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Carte Blanche (James Bond - Extended Series #37)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  6,870 ratings  ·  872 reviews
Published May 26th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2011)
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Christopher Gordon
I really wanted to love this book, to slap 5 stars up and tell the world to go and enjoy this while the 3rd Daniel Craig movie takes yet another long year to film. Especially when you consider that Jeffrey Deaver is a world class thriller writer and the Daniel Craig Bond movies have demonstrated it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossbile task of modernising Bond and still maintain his essential anti-hero arrogance, unpleasantness, and cruelty all wrapped up in a redemptive package of bra ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the new, updated Bond
Whenever I read Ian Fleming Bond stories, I picture Daniel Craig as 007. I know I should be picturing Connery or Moore, or even Brosnan, and not the "Blonde Bond", but I can't help it -- Casino Royale was the first Bond film that engaged me. Previously, I had only seen a few minutes of a Brosnan Bond flick with an ice castle that only left me thinking how stupid the whole franchise must be. So after reading Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories and Doctor No, I'm excited to se ...more
We are gathered here together to witness the joyous union between the James Bond literary franchise, and the successfully established thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver.

And like any good wedding, we've ensured that we've observed the traditions.

Something Old:

James Bond is back - with all the high adventure, bizarre villains, and beautiful women (with whimsical names). Bond drinks the finest wines, consumes fabulous meals, and drives fast and exotic cars. And Deaver's gone way back to the beginning
In reviewing Carte Blanche, I’m going to be referencing all sorts of things Bond-related, from the films to Fleming’s Bond to some of the other literary versions. I think its important to note, right from the start, that I’m a Bond fan (probably safe to assume, given my speedy reading of this). But what sort of Bond fan?

My favourite book is Fleming’s OHMSS (along with Thunderball, From Russia with Love and Dr No); My favourite films are Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Casino Royale; My favou
I read all the Ian Fleming Bond novels when I was fourteen-fifteen. I had to hide them from my mother as she didn't approve. I've followed all the "new " novels since Fleming's death: Kingsly Amis(as by Robert Markham, those of John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Charlie Higson(the young Bond series), and the one by Sebastian faulks. Even the two by Christopher woods based on the scripts for The Spy Who Loved Me and moonraker, both sufficiently different that a few name changes, and title, and you'd h ...more
When I think of a reboot of James Bond, I think about Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies and all the newer Bond movies. Carte Blanche is the first novel in the Bond series to get a reboot; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former smoker. These are the only real big differences I can see in this novel. Everything you would expect in a Bond novel/movie is still here; the cars (a Bentley Continental GT and even a Subaru Impreza WRX) the girls (so many of them), the gadgets (including a custom ip ...more
Jeffery Deaver doing James Bond is like having Robert Downey, Jr. play... Sherlock Holmes. Well done, but with serious disconnects on multiple levels. One needs to just enjoy the story as a story, and suspend complaints about deviations from Fleming's ideal. Though I am enjoying the story, I think Deaver needs to get back to Lincoln Rhyme.
Well paced.
But, while Deaver is intent on reiterating Bond’s tastes in fast cars, sharp attire, and quality booze, he misses what originally made 007 such an iconic figure. Ian Fleming’s James Bond, arising from the conformism of the 1950s, carried the appeal of being an outsider within the system, someone who exercised the freedom of his “licensed-to-kill” status to create his own rules, bucking convention. Fleming’s Bond worked on very long tether from HQ as he pursued his quarries, as in his
Rick Riordan
This is the newest reincarnation of James Bond, and I was interested in seeing how Deaver would reinvent 007 as a 21st Century British operative. I’ll admit I’m not an avid James Bond fan, though I liked Sean Connery in Dr. No, and I’ve read Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. I was impressed with Deaver’s interpretation. He stayed true to the spirit of Bond, but added his own impeccable plotting, which frankly made a lot more sense than many of the Bond movies. All in all, Deaver successfully transpla ...more
Jeffery Deaver accomplished something beyond the capacities that I expect from contemporary writers: he wrote a twenty-first century Bond novel that reads exactly as a Bond novel set in the twenty-first century should. Since Fleming passed away and the Bond name and series continued without him, a handful of authors have added to the Bond canon with varying measures of success, yet without capturing the vitality--the soul, you could say--that makes Fleming's books so good. Somehow, Deaver has ca ...more
Jeffery Deaver hat früher gute Thriller geschrieben, aber das liegt lange, sehr lange zurück. Seit einigen Jahren produziert Deaver allerdings bestenfalls Mittelmaß, wenn nicht sogar schlicht Mist. Dazu gehört auch dieser Roman, der von sich behauptet, ein James-Bond-Roman zu sein. Ein Mann namens James Bond taucht in dem Buch auch auf, er hat nur überhaupt nichts mit Ian Flemings Romanhelden und schon gar nichts mit den Leinwandinkarnationen zu tun. James-Bond-Fans - von denen der Rückentext be ...more
Arun Divakar
The charm of Pierce Brosnan while enacting the character of James Bond has been a major factor for my getting interested in the British spy. Which other character gets to ride the sexiest cars, make love to stunning women, shoot with unerring accuracy, wear brooks brothers & saville row suits and save the world in the process ? This was my superficial view of this arrogant, selfish, brutal and outright chauvinistic thug whom Fleming conjured in his novels. There have been offshoots after Fle ...more
Jeffery Deaver was hired to do a modern reboot of 007 novels just as Daniel Craig was brought in to the film franchise. Similar Big Name. Similar Big Results.

When I have recommended Fleming's Bond books to people in the past I've told them that, while they are completely formulaic and a product of their time, they transcend the limits of formula thrillers and the constraints of outdated ideology through a careful literary feel for when to bypass the formula and a studied political ear for when
I was hoping that the combination of one of my favorite authors (Jeffery Deaver) and my favorite fictional characters would be a slam dunk good read. We're bringing Bond into the modern era. I expected more of an influence of the new movie style on Bond: gritty, hard, deeply flawed, emotionally damaged but still likable. Sadly, I was disappointed.

Where the true James Bond (misogynist, elitist, specialist, connoisseur, womanizer) should be is a broken ex-military man with an intense love for his
Got half way and gave up reading it. Boring, slow-moving plot.
With every property getting a reboot these days 007 was one that sorely needed it. The resulting work ushers in a new era for James Bond and modernizes his world to be contemporary, complex and compelling.

Carte Blanche re-establishes James Bond for 2011 and gives us actual insight into his character. A veteran of Afghanistan, recruited into an off the books division of MI6 known as The Overseas Development Group, Jeffery Deaver goes to great and effective lengths to balance the mundane paperwork
Alex Gherzo
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This was a very enjoyable book. I gave it an 4star rating and it is almost there for me. I have been reading Jeffrey Deaver's for quite some time but have been disappointed with his last few books. Reading ‘Carte Blanche,’ with 007James Bond as the hero, I feel as if Deaver may have come back to his previous style and high quality of writing. “Carte Blanche” is a completely modern thriller based upon today’s world concerns of personal and financial safety and privacy. This is a hot topic and pla ...more
Stephen Embry
Deaver's take on Bond, not quite as satisfying as Fleming, but adequate. Deaver tries to update Bond and turn him into a modern, more sensitive man, but the essence of Bond is bound to a 1950's perceptive, but insensitive cold warrior sure of his moorings. Fleming's novels appeal because Bond is revealed through his actions, rather than his musings, and his actions rather than action. More than half of Moonraker is filled with the delights of dinner and driving as enjoyed by Bond, action and adv ...more
Jack Silkstone
There is no doubt in my mind that Jeffrey Deaver can write. His work embodies all of the tenants of a good read. In saying that this novel is a real let down for many many other reasons.

For starters it is obvious that Mr Deaver has a very limited understanding of both Bond and the world he operates in. Bond is ruthless, charming, rugged, chauvinistic and a bit of an altruist. Deaver's character comes across as a bit of a namby pamby. All equal opportunities and first name, open plan offices. In
Book Him Danno
I was excited to read the latest James Bond, especially since it was going to be a modern Bond, much like Daniel Craig portrays in the new movies. For me he has revitalized the series, moving away from the over the top cartoonish aspects of the previous few Bonds, and going more towards the hard hitting thriller agent a la Jason Bourne and the like. This really hit home when I read Devil May Care awhile back featuring a period Bond; a very boring book.

Jeffrey Deaver, an outstanding thrill write
Skip Maloney
Having been a big fan of the original James Bond back in high school, I had read a few of the books by others, who attempted to keep him alive and kicking; primarily John Gardner, and Kingsley Amis. I was intrigued by the very fact of Deaver's book, because among the many who've tried, he was the first whose work I knew beforehand.
Bond was a character born of the Cold War, when espionage and the tales it spawned were a reflection of the times in which they were written. Bond inhabited a world so
Daniel Cann
The problem facing every author tackling James Bond is they will always be compared to creator Ian Fleming’s version. The other issue for them will be the public’s own expectations and understanding of the character. Everyone has their own interpretation and with millions having read the books and an estimated one fifth of the world’s population having seen at least one of the films then best-selling crime author Jeffery Deaver had a thankless task on his hands.

In a bold move Deaver has opted to
Doug Clark
To finish up on my late book reviews, in late August I finished Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver has been designated by the Ian Fleming estate to carry on the World of James Bond in literature. Bond, the preeminent sophisticated spy was created by Ian Fleming, a member of the British Secret Service during WWII. Bond was a fictional outgrowth of Fleming's own experiences. Fleming's novels started with Casino Royale in 1953 and ended with The Man with the Golden Gun upon his death in 1964 ( ...more
Frank Hughes
Carte Blanche is an admirable effort by novelist Jeffery Deaver to "reboot" the James Bond series in much the same way Sherlock Holmes was in the BBC series "Sherlock", by simply moving the existing back story forward in time and starting over from scratch. Unfortunately, the results are not the same.

All the timeworn ingredients are there: orphaned as a teenager, raised by his aunt in Pett Bottom, service in war, a Bentley, a Walther pistol, a Rolex, wine and food snobbery, a love of scrambled
What did I think? I just finished reading Jeffery Deaver's book: Garden of Beasts, and that was one hell of a book. Imaginative, smartly done, and a really cool narrative arc. The exposition was terrific, and I sensed the author's passion for the work. It was really well done, an excellent, well written book. However, I cannot say the same for Carte Blanche. It seemed like Deaver was just going through the motions, packing a "new" story about a previously created character into another installme ...more
Ben Guilfoy
James Bond has only a few days to stop some kind of an attack that could cost thousands of lives. But his only information is a decrypted text message stating the date of the attack, not the location or the method.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this novel. I always knew that the literary James Bond was quite different from what the film franchise has become, and I've read some of the original novels. This novel is slower and more methodical, featuring more mystery and investigation by B
Tyler Hill
It must be a fairly thankless task to try to update James Bond for the modern era. You can either try to be true to Flemming's original portrayal, in which case you are struggling to write a thoroughly outdated racist, sexist Anglo-centerist as a sympathetic character. Or, you can do what Deaver does him, and largely scrub him of his less admirable traits, in which case you are left with a fairly bland spy. Either way, you are going to turn off about half your audience.

From my persepctive, I th
Well-all I can say is-it must have seemed a good idea to the publishers at the time! I'm not really a Jeffery Deaver fan-apparently he is some kind of internationally famous author--but there's bits of this that don't ring any where true-e g-

(1)Bond acting as "body guard" to a millionaire's son who is being bullied by a gang of Chavs-he sorts them out-then gets there names and addresses from their driving licences-which they are carrying with them!!Chav bullies with driving licences??? and what
Andrew Jacobson
Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel by Jeffery Deaver (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. 432 pp) originally posted at

Born outside Chicago, Jeffery Deaver earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Prior to becoming a bestselling author, Deaver was a journalist, folksinger and attorney. Having written thirty books, Deaver has won numerous awards. For The Bodies Left Behind, he won Novel
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
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Other Books in the Series

James Bond - Extended Series (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
  • Live and Let Die (James Bond #2)
  • Moonraker (James Bond, #3)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond, #4)
  • From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5)
  • Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
  • Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
  • For Your Eyes Only (James Bond, #8)
  • Thunderball (James Bond, #9)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (James Bond, #10)

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