Forever and a Day Lib/E: A James Bond Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, 6 November 2018
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- ISBN-10 : 198255259X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982552596
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 3.05 x 17.02 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (6 November 2018)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
Horowitz employs all the tropes fans know and love...but he also delivers a conclusion whose moral complexity will surprise...Bond aficionados will be well satisfied.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Horowitz unfolds this tale in prose as knowingly workmanlike as Ian Fleming's, and readers hungry for details of Bond's origin story will find out why he demands his martinis shaken, not stirred...Crisp, unpretentious, and bound to please the legion of fans for whom a world of Bond is never enough.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
In this prequel to Casino Royale, Horowitz takes us to the dark and dank underworld of the French Riviera to show how one spy's assassination leads to the emergence of James Bond.-- "Library Journal"
This explosive adventure is Horowitz's second Bond book, after Trigger Mortis and marks him as fully worthy to carry on the Bond tradition. Fleming would be pleased.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moriarty and the internationally bestselling The House of Silk, as well as the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults. As a television screenwriter, he created Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War, both of which were featured on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines and in 2014 was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to literature.
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Beginning with Bond fulfilling his second assassination, Bond goes on a mission to Marsailles investigating the murder of the previous 007 and gets involved with interesting characters that would have made Fleming proud, that range from disillusioned femme fatales to portly drug kingpins and involving in plot that have moments that range from the gritty and suspenceful to the exciting and entertaining. Forever and A Day is an absolute breeze to read, and is an engaging and entertaining depiction of Bond's first mission. Very much learning the ropes of his trade, and finding his own niche in life, this incarnation of Bond is depicted as a man who knows he has signed up for something dangerous, but masks his insecurties with arrogance and professionalism. His leading lady in the novel, Sextine, is very much the opposite of Bond, a disillusioned ex spy who now uses her skills for her own personal gain and serves as the perfect counter balance to Bond's naiviety. An interesting and engaging character whose viewpoints and behaviour gives a glimpse to what Bond would become, as described in William Boyd's 007 novel Solo.
Forever and a Day is a cracking read, and captures very well the adventurous tone of the halcyon days of Fleming. Even though I would love to see Horowitz churn out another Sherlock Holmes novel, I seriously cannot wait for his next Bond novel.
There are just two many constituencies to please: the Fleming family, the publisher, the movie fans and the book aficionados.The complexities of satisfying these different audiences has seen off the great and the good. Messrs Faulks, Deaver and Boyd all bare the scars of one way or another falling foul.
In truth, before Horowitz, literary Bond was on life support and it took him to come along with ‘Trigger Mortis’ to save the day.
With this, his second outing, he has done a bang up job with his prequel to ‘Casino Royale’.
The first chapters in particular are absolutely fabulous. He walks in Fleming’s shoes with absolute elegance and you can feel the old master’s touch. When the story gets going it proves to be a rip roaring yarn and you turn the pages at machine gun speed. The female interest, Sixteen, is superb and the villains are suitably blood curdling.
The only slight criticism I would have is that some plot aspects are a little juvenile and sometimes the dialogue is a little clunky but in the round,, these are small things that should have been put right by his editor.
All in all it’s great fun and isn’t this what books like this are supposed to be about ?
If I was a member of the Fleming family I’d be camping outside Horowitz’s front door with a contract for the third outing. Anthony please sign !
In 1968 Kingsley Amis wrote 'Colonel Sun' as a sequel to Fleming's final book, 'The Man with a Golden Gun. However, other writers have seen fit to place their offerings within the scope of the original timescales (1950s - 1960s), while some have tried to update the charter and his environment, most notable being Jeffery Deaver with 'Carte Blanche' in 2011.Bond operated in a post 9/11 world with mobile phones and other items of modern technology.
This new addiction to the series by Anthony Horowitz entitled 'Forever and a Day' is a prequel to 'Casino Royale' and relates how Bond earns his licence to kill 00 number, taking over from the deceased 007 and acquiring his number. Although entertaining at times, this novel is not as good as his first 'Trigger Mortis'.It is well written but the plot lines embrace some all too familiar film scripts, which I will not disclose. New readers can try and spot the movies as they go along!
I did find Chapter 14 entitled 'Secrets and Lies', a very long conversation between Bond and Sixtine spread over 20 pages rather tedious but essential to the plot. Conversation usually is expected to drive the story-line along but in this case I found it dragging somewhat. Yes is OK but after his Bond novel, I found this a bit of a disappoint.
So the conundrum is where should 007 go from here? A similar problem exists with the next movie. When Danial Craig returns (hopefully in 2019) which direction will the film go? The novels face the same dilemma. Prequels are are well and good, but the ending is known. With sequels we have a beginning but the possible ending is unknown. So, Qua Vadis 007?
Eventually, Bond finds himself in Monte Carlo, playing Vingt-et-un against Sixtine. An amusing aside when a croupier mutters, among other appropriate phrases, Carré, doubtless Horowitz’s nod to John Le Carré. (p59) This scene is also an homage to Fleming’s lengthy discourse in Casino Royale.
We’re made privy to the origin of Bond’s vodka martini being shaken, not stirred (p70); another nice touch. As for his cigarettes, he was introduced to Morlands’ coffin nails in preference to his Du Maurier ‘named after a minor British actor.’ (p122) Finally, we see how Bond acquires his trade-mark gunmetal cigarette case, which also masterfully explains the book title. (p169)
There are two villains, Scipio a grossly overweight Corsican and rich industrialist Irwin Wolfe. Scipio delivers Bond a trenchant speech via a translator: ‘… the arrogance of the British. You are a tiny island with bad weather and bad food also but you still think you rule the world… you are becoming irrelevant…’ (104) Maybe he was an early scriptwriter for the EU negotiators?
Inevitably, Bond is faced with grim ‘torture’, which is only to be expected. However, more than once he seems to escape through no guile of his own; I won’t say more. This didn’t spoil the book for me; I perhaps was hoping for more, which may be my failing.
Horowitz also adopts the Fleming style of chapter headings, often playing with words, among them Killing by Numbers, Russian Roulette, Not So Joliette, Shame Lady, Love in a Warm Climate, Pleasure… or Pain? and Death at Sunset.
Yet again he has captured the flavour and tone of Fleming while adding his own stamp to the proceedings. Initially,
I wasn’t impressed by the title, Forever and a Day, but it makes complete sense now that I’ve read the book. It’s also the title of a 1943 film.
The cover is excellent, the luxury yacht resembling a deadly bullet!