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'Sticking closely to Fleming's blueprint, exotic locations, girls and gadgets are all accounted for, and the story is complemented perfectly by the narration of Jeremy Northam - clearly relishing his chance to play every boy's dream role.' BIG ISSUE --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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John Gardner began his career as a novelist in 1964, with 'The Liquidator', featuring the character Boysie Oakes. In 1981, Gardner was asked to revive Ian Fleming's James Bond series of novels. Gardner wrote fourteen James Bond novels, and the novelizations of two Bond films, License to Kill and Golden Eye. Jeremy Northam attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and received the prestigious Olivier Award, for outstanding newcomer, for his 1990 performance as Edward Voysey in THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE. In 1994 he made his American film debut in the thriller THE NET with Sandra Bullock, followed by his beloved portrayal of Mr. Knightley in Miramax's EMMA in 1995 starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. One of his best known roles was as Ivor Novello in the film GOSFORD PARK and he has also portrayed Sir Thomas More in the successful Showtime series THE TUDORS. Jeremy has read numerous audio books including titles by C.S. Lewis and Henry James and also Dark Matter by Michele Paver, for Orion. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Coward Mc Cann; First Edition edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069811163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698111639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Devin Zydel on July 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is without a doubt Gardner's finest work. SPECTRE has returned under the leadership of Nena Blofeld. Markus Bismaquer is a formidable villian and Cedar Leiter shines as a bond girl. What can anyone find wrong with this book? It is a masterpiece!
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Format: Paperback
This novel does very well with using James Bond on the US soil and fighting the reemergence of SPECTRE...having Felix Leiter's daughter in the mix is fun and then Nena...what a trip that was and all ranges of the psyche.
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Format: Hardcover
It was good to see the return of SPECTRE, but any reader will be able to pick up on the plot twist because it's so predictable. Also their is a lot of technical gibberish in this novel.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 on September 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was John Gardner's second James Bond novel and it was an improvement over his first. He resurrects SPECTRE in this one. The American military depicted in this book seems strangely reminiscent to the depiction in "Goldfinger." It was a little like déjà vu, nothing specific. It was almost like a wisp of memory.
My real objection in this book is James Bond's relationship with Felix Leiter's daughter. I think Ian Fleming would have objected.
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