Re: Re: RARA-AVIS: James Bond
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 22:22:46 EST

In a message dated 11/25/99 1:50:15 AM, you wrote:

<<>Was that in CASINO ROYALE? It's been more than 20 years since I read it, but
>for some reason I thought that scene was in Kingsley Amis' COLONEL SUN.

Gotta be CASINO ROYALE. I never read COLONEL SUN.

Bill Crider>>

Colonel Sun also has a terrifically brutal torture sequence -- Amis deliberately set out to outdo Fleming's Casino Royale scene. Sun's approach is different, however; he specifically avoids the genitals.

Colonel Sun was/is the best non-Fleming James Bond novel, nicely evoking Fleming while subtly humanizing the character, although the current author, novice novelist Raymond Benson, has been doing some nice, solid work. John Gardner's novels, were, in my opinion, uniformly mediocre -- but they kept the franchise alive through the Eighties.


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