Devil May Care (James Bond (Extended Series) #36)
Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth on May 28, 1908.
An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event lea...more
This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Ian Fleming, the British writer who created the character of James Bond. What better way to celebrate than to contract a respected British writer of historical, WWII-era novels to concoct a new Bond tale, set in 1967, immediately after Fleming's last, posthumously published Bond book, The Man with the Golden Gun?
You will note that I did not give any plot description in the above premise. There are two rea...more
This is the first Bond novel I've ever picked up, which in hindsight may have been a bit foolish as this novel is in the style of Ian Fleming, but I've never actually read any of Fleming's work. Irregardless though, this novel was well written, fast paced and interesting.
One thing I particularly liked, as a fan of the Bond films is that you could place nearly any Bond into the shoes of the Bond you're reading. I say nearly because I felt as though I couldn't place Pierce Brosnan...more
Although I might agree that the Bond series has never been extremely...more
At the start I loved this - Faulks writes it as a straight follow up to Fleming's last Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun. Faulks writes very much as Fleming did and it was great fun to go back to that style and enjoy Bond the literary character as opposed to the movie version (which I also love,...more
The book seems true to the Fleming formula - apparently accurate descriptions, non-too-subtle racism, sexism and homophobia, and a rather simplistic analysis of the contemporary international political situation. Faulks is obviously self-aware as he writes and treads the fi...more
Well it is not a perfect book by any means though and I won't claim it as such. Author Sebastian Faulks tries too hard at times to make his style Fleming's style and the plot seems to be taken from...more
Since his death, several writers have taken turns churning out 007 adventures, most notably John Gardner and Raymond Benson.
Now, to celebrate the 100th birthday, Sebastian Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming, of course, takes a turn at Bond with his new novel "Devil May Care".
Unlike Gardner and Benson, who both put Fleming's Bond in modern times without really aging him, Faulks picks u...more
This Bond novel finds 007 on a mandatory sabbatical after a rough assignment. He is lounging around in Paris, trying not to work and very nearly failing. When M cal...more
Bond: Do You expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die!
This novel captured the feel of the old original Ian Fleming "cold war" bond that other writers have attempted to capture without much success. John Gardner's "License Renewed" came close, but in subsequent novels Gardner seemed to rejoice not in true Bond action, but rather in Bond's sexual escapades, turning Bond into something of a sexual gymnast rather than a su...more
My enthusiasm isn’t the same for the books.
I’ve only read three of the original Ian Fleming novels (“Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” and “The Spy who loved me”). And I must confess, reading all three were a chore. I kept looking around for the teacher who had assigned the homework. I had to remind myself that I was reading th...more
As my literary tastes matured over the years (not to mention my feminist awareness) I began to read more widely, more deeply and more intelligently. Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong was one of ma...more
Though several critics questioned the Fleming estate's choice of author, literary novelist Sebastian Faulks does a passable job of mimicking the master and his straightforward, action-packed style. Bond, the unapologetic playboy and quintessential secret agent, still relies on wit, charm, and quick reflexes to carry the day. Bond enthusiasts will encounter old friends like M and Moneypenny, and new characters will seem strangely familiar, having been closely modeled on Fleming's former creations...more
The best aspect of "Devil May Care" is the deci...more
A quick fun read for fans of James Bond. Set back in the late sixties during the cold war we are treated to all the elements of an exciting Bond story, exotic locations, incredible stunts and a sinister villain of course not forgetting a beautiful heroine. This time the heroine is Scarlett who turns out to be not quite what Bond had expected!
Sebastian Faulks is an author whose novels I have always enjoyed reading. As for the character James Bond as created...more
But I'm confused. Maybe i'm making too much of it but the novel is set during the days of the Vietnam war and there are quite a few references to Tehran being in Persia with not a single reference to Iran. Perhaps thi...more
Case 1: In Devil May Care, Sebastian Faulks writes as Ian Fleming. "as Ian Fleming?" Personally, I don't think this novel read like a Fleming. Some parts, maybe; others, certainly not. Faulk's Bond's dialect didn't truly capture Fleming's Bond's dialogue(just something about it). He's not a bad writer, he's actually good, he just should have not tried to force himself to write with Fleming's style.
Case 2: Sebastian Faulks said th...more