Monday, 18 April 2011
THE COMPLETE LITERARY 007 - Win, Lose or Die by John Gardner
One annoying aspect of the book is that Gardner (probably on the copyright holders orders) has Bond uttering corny one liners every time he does something. Now whilst this worked well in the Roger Moore Bond movies, it doesn't really work in prose and only serves to dilute the well maintained suspense.
M receives word that a terrorist organisation known as BAST (Brotherhood of Anarchy and Secret Terrorism) is planning to infiltrate and destroy a top-secret British Royal Navy aircraft carrier-based summit scheduled a year hence between American President George H. W. Bush, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. To counteract this, James Bond is returned to active duty in the Royal Navy and promoted from Commander to Captain, in order to infiltrate the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and identify potential sleeper agents.
There are enough set piece to please the 007 fan and describing action was one of Gardner's strengths.
This isn't Gardner's best Bond novel but it's far from his worse.