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Anyone read the latest Bond book by Sebastian Faulks? I just finished it over the weekend. It is supposed to be a continuation of the original Ian Fleming era Bond so it's set in the 60's instead of the Gardner books which have Bond in a more modern era.

I did find the book somewhat entertaining, but overall, it was dissappointing. It all just seemed like a cheap copy, from the bad guys, to the women to the storyline. All been done before and done better, (except maybe the mid-east location). Not sure why this author was picked but I think they could have done better.
 

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As far as I know, Bond rewrites, be they books or movies, have to use elements from the Ian Fleming estate.

That's why the film "Never Say Never Again" seemed familiar -- they took "Thunderball" and used every element in that script to make "Never Say Never Again." :)
 

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Are you talking about the McClory lawsuit?

FYI. He was involved with Fleming to write a screenplay for what was to be the first Bond movie, way back when. That movie didn't happen, but Fleming used the material for the Thunderball book, which he claimed sole credit for, which naturally pissed off McClory. The end result was that he got movie rights to that storyline also, and eventually made the Never Say Never Again movie which was basically a redo of Thunderball.
 

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The newest Bond film has a familar theme: "driven by revenge."

The next James Bond film is to be called "Quantum of Solace," producers have confirmed.

The title is taken from one of a collection of short stories published by 007 creator Ian Fleming in 1960.

Producer Michael Wilson said the film would have "twice as much action" as 2006's Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig debut as the iconic secret agent.

The next outing, previously known as Bond 22, is partly being shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

"He's looking for revenge, you know, to make himself happy with the world again."

Craig said the cryptic title referenced how Bond's heart had been broken at the end of Casino Royale.

"Ian Fleming had written about relationships," he explained.

"When they go wrong, when there's nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire's gone out, there's no quantum of solace.

"And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace."

Craig said the new film would follow 007 as he goes out "to find the guy who's responsible".

"So he's looking for revenge, you know, to make himself happy with the world again.

"But the title also alludes to something else in the film," he added.

'Driven by revenge.'"
 
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