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The World Is Not Enough Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Mr. Benson has written three previous Bond novels of his own design: ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, HIGH TIME TO KILL. And, while none of them tops Fleming at his best (FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) or Deighton at his worst (CATCH A FALLING SPY, THE BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN), they nonetheless manage to be breezy, entertaining espionage fantasies, as much fun as nineties pulp fiction can be. Unfortunately, when he writes novelizations, Mr. Benson seems to lose that sense of fun. Action pieces that should be energetic and high powered become flat and labored, romance becomes silly, and locations lose their exotic flavor.
The only time the TWINE novelization comes to life is in the opening sequence, in which Bond escapes from a sniper attack in Bilbao and chases a female bomber along the Thames. The setup, too, is intriguing, especially the briefing that occurs in Thane Castle (complete with holographic displays).
From there, the book quickly runs out of gas. The imagination that went into the first act suddenly disappears, turning the entire effort into a Defuse the Bomb scenario.
The Q scene is ludicrous. The locations are threadbare and lack the gloss of previous outings. The villain's plot to irradiate the oil fields of the Caspian Sea meets with little more than a shrug. (Does it really matter who's controlling the world's oil supply?) And the less said of Dr. Christmas Jones, the better.
I can only partly blame Mr. Benson.Read more ›
Added to this mess is Benson's tone of voice. We sense, as we do in his previous 007 efforts, that he's nervous about writing a Bond novel. As a result, he lacks the confident, booming authorial voice of a seasoned novelist. Oh, he does try to convince us that he knows what he's doing: he struggles to add background material to some characters, but he pours the information all at once. Take, for instance, the villain Renard: the background of the character appears late in the novel, taking up almost an entire chapter and, consequently, disrupts the main narrative. To make matters worse, we learn nothing new about our man Bond. He's so bland that he is nothing more than nine letters on a page that comprise the name "James Bond."
And let us not forget the laughable travelogue narrative. Benson's description of cities and places is more suitable for an elementary school geography book, not a spy thriller.Read more ›
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Movie novelizations aren't really on my literary radar at all, unless they're James Bond movie tie-ins written by Raymond Benson. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Swordsman
I never quite got around to seeing this Bond flick. I am a casual fan, meaning that I eventually get around to seeing them, but not usually in the theater. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by DWD's Reviews
I read the novelization of "Tomorrow Never Dies" before reading this. The thing I noticed with Benson is that in his novelizations he writes in third-person omniscent, allowing the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2002
I saw the movie before i read the book so I knew everything that would happen but Benson does do an excellent job of explaining things!Published on January 8, 2002 by Jim Fox
Raymond Benson's second novel based on a screenplay is not entirely intriguing. It contains the detail and depth of character evident in his "Tomorrow Never Dies" that was a... Read morePublished on September 23, 2000 by gobirds2
The world is not enough is the #1 book if you like action , excitment, and adventure its a book based on the 19th bond movie if you like bond you will like this!Published on June 12, 2000 by Chris
Being a Bond fan since I was a kid, I naturally can find little fault with Mr. Benson's novelisation of the screenplay. Read morePublished on April 29, 2000 by Mario Pollacchi
This is the Best book in the Bond collection. I found this book a real page turner. I loved the action scenes in the book because they were described so well. Read morePublished on April 24, 2000 by Ryan McGinnis
Okay 007 fans, this book was a waste of time. It was so bad, that I couldn't finish it. The boat chase at the start of the book did not translate will, nor did the mountain... Read morePublished on March 30, 2000