I was thinking today, as you do, that Wood's movie interpretation of Fleming's original novel is so far away from its source (ie, not a single character or location remains save 007 himself) that, while it is a movie tie-in, it also can stand on its own as a 007 novel. This point is often raised on the forums here and Wood's novel is a very earnest attempt to recreate Fleming's hero in the late 1970s. He succeeds very well and the novel does sit very comfortably along side all the original titles.
It's an theory which doesn't quite work when considering Wood's JB&MR because Hugo Drax is a recurring figure.
Now, here's the thing. If IFP had wanted Christopher Wood's novel as one of their own, so to speak, what would the title be? Clearly not 'James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me'
My vote hitches on "THE RULES OF THE GAME" a line used by Bond when Anya strikes him for killing her lover. (p.139 in my edition).
Anyone else got any ideas?
Edited by chrisno1, 24 April 2011 - 09:48 PM.