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Book Title: Licence to Kill|
The author of the book: John Gardner
Date of issue: June 1989
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Reader ratings: 5.1
ISBN 13: 9781557731920
Format files: PDF
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I was dreading this quite a lot, the immediately preceding Win, Lose or Die took a turn for the worse and my hopes were not high for a novelization of the arguably weakest Bond film ever. Fortunately, Gardner's writing is quite OK by this point in time - unfortunately, the rest was as could be expected...
Even if Gardner obviously took inspiration from the movie Bond already in previous books (not a great idea in my humble opinion) a number of problems of course present themselves when trying to fit one story line in with the other. The first obstacle is that the horrible thing that now happens to Felix Leiter in 1987 was borrowed from the story of Live and Let Die, taking place in 1952. Hm, so how do you cope with that? Well, if you are Gardner - in the worst possible way! Just read the damned thing if you must know... Another idea would be to ignore the book back story (he did it with Milton Krest, dead by rare fish suffocation in 1957, but here very much alive. Well, for a while, anyway).
If you saw the movie, you of course know the story - which is very out of character for Bond - even Gardner's Bond. The end showdown with the gas trailers/hand-held missiles/light aeroplane gets even sillier in print. Recommended for completists only.
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Read information about the authorBefore 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 successful that instead of the contracted three books he went on to publish some fourteen titles, including Licence Renewed and Icebreaker.
Having lived in the Republic of Ireland, the United States and the UK, John Gardner sadly died in August of 2007 having just completed his third novel in the Moriarty trilogy, Conan Doyle’s eponymous villain of the Sherlock Holmes series.
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