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The Big Bond Book Club

By  Justin Carreiro     10:30 PM    Labels:,,,,, 

I've always wanted to be a part of a book club but a couple of things have always worked against this. I'm a fast reader and prefer to read books that are part of my preferred reading list instead of trying to work through something that doesn't interest me. This time, there is a solution that could help all these little habits. This new feature on the blog will be called "The Big Bond Book Club".

I'm a huge James Bond fan. Currently have all the official movies on DVD and recently purchased a couple of Ian Fleming novels. That's why I've decided to start a reading list through all the books that have currently been made into a movie. After I have finished a book, I will re-watch the movie and make a comparison based on the storyline and my thoughts reflecting on the differences between reading the book and watching the story unfold on screen. 

I have made a note that some of the stories are actually short stories or novelizations of the film. It won't deter me from continuing the reading list but I won't let it become a bias from judging it compared to other "full" novels on the list or the ones that were written by Fleming himself. I will make an exception, however, on one book (License to Kill) because it's really hard to find the book in Canada due to it being out of print. If I am able to find it then I will write a review but until I can find it, I will have to move over it. 

Here are the guidelines: 
  • This is going to be a very casual book club for all you bloggers out there because I won't make you read all the books; books are expensive and we've all got our own things to do.
  • Even if I've finished a book and have moved on to another, continue reading the one you're on. It's not my fault I'm a fast reader on the subway. Whenever you're done, feel free to share your thoughts on that book/movie on that post. This is not a one-book per month list so work it at your own time!
  • I'm going to follow the publication list of the Fleming series (to the best I can). It's a different storyline compared to the movie so I want to read it from that perspective.
  • If you can't find the novelizations from the Pierce films then that's alright; enjoy the movies!
  • Read the short stories that aren't movies. I'll make an overall post talking about them; don't waste great stories without reading them.
  • If you don't feel like reading, then don't. Don't feel like watching the movie, then don't. Feel free to just sit back and follow the posts.

Once again, this is going to be casual so start when you want and get involved at whichever point you want. Here is the full book list according to the order of when I'll be reading them:

    1. Casino Royale
    2. Live and Let Die
    3. Moonraker
    4. Diamonds Are Forever
    5. From Russia, With Love
    6. Dr.No
    7. Goldfinger
    8. From A View To Kill (Short Story)
    9. For Your Eyes Only (Short Story)
    10. Quantum of Solace (Short Story)
    11. Thunderball
    12. The Spy Who Loved Me
    13. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    14. You Only Live Twice
    15. The Man With The Golden Gun
    16. Octopussy (Short Story)
    17. The Living Daylights (Short Story)
    18. License To Kill (If I can actually find the book!)
    19. Goldeneye
    20. Tomorrow Never Dies
    21. The World Is Not Enough
    22. Die Another Day

NOTE: I will read the other short stories as well then will create an overall post regarding them following the completion of the list.

I will try my best to read each book after the other but sometimes, I may need to change things up and read another book as an interval. I don't want to make it a chore having to read the next book so I'll make it a good pace working through the list.

Well I guess it's time to start with the first title on the list. The first book to read is Casino Royale so pick your place when you want to join in and I can't wait to hear your thoughts as well. Happy reading!

About Justin Carreiro

Justin is a longtime TV buff and gamer. He loves chatting about shows, playing video and board games, and his not-so-secret love for reality tv. He is also a fan of horror movies, music and a bookworm at heart. He spends his time in Toronto working in PR and Social Media.

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