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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340826010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340826010
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,474,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Which kept my attention while reading the book.
Great book and an awesome read for Brosnan's last outing as James Bond.
Ripley Clone 8
I have yet to see this movie, but the book was definitely good.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yes, I know they already made a film of "Moonraker" which had basically nothing to do with the book, so they're free to use plot elements. But it's almost shameless to use this many plot elements. A space weapon (only it's called "Icarus" instead of "Moonraker"), a "zero-to-hero" public persona for the villain (as well as his being honored by the Queen and not at all what he seems), the villain's blonde secretary who's a double (British S.S. and his secretary), a showdown at a club...I could go on and on. Why waste $$$ on this novelization when you could pick up Ian Fleming's original "Moonraker" at a library or used book store? It's much better, plus you get to see a "Bond Girl" who thinks he's stupid (at least at first, but then SHE dumps HIM). How rare is that!?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AReader on August 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
After a long string of highly successful Bond novels, this is Benson's last one. Having just read it, I can see why.

In addition to Benson's masterful Bond novels, I have always enjoyed his novelizations of the movies, as they have given the character extra depth, and turned sometimes lightweight movie scenes into deeply absorbing writing. His Bond feels far more real than the movies, while retaining the excitement, action and fun.

Admittedly, he had a pretty dumb screenplay to work with here (invisible cars, anyone?), but he hasn't even tried to write a book. This feels more like a notebook of scene directions than a story, and simply tells you everything Bond does without adding anything, i.e. "Bond ran across the corridor. He kicked open the door. He ran down the stairs. He shot his gun"... there are paragraphs of this stuff. No attempt to make it into a novel.

I think he just put the movie on TV, scribbled down everything he saw onscreen, handed in this literal description, took his paycheck and ran.

A sad ending to a great career writing Bond novels. Don't bother with this one.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By john rigon on November 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Raymond Benson has done a superb job with his own Bond series,combining the modern film Bond with the classic Fleming Bond.(its a shame that it appears that he won't be doing anymore)His novels are all fast paced entertaining reads.His novelisations of the Brosnan series have almost always improved on the movies-adding alot of character moments as well as a great deal of depth and dimension to the villians.This one,however,reads like a great action movie.The pace is relentless as it is basically one giant action scene after another following a shocking beginning where we see 007 as we have never seen him before.Now as a movie this will be alot of fun to see but as a novel it seems to be over much too quickly(I finished it in a day). The character moments Benson usually puts in his own series were few and far between because of the incredible pace of the story . While this works on film you end up missing these moments on the printed page and waiting for a little break in the action.That being said,this is filled with one incredible scene after another.In fact,you end up smiling and cheering just as you would in the movies.The action sequences are all original and exciting and 007 is better than ever...coming through the most harrowing experience he has ever been through on film.If this plays out as written it will easily be Brosnans best Bond film to date.Benson captures the feelings of a "Bond movie on paper" perfectly.This may not have the depth of his original stories but it has all the fun of the movies.
If this is his last Bond novel he has gone out in style.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dykes on January 12, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
It is hard to be objective when it comes to reviewing an audio book, as there are so many elements one can be sidetracked into reviewing. At the same time those elements have to be included in the review, but the most important part is always the audio itself.
The Unabridged Brilliance Audio Die Another Day Audio Book spans 4 casette tapes or 2 CDs and is approximately 6 hours in length. It is based upon Raymond Benson's 245 page novelisation of Die Another Day, which is taken from a screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Sitting down and listening to the adventure that is Die Another Day is a vastly different experience from sitting down and watching the adventure unfurl onscreen, but this doesn't ever seem to detract from the audio book, nor does it detract from the novelisation. It isn't necessarily true that Raymond Benson's work is better then the film, but the novel, and in turn the audio book, does posses a unique quality; scenes that will never appear on the silver screen. It is obvious when listing to the story that particular scenes, for instance flash backs, just won't make it to an print of Die Another Day. The novelisation definitely feels closer to Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies then The World Is Not Enough due to its added scenes.
The novelisation is read by American Michael Page, and first uncertainties about an American accent reading a Bond novel were soon dispelled. This is largely due to Page's theatre background, most modern actors aiming for a neutral accent that Page easily finds. Furthermore, he brings in accents for particular characters, some of which he does repeat, but never in the same scene. Jinx and Miranda Frost have particularly different accents and Zao's voice is brilliantly delivered.
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As of Spring 2013, Raymond Benson is the author of thirty published titles. These include the new BLACK STILETTO series ( featuring a 1950s costumed female vigilante: THE BLACK STILETTO (2011); THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE (2012); and the newest chapter, THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES (2013). He also wrote six original JAMES BOND novels (now collected in the recent anthologies THE UNION TRILOGY and CHOICE OF WEAPONS and available separately as Kindle books). His backlist of original thrillers are available as Kindle books: EVIL HOURS, FACE BLIND, TORMENT, ARTIFACT OF EVIL, and others. His classic reference book from 1984, THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, is now a revised Kindle book. Raymond is also a prolific tie-in writer: he penned three James Bond film novelizations, the first two best-selling TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL novels (for the latter he used the pseudonym of "David Michaels"), and with John Milius he wrote HOMEFRONT: THE VOICE OF FREEDO. He also produced novelizations of other popular videogames--METAL GEAR SOLID and METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY, and HITMAN (HITMAN: DAMNATION). There's a lot more, so if you want the full story visit the author at his website...!

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