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No Deals, Mr. Bond (John Gardner's Bond #6)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  671 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Charter (first published January 1st 1987)
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Thomas Strömquist
Bond pulls out a group of young double agents from East Germany in the wake of a blown "honeypot" operation. Five years later, someone is killing them off, despite new identities. 'M' sends Bond outside of any sanctions or support for reasons I cannot exactly remember 200 pages later... A very nice surprise for me, Gardner's no. 6 is a good and entertaining Bond story. I think much of his success lies in keeping it simple; the storyline in this one could be summarized in quite few words. Bond is ...more
DiscoSpacePanther
This was the first James Bond book that I have read as an adult. I ploughed my way through the Ian Fleming novels when I was eleven or twelve, and thoroughly enjoyed their blend of sex, violence and mid- 20th Century adventure. I then continued to get my Bond fix from the John Gardner 007 novels from the '80s, which I enjoyed to a lesser degree, but still enjoyed despite the jarring oddities (Bond drives a Saab 900? Really?).

So now, about 30 years later I picked up "No Deals, Mr. Bond", and thou
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Steve Mitchell
John Gardner’s sixth book in the James Bond series is quite a fast paced affair. Following Bond’s part in allowing a group of agents to flee Redland ‘in their socks’ it becomes apparent that the KGB have tracked them down and are exacting a terrible revenge five years on. M sends Bond in to save the surviving spies from their horrible fate; Bond must go native with no help from the service and he will be left in the cold should he fall foul of even our own police. By using his own contacts from ...more
Tim Petersik
Dec 20, 2014 Tim Petersik rated it really liked it
Not Ian Fleming, but still a fun romp with all the elements of a typical Bond thriller.
William
Nov 08, 2012 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
The best of the Gardner Bond novels so far in the series. Gardner seems to be hitting his stride.
Peter O'Brien
Jul 20, 2011 Peter O'Brien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Bond Fans
Shelves: james-bond
Previously, the only John E. Gardner novel I had read was his novelization of 1989's Licence to Kill. My biggest qualm with that book was the filmic pace which it painfully transplanted onto the literary Bond. However, as the book was a novelization of a film script this can be forgiven. What I cannot forgive, though, is Gardner adopting the same technique in an original novel, as is the case with No Deals, Mr Bond.

No Deals, Mr Bond concerns Bond's mission to retrieve a collection of people who
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Bob Garrett
Dec 31, 2014 Bob Garrett rated it really liked it
As far as I know, this is the only Bond novel to include the main character’s name in the title. In retrospect, that surprises me, given how popular said character actually is. Wouldn’t they sell even more copies if each book was clearly identified as a Bond novel (not that they aren’t pretty clearly identified as such anyway, I guess)?

Regardless, this title stands out for another reason: Unless I missed it – and I’m pretty sure I didn’t – the phrase “No Deals, Mr. Bond” appears nowhere in the
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Gerald
Sep 09, 2014 Gerald rated it liked it
Shelves: james-bond
For me, Gardner's first two Bond novels (Licence Renewed and For Special Services) are a bit weird, bringing a little of his off-kilter Boysie Oakes-style to the Bond franchise (which is what it had become). But his third novel, icebreaker, was one of his best, and it seems he'd found a formula and style that suited the mid-to late eighties period of these books. The follow-ups, Role of Honour, Nobody Lives Forever and this one, No Deals Mr Bond make up his best Bond books, relying more on a Le ...more
Christopher Taylor
Oct 08, 2014 Christopher Taylor rated it liked it
Another episode in the life of James Bond. I like how John Gardner handles the character - more than any other non-Fleming Bond writer, he seems to get the world and the characters best (although I think he went one step too far with the 'qute' character.

The story is fast paced and adventurous enough to hide a very clever and all too plausible spy novel unfolding. James Bond has to clean up after a blown Honey Pot operation sees its operatives being killed off and things go from bad to worse as
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Carson
Mar 12, 2014 Carson rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars isn't an option, so I'll go with 3. NO DEALS, MR. BOND is a good overall work, but the best parts take too long to reach, some of the characters need more development and there are some lulls throughout.

The climax of this one and the surprises are quite good. I'm quite certain it is difficult to bring a unique spin to the 007 formula every time out of the gate and while NO DEALS, MR. BOND has a solid lead-in and foundation set with the orders from M and it hits some great locales pep
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Andrew Kunka
This book has a good premise: Bond has to save the lives of survivors from a past mission. Like almost all of Gardner's Bond books so far, the plot does deal with double agents, but at least here, we know from early on that a traitor is in play (though we get another unnecessary heel turn that adds nothing to the plot). The action takes Bond to Hong Kong in the climax, which offers the opportunity for Gardner to engage in some racial caricatures that were cringe-worthy when the book was written. ...more
Jerome
Jun 30, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it
This book is quite good, but is made worse by many pointless complicated plot twists and boring sequences. The highlights are the shootout at the castle, the car escape from the castle and the hunt at the end.The difference between John Gardner's books and Ian Fleming's is that Ian Fleming's 007 stays in casinos and drinks martinis, but Gardner's stays in hotels and drinks coffee, which isn't nearly as fun.
Cookie
Jul 11, 2016 Cookie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leseliste-2016
Fand ich nicht umwerfend. Gardners Standardrezept für seine Bond-Romane wird zu offensichtlich, ein bisschen weniger Offenbarungen von Doppelagenten in der letzten Minute wäre angenehmer gewesen.
Die Ideen wirken langsam zu bemüht, mir würde eine Geschichte wie „Kernschmelze“ oder „Der Kunstsammler“ zur Abwechslung besser gefallen: Reicher Bösewicht, will ein Verbrechen begehen, Bond schmuggelt sich rein und hält ihn auf.
Drew
Sep 09, 2013 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess - I am a confirmed fan of Mr. Gardner's Bond books. This entry in the series however has much more in common with the work of John Le Carre than it does with Ian Fleming - it is a fast-paced tale of cross, double-cross and tradecraft skullduggery rather than the cruel, often spartan work of Mr.Fleming's seminal original series.
Not the best in Mr. Gardner's line of Bond books, but definitely right up there as the most original and cerebral.
Jeff Dickison
Jun 21, 2015 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it
John Gardner does a good job with this entry into the Bond series. Bond must find out who is killing the agents involved in a past attempt to turn E. German bigwigs. Fast paced and exciting, I recommend this to Bond fans.
Roy
Jun 27, 2016 Roy added it
number six from Gardner and his best effort so far , nice plot ,chases , Bond still drives a Saab , and I didn't put it down till the end .
Richard
Feb 22, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: own, mystery, spy
Still not nearly as well written as a real Fleming, but diverting. There were only a few spots where I thought it was particularly heavy handed.
Harding Young
Sep 03, 2012 Harding Young rated it liked it
I can only read Fleming's Bond novels so many times... So it's fun to read one I hadn't read twice before. It's missing some of Fleming's nuances and character, but hey. It's still Bond.
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Before coming an author of fiction in the early 1960s, John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer and a journalist. In all, Gardner has fifty-four novels to his credit, including Maestro, which was the New York Times book of the year. He was also invited by Ian Fleming’s literary copyright holders to write a series of continuation James Bond novels, which proved to be so s ...more
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