Neither group has much regard for the James Bond continuation novels which were done by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, and a series of others thereafter. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus Under Plastic. In this Fleming rip-off, he reproduces Fleming's faults without their saving charms, except that he has cut down on the sex and sadism. From Canada to United Kingdom About this Item: Jonathan Cape, London, 1981. The package also included a complimentary copy of the novel to read while eating. The first of John Gardner's James Bond novels.
Together, they plan to hijack six nuclear power plants around the world and start a global meltdown, unless Bond can stop them. Although one cannot deny that the campaigns for the most recent continuation novels have been events in themselves, worthy of international press, they still have fallen short of that infamous 1981 campaign. But Bond is somewhat different, the character is still tough and foreboding, but now updated in the 1980's he has the modern ideals of the world, not the cold black and white of the Cold War in which he was originally created in. Article by Patrick Vagg The campaign of a James Bond novel is often an important way to kick-start sales while also announcing to the world that the arrival of a new adventure of the super spy is imminent. The jacket is unclipped with a Jonathan Cape price sticker for £6. Amazon is also showing new audiobook editions read by Jeremy Northam.
This was the first original Bond story I ever read and the first by John Gardner who went on to write 12 or 13 more. Sensational news today for fans of John Gardner's James Bond novels! The chapter where Bond ingratiates himself on Murik at Ascot races is a bit muddled. It's a tragedy John Gardner died in 2007 as I very much would have liked to have contacted him to let him know how much I enjoyed his work. But there was a limit, because Ian Fleming only wrote fourteen James Bond books — or more precisely, twelve novels and two collections of short stories and the rogue Bond story, James Bond in New York which appeared in Thrilling Cities. The second half of the book is better than the first, and fits with Fleming's fiction well. M briefs Bond thoroughly, not just on Murik, but also on his mistress, Mary-Jane Mashkin, and his ward, Lavender Peacock.
As they're sipping their drinks, he makes amorous advances. In an age when photography was commonly used on book jackets, in this case, a familiar look was chosen to win readers back. Gardner takes James Bond and removes everything that makes him fun. In his series, Gardner showed that he can be much slyer, funnier and bawdier than he has allowed himself to be here. In fact, it seems like Gardner may have spent too much time studying the Bond movie canon and not enough on the novel. It started out pretty slow, but, once things really got going.
Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Fine first edition of this great book continuing the adventures of James Bond. It's ridiculous, unworkable, and never believable. Bond has been assigned to investigate one Dr. There were some occasional goofy elements in the plot, but the only notable failing was Bond's Saab 900.
Beatutiful dustjacket, few superficial scratch lines on rear, but still so bright and tight. Orion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Gardner's Licence Renewed by publishing the first five titles in hardback, featuring their original covers, in Summer 2011. He kept the high old tone and thoroughly updated it and every element was pitch perfect. Once upon a time there used to be a bookshop on Charing Cross Road which focused solely on crime fiction. Gardner appears to be trying to place his book slap into the 80s, and ends up trying to drag the previous books from the 60s into the 70s. Murik had claimed to have designed a nuclear reactor that was as powerful as a standard nuclear power plant, but safely disposed of the nuclear waste - a view debunked by many other nuclear physicists. I won't say more than that it involves the simultaneous assault on several nuclear power plants.
Beautiful sharp spine ends, fine condition. As the films — for all their flaws — are at least trying to be entertaining, and this is just a bit dull. All the billionaire behind the plot really wants is money. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. To make this plan even more over-the-top than it already is, Anton isn't planning to use the fortune this generates to live like Croesus but to build his own nuclear power plant to show the scientific establishment he's the smartest physicist there is. It is obvious he had read and studied his Fleming, but there is also a sense of the cinematic Bond creeping into the stories. Hardly kills anyone and actually declines a sexual relation.
Fleming's plots were always preposterous, but they carried a crazy, unifying conviction. From Canada to United Kingdom About this Item: Jonathan Cape, London, 1981. Gardner gives Bond an adventure worthy of many Fleming would have. Not too bad a James Bond book. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Jonathan Cape, London, 1981. I wasn't sure what to expect. Hardback book is tight clean and square.
The glamour shrivels, the self-indulgence becomes apologetic, and the atmosphere seems absurd. For some editions of the book, the car is shown as black or red on the book cover; however, in the book the car's colour is not mentioned. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Roger Moore my least favourite Bond actor was at the height of his Bond run at the time and Gardner's Bond looks positively Daniel Craig next to Moore in For Your Eyes Only which came out the same year. The first five titles will be released in hardback featuring their original covers. Bond has been assigned to investigate one Dr. First edition, second impression, signed by John Gardner to the title page.
The first 50 pages are devoted to showing his Bond bona fides and he touches all the bases. Although the writing is reasonable which normally would warrant me leaving two stars it's from John Gardner, not some novice learning how to write so he doesn't really get credit for stringing together a sentence. And starting with a character in his very late thirties, at best. After a few years my paperbacks were pretty well thumbed and dog-eared — and I began moving on to other things. So too is the action, grappling fight scenes or any sense of menace. Th I read this back in the '80s, but not since then. It's not really explained how Bond can still be doing this job at his age by my calculations, he has to be in his 60s.