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In Topic: Is TLD the most faithful adaptation?

22 September 2014 - 07:55 PM

Somebody, somewhere else, wrote an article showing how the PTS does in fact incorporate the Fleming short story. As for the rest of the story/film, the villain's lair is underground, we've got underground scenes at film's end. Both story and film take place in France. The story's got gypsies and the film has Grace Jones. Couple of other similarities too.



Both end with a fight on the Golden Gate bridge, and Fleming also quotes the Beach Boys.


Getting back to the original post, I wouldn't class TLD as the most faithful adaptation. One big difference is that in the original Trigger really is a KGB assassin, rather than an innocent dupe in an insanely convoluted plot hatched by the defector. The film makes Bond say he only kills professionals, which makes his refusal less shocking and less a dereliction of duty than it was in Fleming. And the film doesn't have the depressed, accidie-ridden mood of the story either--you don't get the sense of an increasingly bored and soul-sickened Bond waiting days to commit murder and slowly falling in love with a girl he sees on the street. That's not a knock on the film, which is still one of the best Bond movies. But it does mean that TLD is perhaps more true to the letter than to the spirit of the original. I'd place CR in that category as well. On the other hand, the films of GF and OHMSS noticeably deviate from their sources, but feel true to their spirit.

In Topic: Goldeneye - Ian Fleming's Jamaica

28 August 2014 - 02:20 AM

The reviews have been unanimously positive, a very good sign.


Sinclair McKay praised it in The Telegraph


The Spectator


The Guardian


The Independent


The Financial Times


And no less an authority than Andrew Lycett gave his approval in The Literary Review


There's also an interview with the author, Andrew Taylor, on youtube.


Lastly, The Spectator also ran an article by Fleming's stepdaughter, titled "Was Ian Fleming as cool as his brother?"

In Topic: Showing Licence To Kill to a kid... thoughts.

21 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

I first watched LTK when I was nine, and I loved it. The violence didn't strike me as much worse than that in Batman, which I saw in the movie theater slightly earlier. My parents were frequent watchers of the Bond films, and one of the first images I remember is the gold-painted lady in Goldfinger (which I remember being a bit scary, but nothing else in the films was like that). I think that the sexy parts of the Bond movies tend to go over kids' heads, and the violent bits are often stylized enough to avoid being traumatic.

In Topic: Film CritHULK on James Bond

18 July 2014 - 08:19 PM



Yup. I jumped ship mid-way through his thoughts on FRWL. It also didn't help that the author engaged in so much preliminary hand-wringing about the Bond films being moral pornography, before wallowing in how guilty he felt about enjoying the films. Why not be forthright and simply attack what you don't like and praise what you do?

In Topic: Sky's four-part serial Fleming

07 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

Nicholas Rankin, author of the book Ian Fleming's Commandos, wrote a three-part blog post on Fleming for the Oxford University Press Blog. He has good fun dismantling the series' delusions of historicity. Start here and continue here and end here.