Live & Let Die: Reviews and Ratings
Posted 10 May 2003 - 01:00 PM
This thread is intended for reviews and ratings of Live & Let Die by members of the The Blades Library Book Club here.
Please do not reply directly to reviews in this thread, rather start a new thread to ask questions or post comments about reviews.
Posted 12 May 2003 - 09:15 PM
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Posted 14 May 2003 - 10:08 AM
I rate it 4 stars out of five, I think it's really good.
Posted 14 May 2003 - 09:56 PM
One of my favourite really!!
Posted 03 July 2003 - 08:35 PM
Ian Fleming created a great genre in Casino Royale, but he mastered it in Live And Let Die.
Posted 06 July 2003 - 09:18 PM
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Posted 28 July 2003 - 04:12 PM
Originally posted by DanMan
The end scenes when Bond and Solitaire are being dragged through the water is probobly the most tense scene that I have ever read.
I wonder why they showed up in the FYEO movie....?
Posted 14 August 2003 - 07:22 AM
I especially felt sorry for that conductor that be-friened Bond on the train.
Posted 17 August 2003 - 11:45 PM
Posted 25 August 2003 - 03:47 PM
I love this book. It may be favorite Fleming in that its a great Fleming story that was not properly translated to film. Which makes me like the book better than say OHMSS.
The one bad thing is all the "Negroes" besides Mr. Big who say things like "Yassuh!" Mr. Big in contrast is truyly a great villain and written very well.
This book perfects "the Fleming sweep" and you can see it's influence on all the later Bond novels and the films. You can also see how ol' Ian spent his winter vacation in 1954.
Posted 24 September 2003 - 08:40 PM
Posted 25 October 2003 - 11:42 PM
Originally posted by deth
I wonder why they showed up in the FYEO movie....?
Great book which has been cut up and used throughout the film series. Every time I read it I wish they would go back and make a LALD film based squarely on the book. Fleming's approach is much more visual in this one than in Casino Royale.
Posted 26 October 2003 - 02:20 AM
Posted 26 October 2003 - 04:04 AM
It's an excellent read, but I'll give it four stars for now...only because I haven't read enough Fleming to judge it properly.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 12:03 PM
Their next meeting in DAF after Leiter's surgery was very touching.
Excellent book.... makes the film even more annoying in comparison.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 01:17 AM
Posted 23 January 2004 - 08:24 AM
The friendsihp development with Lieter is a highlight and the relationship with Solitare is interesting and well done. The scenes in Harlem early in the book are interesting. The highlights for me has got to be the duel with the Robber in the warehouse and Bond's attempt to access The Big Man's island and the fight with the barracuda.
It would make a great book to film transfer even now. Pity they chopped it up for a handful of movies.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 03:28 PM
Edited by dajman_007, 10 February 2004 - 03:57 PM.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:18 PM
LOL! It is a great read, but straightforward copying from the books had been done by then pretty much, and the book did have some controversial material at the time. Still, one of my all time favorites from the master.
I just finished LALD a few days ago and I would have given it 10 stars if I could've. The only bad part of the book was the '73 movie that followed. This is probably the best bond novel I've read except possibly HTTK by Raymond Benson. There was never a dull moment. Why couldn't the movie follow the book. WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?
Posted 26 November 2005 - 06:29 AM
Ian Fleming picked up where he left off following his debut novel Casino Royale and the result is Live And Let Die. Though not quite as good as the first book, LALD, nevertheless, is an entertaining and fun read. The novel is full of action as Bond goes up against a large criminal organization led by the mysterious and dangerous Buonaparte Ignace Gallia aka Mr. Big.
On this adventure Fleming sends Bond to New York and he immediately becomes the target of Gallia's virtual all-Black organization. When Bond comes face to face with Mr. Big, Fleming once again displays a knack for creating eccentric, unique, and disturbing individuals. From Mr. Big's grotesque appearance featuring a gray-colored, football-shaped head and the voodoo symbolism all around him to Tee-Hee Johnson's perpetual laughter, it is clear that Bond is in trouble. That point is further driven home in a well-written scene which sees Bond receiving his second dose of torture in as many books. (Hope the man has good insurance.)
While Bond is injured, at least he has a couple of good allies on his side. Simone Latrelle aka Solitaire is a somewhat naive and frightened girl who can also see the future, who nevertheless decides to jump to Bond's side. It is her escaping Gallia that drives the plot to the Florida coast and on to Jamaica. The other significant ally is the amiable Felix Leiter who is always a joy to behold and never more so than in this book. He and 007 really "bond" in this novel and so it is even more of a shock when the reader learns of the tragedy that befalls Leiter. Driving that point home is the sick message left by Gallia's man in Florida, The Robber: "He disagreed with something that ate him." Bond's confrontation with The Robber in the marine warehouse is tightly written and one can't help but approve of Bond's method of revenge. The Robber has only two scenes in the entire book but both carry a lot of weight making them distinctly memorable and him one of Fleming's better henchmen.
In Jamaica we meet two more of Bond's allies--John Strangways and Quarrel. Neither play a huge role in the outcome of the story but they are a likable duo who also give Bond valuable information as he prepares to confront Mr. Big.
Bond's undersea journey to the Caribbean island is very suspenseful and one can't help but feel uneasy with 007 literally swimming with sharks and barracuda. Fleming really knew his underwater stuff and that is in evidence here. The aforementioned uneasy feeling is topped only by the climax of the story where Bond and Solitaire are about to be keelhauled over a coral reef toward the awaiting oceanic predators on the other side and Bond coldly decides to drown his fellow prisoner before their intended fate is met. The setup is full of suspence in what turns out to be a race against time between the ticking of a timer and the speed of a yacht. Once again the villain's demise is appropriate and just, although Fleming's painting of that picture via the descriptions of the sights and sounds of Gallia's final seconds are a bit unsettling.
The big problem with the book is Fleming's attempt at imitating Black people's speech. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work and gets more in the way of storytelling that it does in just telling the story and it makes the people speaking seem less intelligent. Nevertheless, there are many more good points to recommend the novel. The plot is good and the action brisk and fast. The returning characters grow from the first novel, particularly Bond and Leiter and their budding friendship, and one is anxious to see the next chapter in the 007 saga. And for a writer, that is a mission well accomplished.
Rating: 006 out of 007
Posted 20 December 2005 - 05:46 PM
It is bigger and better than Casino Royale. There is more pages and more action. It is on the same scale as the Bond movies.
Fleming was proud of the way he had wrote the Carriabean accents, and so should he. He did a wonder full job of doing it.
A great read and a great thriller.
Well done again Fleming for giving us a good sequel.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 06:44 PM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:43 PM
I managed to get a bargain on one of the old Pan editions (I believe it's the 1964 edition although I can't remember off the top of my head) and began reading it as soon as I got home. I was very excited to finally read one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. Before this I had only read John Gardner's GoldenEye novelization, as well as Raymond Benson's novelizations of Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.
As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. I was busy with school at the time, so it took me a few days to get through it all, but I enjoyed every page of it. I loved how Ian Fleming described everything in lots of detail, and how I could easily picture everything in my head. Every scene was just as exciting as the last, and it was my favorite Bond book up until I read Casino Royale a few weeks ago.
I'll say it gets four out of five stars.