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he disagreed with something that ate him

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#1 lasergirl



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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:08 PM

I read in Raymond Benson's "Bedside Companion" that Fleming originally killed Felix Leiter off in the hotel room... he was supposed to be a lot more shark-eaten than how it turned out. Personally, I'm glad Fleming bowed to the idea of his editor... Leiter turns out to be one of Bond's more reliable friends, even if he does turn up at odd moments, usually unannounced.

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:13 PM

It would have been a shame to have lost such a great character so early in the literary series. We would have missed so many great ‘buddy’ scenes had Leiter not survived.

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:15 PM

I concur completely.

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:19 PM

Welcome to the party, lasergirl.




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Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:40 PM

yes welcome aboard lasergirl

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 11:02 AM

I agree, Leiter is one of the best characters from the novels.

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#7 lasergirl



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Posted 19 September 2003 - 11:59 AM

Just realized this probably isn't the best place for this post. I can't get the hang of this message board yet *ducks* sorry mates.

(it's talk like a Pirate day, apparently)

I'm not too pleased with The James Bond Dossier which just basically dismisses Leiter as an inept dude for Bond toshow up when necessary -- he's a pretty competent character, even after being fed to sealife.

Of course I'm not that happy he's not in too many Benson books, either. *sigh* You can't have everything, I guess.

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 05:53 PM

i love the line that is the title of your thread. btw, welcome aboard...especially to a fellow torontonian.:)

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Posted 19 October 2003 - 05:50 PM

yeah canbt agree more with leiter being a great character in the books it just adds to the whole excitement of the stories he is involved with.

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Posted 19 October 2003 - 06:22 PM

It's a pity that the films did not portray the Leiter/Bond relationship the way that the books did. In the films, Leiter is usually just there to hold Bonds coat and does very little else.

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Posted 08 November 2003 - 11:36 AM

I agree. Leiter was like Bond's window on the USA in the novels....telling him how to dress to blend in, what dishes to try at restaurants etc.

Everyone should have a mate like Felix!

The use of the line "He disagreed with something that ate him" had a different feel when used in LTK for me. It was suitably sadistic and nasty. But in the LALD novel, when accompanied by the line "ps. we have plenty more jokes as good as this" - it seemed to be the work of a common thug...making Leiter's near demise even more annoying for Bond.