Book Club was very cozy this month….. Philipp and I enjoyed a warm evening at Bellini’s discussing Bond…. James Bond ☺
The words that were used to best describe the book Bonds were: Entertaining, descriptive from both Bond’s perspective and the “girls” perspective, likes his food and wine, is very lucky, not everything is planned, and well written.
Everyone ( ☺ ) loved the book version of the films……. Even though half the group (ha ha ha ) read only Casino Royal it was enough to get a good sense of the book James Bond VS the movie James Bond. We agreed that it was a much more gritty character that surfaced as opposed to a few of the coiffed versions that have come out in the films.
What was very evident was that the endings in the book were never the same as in the movies. The book endings (forgive the pun) were well adapted to the story, however understanding that the more “sensational” movie endings were more dramatic visually.
Although chosen for their light hearted qualities, the Bond Books actually have a serious set of recurring themes, as Ian Flemming wanted his books to be a reflection of his time; Britains position in the world: Imperial power ( back then of course ☺ ), Effects of the war: Second World War, Comradeship: friendship that arise with male ally that he works with during a mission, the “traitor within”: ever present traitor theme, Good VS Evil: obvious in every book, Anglo-American relations: A paradox of their superficial ally relationship and the resentment of America and Americans. Leiter is American and a friend but he takes orders from Bond and Bond is always better than him!!
What is also quite amusing is Bond’s obvious male chauvinism, so beautifully described in this quote of course courtesy of Philipp ☺ “ These blithering women who thought they could do a man’s work. Why the hell couldn’t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their focks and gossip and leave men’s work to men”…..Priceless, no more comment needed….
I had also printed Ian Flemmings biography (from wikepedia) and it was very interesting to draw the parallels as well as the opposites between them.
Finally the only thing Philipp and I disagreed about was who was the best Bond …. For Philipp, the clear choice Rowan Atkinson for his portrayal of Bond in Johnny English ☺….. I of course am way way way more partial to Daniel Craig….. do I really have to give a reason !!!!
And finally and just by chance I saw that there is a British television series based on Ian Flemings life before the James Bond books, call FLEMING ☺ if you have a chance take a look.
For next month’s book we are staying with the book to movie theme with an entertaining book written from the “boys” perspective:
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.