of twists in the tale and overall a decent book about a James Bond planted in our time Well reseached by the writer with all the obvious things that makes the movie James Bond such fun to watch.Having read all Ian Fleming novels I am somewhat dissapointed by the fact that Deaver wrote a sequel to the movie 007 and not to the literary creation as envisioned by Ian Fleming The only continuation novel that is Being a fan of Deavers writing I kind of got what I expected from his 007 book A lot of twists in the tale and overall a decent book about a James Bond planted in our time Well reseached by the writer with all the obvious things that makes the movie James Bond such fun to watch.Having read all Ian Fleming novels I am somewhat dissapointed by the fact that Deaver wrote a sequel to the movie 007 and not to the literary creation as envisioned by Ian Fleming The only continuation novel that is similar to Fleming is the Kingsly Amis Colonel Sun Like Gardner, Benson, Faulks and now Deaver they all write about recognisable moviehero I had hoped on the strength of Deavers own work he would have chosen for aFlemingesque story.It is a slick tale, but by NO means the best Deaver has to offer This was a close one I was very close to going 2 stars on it..but it finally seemed to pull itself together and finish strong I will say that it s the best post Fleming 007 book I ve tried.I read Ian Fleming s Bond books years ago the late 60s and early 70s and since he passed and the post Fleming s death books there have been a series of writers adding to the series of book I ve yet to be really drawn into one of those I started another recently and laid it aside so often I had to This was a close one I was very close to going 2 stars on it..but it finally seemed to pull itself together and finish strong I will say that it s the best post Fleming 007 book I ve tried.I read Ian Fleming s Bond books years ago the late 60s and early 70s and since he passed and the post Fleming s death books there have been a series of writers adding to the series of book I ve yet to be really drawn into one of those I started another recently and laid it aside so often I had to return it to the library Note I have not given it a bad rating, I plan to give it another shot.Here we get the first I ve actually gotten into Bond getting involved in nefarious doings about feeding the starving Yeah I know that s a what the statement but you need to read the book to get the details Bond has moved forward and has access to the NET and so on The book works as a fair thriller and the plot ties up well with a climatic ending.Still, I guess the problem is it s not really Bond Others who read the book may not feel that way but I did I found my interest wandering and spent a good deal of the book somewhat bored with it I was well into the book before I finally got interested in itand then I was still ready for it to end.So, maybe Bond is a character of his time and that magic just won t be recaptured I live in hope that I ll find a volume that i can get involved in, maybe even a little excited about That still hasn t happened but i will say that I ve liked Mr Deaver s book better than any of the other as noted post Fleming works I read all the Ian Fleming Bond novels when I was fourteen fifteen I had to hide them from my mother as she didn t approve I ve followed all the new novels since Fleming s death Kingsly Amis as by Robert Markham, those of John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Charlie Higson the young Bond series , and the one by Sebastian faulks Even the two by Christopher woods based on the scripts for The Spy Who Loved Me and moonraker, both sufficiently different that a few name changes, and title, and you d h I read all the Ian Fleming Bond novels when I was fourteen fifteen I had to hide them from my mother as she didn t approve I ve followed all the new novels since Fleming s death Kingsly Amis as by Robert Markham, those of John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Charlie Higson the young Bond series , and the one by Sebastian faulks Even the two by Christopher woods based on the scripts for The Spy Who Loved Me and moonraker, both sufficiently different that a few name changes, and title, and you d have new Bond novels.Jeffery Deaver won the Ian Fleming Dagger Award for his novel GARDEN OF BEASTS In his acceptance speech, he spoke glowingly about his feelings for Fleming s writings It led to his being asked if he would like to write a Bond novel.This is a James Bond updated to today s world Mid thirties, Bond is a member of a secret branch of British intelligence called the Overseas Development Group Run by M, Bond is a 007 charged with protecting the realm by any means necessary All the characters are here Moneypenny, Mary Goodnight, Bill Tanner, his housekeeper May is mentioned, Q Branch, even Felix Leiter puts in an appearance.In this modern world, Bond has the latest mobile phone and enough apps to render such things as shotgun mikes, bugs, and even following someone too close superfluous.Bond has the Fleming woman also Felicity Willing by name make your own jokes A villain named Severan Hydt Known as the Rag and Bone man, he owns Greenway International, the world s largest disposal and recycling company.Headquarters receives an electronic whisper that s chilling Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.Bond is sent in to find out what and stop it However he feels necessary.As I read this one, I realized something The Bond I pictured in my mind was timothy Dalton While Connery is probably my favorite, I had read all the Fleming novels before I ever saw one of the films I had my ideas built up of how he looked and Dalton comes the closest of all the actors that have filled the role.A very good book This is the newest reincarnation of James Bond, and I was interested in seeing how Deaver would reinvent 007 as a 21st Century British operative I ll admit I m not an avid James Bond fan, though I liked Sean Connery in Dr No, and I ve read Ian Fleming s Casino Royale I was impressed with Deaver s interpretation He stayed true to the spirit of Bond, but added his own impeccable plotting, which frankly made a lotsense than many of the Bond movies All in all, Deaver successfully transpla This is the newest reincarnation of James Bond, and I was interested in seeing how Deaver would reinvent 007 as a 21st Century British operative I ll admit I m not an avid James Bond fan, though I liked Sean Connery in Dr No, and I ve read Ian Fleming s Casino Royale I was impressed with Deaver s interpretation He stayed true to the spirit of Bond, but added his own impeccable plotting, which frankly made a lotsense than many of the Bond movies All in all, Deaver successfully transplanted Bond into 2011 The narrative twists are many and suitably surprising The villains are well drawn, equally creepy, compelling and competent Bond comes across as very human, admirable and somewhat tragic While there is no shortage of romance with the usual Bond girls with ridiculous names Felicity Willing, Philly Maidenstone there is nothing throw away or glibly macho about Bond s emotional life This is a three dimensional James Bond whom I would love to follow in further adventures Jeffery Deaver doing James Bond is like having Robert Downey, Jr play Sherlock Holmes Well done, but with serious disconnects on multiple levels One needs to just enjoy the story as a story, and suspend complaints about deviations from Fleming s ideal Though I am enjoying the story, I think Deaver needs to get back to Lincoln Rhyme. Whenever I read Ian Fleming Bond stories, I picture Daniel Craig as 007 I know I should be picturing Connery or Moore, or even Brosnan, and not the Blonde Bond , but I can t help it Casino Royale was the first Bond film that engaged me Previously, I had only seen a few minutes of a Brosnan Bond flick with an ice castle that only left me thinking how stupid the whole franchise must be So after reading Quantum of Solace The Complete James Bond Short Stories and Doctor No, I m excited to se Whenever I read Ian Fleming Bond stories, I picture Daniel Craig as 007 I know I should be picturing Connery or Moore, or even Brosnan, and not the Blonde Bond , but I can t help it Casino Royale was the first Bond film that engaged me Previously, I had only seen a few minutes of a Brosnan Bond flick with an ice castle that only left me thinking how stupid the whole franchise must be So after reading Quantum of Solace The Complete James Bond Short Stories and Doctor No, I m excited to see a modern day literary take on 007, where the image of the rebooted Bond Daniel Craig belongs.It seems that it took a while for Jeffery Deaver this is his first Bond novel to get comfortable writing 007 The first few chapters are a bit stilted and tentative, but once Deaver settles in, the book begins to flow into a great globe trotting thriller that keeps to the spirit of the original Ian Fleming character, and features guest spots by M, Q, Miss Moneypenny and Felix Leiter I don t really understand the low ratings for this book I would highly recommend it to fans of espionage, thriller and Bond stories, and look forward for further Bond tales from this author The Face Of War Is Changing The Other Side Doesn T Play By The Rules Much Any There S Thinking, In Some Circles, That We Need To Play By A Different Set Of Rules Too James Bond, In His Early Thirties And Already A Veteran Of The Afghan War, Has Been Recruited To A New Organization Conceived In The Post World, It Operates Independent Of MI, MI And The Ministry Of Defense, Its Very Existence Deniable Its Aim To Protect The Realm, By Any Means NecessaryA Night Action Alert Calls James Bond Away From Dinner With A Beautiful Woman Headquarters Has Decrypted An Electronic Whisper About An Attack Scheduled For Later In The Week Casualties Estimated In The Thousands, British Interests Adversely AffectedAnd Agent Has Been Given Carte Blanche To Do Whatever It Takes To Fulfill His Mission The New Thriller By Master Of The Mind GameJEFFERY DEAVERfeaturing JAMES BOND As You Ve Never Seen Him Before


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