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1BOB81
jan 8, 2009, 6:39pm

In Moonraker, Bond used Scarne on Cards to help him take down Drax.

In Diamonds Are Forever, he read How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time on an airline flight. He also mentioned reading Through the Looking Glass as a child.

In Goldfinger, he kept his PPK in The Bible Designed to Be Read As Literature.

In Thunderball, he read The Craft of Intelligence while convalescing.

In The Man With the Golden Gun, he read Profiles in Courage to pass the time at Scaramanga's hotel.

Anybody else think of any more?

2DLSmithies
feb 6, 2009, 4:09pm

I thought he'd consulted a tome before swimming off to plant the mine on the boat in Live and Let Die, but I can't find it now - must have imagined it.

(Sorry I've only just found this - I haven't been around for a while!)

3EnochSoames
feb 6, 2009, 11:14pm

In addition to those listed above: In FRWL he is said to be reading Eric Ambler's "The Mask of Dimitrios" ("A Coffin for Dimitrios" is the American title). He reads Patrick Leigh-Fermor's "The Traveller's Tree" in LALD, He mentions Chesterfield's "Letters" in DN, "Modern Fundamentals of Golf" by Ben Hogan in G, A Nero Wolfe novel in OHMSS, A Philip Marlowe novel (Fleming and Chandler were friends) in G. As far as journals and newspapers are concerned he reads "The Field", "Country Life", "The Times", "The Daily Express", "The Evening Standard" and whilst in Jamaica, "The Daily Gleaner". He is also shot with a copy of "War and Peace" in FRWL...

4BOB81
Redigeret: nov 13, 2010, 8:24pm

I just bought The Gleaner Geography and History of Jamaica at a thrift store for $0.50; thought it would look good between a couple of Bond books.

:)

5BordyLSU
feb 25, 2011, 8:27pm

He reads Patrick Leigh-Fermor's "The Traveller's Tree" in LALD,
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Has anyone seen, or read this work? The excerpt in LALD of the voodoo ritual is quite disturbing. Being from South Louisiana, I would think these rituals wouldn't disturb me, but there is something about the cold interpretation of it by Fleming.

I'm new to this group and I hope you will have me. I was never a fan of Bond EON films, but on a whim picked up the Fleming works. I haven't been able to get Bond out of my system since. I admit that I have even read Higgins "Young Bond" series, which I found quite entertaining. Anyone else?

6Toolroomtrustee
mar 18, 2011, 12:49pm

I'm unfamiliar with *Young Bond*, but interested. What age group would you say they are best for?

7BordyLSU
mar 19, 2011, 10:15am

> 6

The Young Bond series follows him while at Eton College. Higson does does a good job of laying the type of foundation that would create an individual like Bond. Although much of the adventure is over the top for a young kid, he portays Bond's ability to stay cool and collected in the face of danger, the capacity to reason and calculate like a micro computer, his coldness from personal loss, and a love for fast cars, playing cards, finer things and by the last book, the female sex.
You find them in the young adult section of book stores. Therefore the plots are rather simple, easy to follow and target an audience from 12 - 17 years of age. However, in true Bond fashion, they are suspenseful, contain seedy villains and quite a bit of graphic violence. I wouldn't recommend them to too young an audience, while on the same hand they are an enjoyable read for any adult who isn't expecting a literary classic.

8Toolroomtrustee
mar 22, 2011, 2:50pm

>The Young Bond series follows him while at Eton College. Higson does does a good job of laying the type of foundation that would create an individual like Bond.

That's a very intelligent and intriguing way of describing the books. Thank you! I'm definitely pursuing this series.