I really liked the way this book was presented, each chapter deals with one Bond book that Fleming wrote, and which parts of it were inspired by the author’s life. Whether it’s the women, the cars, guns, or drinks the author takes the relevant parts of the book and connects them to experiences in Fleming’s life.
The story mainly follows a small group of soldiers, the first of the SOE, who were rescued from Dunkirk and follows them through Operation Postmaster
The artwork is excellent, this is the way I imagined James Bond to be when I was reading the Ian Fleming novels.
About: Colonel Sun by Robert Markham is the first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming. Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis, the book was published six years after the death of Ian Fleming. Paperback: 196 pages Publisher: Bantam; paperback My rating for Colonel Sun– 3 Buy Colonel Sun from Amazon.com* More Books by Robert Markham Thoughts: In today’s world where some authors became simple brands which publishers build on, it is not uncommon to see a book which uses an author’s name and brand for a new story by a different writer. Colonel Sun by Robert Markham came out in 1968, a few years after Mr. Fleming’s death and many years before successful books, authors, and characters were branded as a franchise. The book itself is strangely written. It seems the author was trying to write in the same vain as Mr. Fleming in the beginning as a fast paced thriller, only to give up somewhere in the around quarter way and write in his own style turning the thriller into an traveling adventure story. That is not bad, just makes for a strange reading experience. I couldn’t help but notice that this is not…
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I simply feel that the James Bond series should have gotten a much stronger finish than two short stories and two outlines for short stories.
The novel is not unreadable, it is enjoyable for the Bond fans, but it is far from being one of the best in the series
The story was written after the film Dr. No was released, literary 007 gotten some of cinematic Bond’s persona.
Mr. Fleming realized that after World War II, England was no longer the world power it once was and lets it all out on the page in a dialog which must have been torturous to write between Bond and the head of the Japanese Secret Service.
An unusual entry in the series since it is narrated by a French-Canadian woman and not James Bond