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#1 zencat

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:32 PM

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In an exclusive interview on CommanderBond.net, former James Bond continuation author, Raymond Benson, revealed the existence of a never published James Bond short story, "The Heart of Erzulie." Says Benson, "There was another Bond short story I wrote in-between Never Dream of Dying and (The Man With The Red) Tattoo. It wasn

#2 Tanger

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:42 PM

I read about this in part 3 of the Benson interview and would very much like to read it. Do you think if enough fans show interest he'll give it a re-write and release it as an e-book?

#3 Qwerty

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:46 PM

I'd LOVE to see that happen. Hell, go with the 1000 print run for all I care, just publish it, there are fans out there that would love to see this sort of material for sale! Include it with the short stories and release a compilation, that would make it all the more better.

I eagerly await the day when this sees the light of day.

#4 zencat

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:48 PM

Unfortunately IFP holds the copyright on the short story so I don't think there's anyway he could publish it on his own. (And I'm sure it's not "bad" at all. I think RB is being overly modest and, frankly, I don't think I trust the new IFP to judge what's "Bond" and what isn't.)

But Raymond's memoirs...that's a different matter. I think with some encouragement this could be published.

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:51 PM

If IFP got their heads together then they'd get Benson to refine this story and then release and anthology of all his shorts. Give them something to do between now and that "thing" next year wouldn't it?

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:52 PM

He'd definitely find encouragment from myself, and I'm sure a lot of other fans as well. I bet it's very interesting reading, kind of his own Thrilling Cities. :)

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:54 PM

To be honest, I'd rather see a short story volume than read Benson's memoirs. That sort of thing just doesn't interest me, but I know that quite a few people would want to read them.

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 02:55 PM

Let's not get too excited right now. The people in charge at IFP aren't exactly playing with a full deck when it comes to Bond. I am not even sure they know what Bond is anymore.

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 03:20 PM

Very good point, Chandler.

It is all taste Tanger, I think a whole compilation of the memoirs and short stories would really make it worth publication.

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Posted 12 April 2004 - 10:52 PM

I personally would rather see the memoirs than this short story.

#11 Qwerty

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 12:00 AM

I'm sure it's not as bad as he says, I'm sure it'd be a good bit of writing, and I'd love to see this one day.

Seriously, the four short stories and his memoris would be a fair and substantial page amount to warrant a compilation of them being published for sale. I'd love it.

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 01:56 AM

I'd buy a copy of his Bond memoirs, with or without this short story.

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 05:18 AM

I have been somewhat critical of Benson, but I would like to read his memoirs to get a better understanding of the kind of experience it was.

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:45 PM

I've read parts of this memoirs. Specially the trip in wich I was involved but some of the other trips too (not all of them).
And I suppose there will be other parts with all the researches for the James Bond bedside companion. And the interviews with Amis and Gardner!!
The small parts I have read are really fascinating and I wish I could read them all one day.
And I would die to read that short story too!!

#15 Loomis

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:49 PM

And I would die to read that short story too!!

Yikes! It can't be that good. :)

#16 Qwerty

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:55 PM

And I would die to read that short story too!!

Yikes! It can't be that good. :)

Oh yes it could be! :)

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:14 AM

I wonder if the short stroy was period set or in continuation with the rest of his novels?

Something I knocked up :)

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:18 AM

Excellent work with the cover, Icephoenix.

#19 Icephoenix

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 09:40 AM

Cheers, Jordan :)

*made a slight modifcation (added the spine).

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 09:47 AM

SLICK job there, Icephoenix :)
[you could go pro]

#21 Icephoenix

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 11:52 AM

SLICK job there, Icephoenix :)
[you could go pro]

lol, I don't know about that. Besides, I don't want to put Evan out of a job :)

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:17 PM

unless it just comes out as fan fiction, I doubt IFP will ever print it, which is a shame, cause I'd pony up money for it before the little Jimmy stories...

#23 Qwerty

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:40 PM

Something I knocked up :)

That's what is scary, that it hardly required any work at all from you. (In other words, great job.) :) :)

#24 zencat

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 03:37 PM

I wonder if the short stroy was period set or in continuation with the rest of his novels?

Something I knocked up :)

Really nice work, Icephoniex!

I added it to the story (and gave you a credit) :)

#25 Tanger

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 03:37 PM

Superb cover Ice!!

#26 Icephoenix

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Posted 15 April 2004 - 08:42 AM

I wonder if the short stroy was period set or in continuation with the rest of his novels?

Something I knocked up :)

Really nice work, Icephoniex!

I added it to the story (and gave you a credit) :)

:) Wow, thanks Zencat! And cheers for the kind words everone! :)

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Posted 15 April 2004 - 02:09 PM

It would be fun if even CBn gets this short story. Voodooo elements in Bond is just fun! Raymond get it here!!!!! Greaaat cover Ice!

Edited by Bond_Bishop, 15 April 2004 - 02:10 PM.


#28 Napoleon Solo

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 06:12 PM

I think it's just as well the story wasn't published. Authors generally don't like to criticize their own work and Mr. Benson's comments seem to go beyond being just modest.

#29 Qwerty

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:24 AM

Just thought I'd bump this up for interested readers.

#30 dunmall

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 06:21 AM

i've always wondered why they havent released a Benson short stroy collection... I was hoping that they might have put them at the end of his last novel, but obviusly that just wasnt to be :tup:




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