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Kathryn Smith

For Special Services: a review

September 9th, 2020 by

Kathryn Smith looks at John Gardner’s second James Bond novel. The first chapter in For Special Services is just two pages long and, much like Licence Renewed, the novel starts with planes, airports and flights. Air traffic controller Frank Kennen, and to some extent the reader, is thrown into the deep end with a worrying […]

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Licence Renewed: a review

June 23rd, 2020 by

Kathryn Smith continues her deep dive into the James Bond novels with John Gardner’s first 007 continuation novel. It is clear at the start of Licence Renewed that time has passed and we now find ourselves in the 1980s. Q is very much present behind the scenes and we meet some new characters as well […]

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Colonel Sun: review of the first 007 continuation novel

May 6th, 2020 by

After reading all Ian Fleming’s 007 adventures in 2019 Kathryn Smith started 2020 by delving into Colonel Sun. As I delved into the first chapter of the first 007 continuation novel Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham) begins by having Bond reflect on how he is has no major assignments and that his life has […]

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Fleming book reviews (3/3)

April 2nd, 2020 by

In the last of this three part series Kathryn Smith shares her thoughts and impressions of Ian Fleming’s final 007 books. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service I really did enjoy this book and found that it was very close to the film adaptation. There were still a few things mentioned in the book that were […]

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Fleming book reviews (2/3)

February 11th, 2020 by

In this second of three articles Kathryn Smith shares her thoughts and impressions of five more James Bond books by Ian Fleming. Read part 1 here At the end of From Russia, with Love Bond was poisoned by Rosa Klebb, leaving the series on a cliff hanger. But while he looked death in the face, […]

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Fleming book reviews (1/3)

January 21st, 2020 by

In the first of three articles Kathryn Smith pens her thoughts and impressions of Ian Fleming’s 007 books. Like many people around the world I enjoy the exploits of Britain’s greatest secret agent. But during 2019 I set myself the task of reading all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. Many of you must be […]

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