Bond Vivant

Win, Lose, or Die

Win, Lose, or Die is built on the premise that everyone involved will make increasingly stupid decisions and refuse to behave in any way resembling a rational human being.

League of Gentlemen

League of Gentlemen is a little bit like if Bulldog Drummond’s humorous classified ad was answered by a fellow demobilized officer putting together a crew for a heist.


Kim is the sort of lean, no-nonsense hardboiled detective formula that, by the 1960s, the pulp paperback industry could produce in its sleep.

Clora Bryant: Gal with a Horn

In 1957, Clora Bryant recorded Gal with a Horn. As if she had anything to prove beyond being a spectacular trumpet player and drummer, she also proved she was a great singer.

From Mumbai with Love

It may have taken until 1983’s Octopussy for James Bond to visit India, but 007’s influence on the subcontinent’s cinema stretches back much farther, part of a global phenomenon that produced hundreds of swanky spy films.


Asia-Pol‘s plot is as simple and convoluted as one expects from your average spy film: Jô Shishido stars as George, a Japanese-Chinese gangster who hates Japan and has vowed to destroy it by smuggling gold and destroying its economy.


Pretty much every spy novel franchise inspired by James Bond had at least one story where the main character went up against some robe-clad Moonie stand-ins, so I guess Gardner figured why the hell not?

No Deals, Mr. Bond

With No Deals, Mr. Bond, John Gardner achieved enough clout, or had at least been around long enough, that he was given a little more leeway to “do his own thing.”

Nobody Lives Forever

Released in 1986, Nobody Lives Forever has a similar feel to the movie For Your Eyes Only, in that both are essentially one chase scene after another.

Who Saw Her Die?

Who Saw Her Die? is the rare giallo that succeeds on an emotional level, thanks primarily to a committed performance from former James Bond George Lazenby.

Role of Honour

Whatever good will was built up with the brisk action of For Special Services and the intriguing locations of Icebreaker is undone with Role of Honor, a dreadful entry in the series.


In Icebreaker, Bond does almost nothing—which is for the best, because when Bond does do something, it’s usually some of the worst espionage work he’s ever done.

For Special Services

For Special Services, maintains all the ties to Ian Fleming’s original novels, but gets more breathing room since it isn’t saddled with re-introducing Bond.


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