Love the Films, Now Have to Read the Books
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Great idea for a group. I have been meaning to read the Fleming novels for years, but haven't gotten around to them. I love the films, especially Connery, Lazenby (yes, Lazenby), and now Craig. Now I have an extra push to get cracking on the books.
Bond is just the most fantastic character - so witty, so urbane, so intelligent - but the other characters are fantastic too. I dare anyone not to fall in love with Honeychile Ryder (as played by Ursula Andress) - she's just lovely.
Re the racism. It's a tricky one that, as Fleming spent a lot of time overseas especially Jamaica - and sadly, his comments on the characteristics of particular ethnic groups (black Jamaicans, Chinese and "Chigroes") certainly make one uncomfortable, but of course his views were certainly not unusual at the time.
I'm currently reading Never Dream of Dying and am surprised at how much I am enjoying it.
Is it wrong to be in love with James Bond?
I liked Craig in the role too, surprisingly for me as Sean Connery was the absolute end all be all Bond IMO. Never liked Moore as Bond. He made a great Simon Templar though. Too smooth for Bond.
Has anyone read The Life of Ian Fleming? Nicely done.
Thanks for the invitation for this group! :)
I finally read Casino Royale, which I enjoyed, and started Live and Let Die, which made me uncomfortable. I immediately see what DLSmithies was talking about regarding racism. The depiction of African American, Haitian, and Jamaican characters is grossly distorted. Hard to get past that aspect, since Fleming seems to relish it.
Really when you stop and think about the over all picture, Bond himself is a stereotype.
That is what Fleming created, a stereotypical world where the bad guys were bad and the good guys were standing on the razor's edge of being villains.
Fleming had been in the business, and I wonder if this series was his way of sticking his tongue out at all the "good old boys' with their "stiff upper lip".
Just a thought.