Raymond Benson's first James Bond novelization
Looking Back: 'Tomorrow Never Dies'
Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:38 AM
Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:29 AM
It is quite interesting to flick through and note the changes that were obviously made to the script after he got it. Some nice additions and backstory.
Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:15 PM
Unfortunately, he doesn't benefit from someone else giving him a taught plot to follow. John Gardner, who tended to meander and into one doublecross after another when left to himself, fares far better in his two novelisations than in most of his own, particularly later, work. Plots were always Benson strong point, probably his only strong point and so sadly he doesn't benefit from the work of others, but is left to his own "skills" to put description to their words.
That said, my take on the entire Benson collection is that even his originals were merely unfilmed tales of Brozza-Bond.
Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:59 PM
But, of the Benson ones, I have only read DAD. Quite why I never got around to the rest (and why I read DAD!!) is open to debate (my own, one-sided affair) but is probably due to the torturous efforts in getting through his other works.
Agreed with the immediate above. His stories were really quite good but the translation of ideas into the printed word was always laborious.
Posted 19 November 2007 - 05:40 AM