Colonel Sun #2020

Colonel Sun By Robert Markham Kingsley Amis Colonel Sun Lunch at Scott s a quiet game of golf a routine social call on his chief M convalescing in his Regency house in Berkshire the life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that t
  • Title: Colonel Sun
  • Author: Robert Markham Kingsley Amis
  • ISBN: 9780330023047
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Colonel Sun By Robert Markham Kingsley Amis Lunch at Scott s, a quiet game of golf, a routine social call on his chief M, convalescing in his Regency house in Berkshire the life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped and his house staff savagely murdered.The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island whLunch at Scott s, a quiet game of golf, a routine social call on his chief M, convalescing in his Regency house in Berkshire the life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped and his house staff savagely murdered.The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island where the glacial, malign Colonel Sun Liang tan of the People s Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex Nazi atrocity expert in a world menacing conspiracy Bond finds himself working in alliance with the beautiful tawny blonde agent of a rival secret service in the struggle to overpower this ruthless enemy who discards the unwritten rules of espionage Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces unarmed the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.Incredibly, the author adds his own imaginative impetus to the Bond saga yet preserves all the excitement and eloquence, the pace and glitter of a vintage Fleming novel.
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    1. Robert Markham Kingsley Amis

      Kingsley Amis, under the pen name Robert Markham, was the first author to take on Bond after Ian Fleming s death in 1964 Colonel Sun became the first in a long line of continuation books, penned by authors keen to continue Ian Fleming s cultural legacy.

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    1. There was all that fuss the other year about Sebastian Faulks, an actual literary author unlike John Gardner or Raymond Benson being hired to write a James Bond novel Wasn t it incredible Proof of the high esteem in which Fleming s writing is held.But ignored in all the coverage was that the Fleming estate had hired a literary author to write a James Bond novel before It might say Robert Markham on the front of this novel, but step forward Mr Kingsley Amis.One of the things about books like this [...]


    2. Bond is dead, long live Bond With Ian Fleming no longer in a position to write Bond, the estate of Fleming approached Kingsley Amis to continue the story with a new novel Rumoured to have completed Fleming s last novel, The Man With the Golden Gun, Amis was maybe the natural choice.And to be honest, it s pretty good Much slower paced than a Fleming at his best, this novel never really seems to quite hit the level of excitement or anticipation that it was presumably aiming for M has been kidnappe [...]


    3. I d say 2.5 stars, but I can t quite give it 3 The plot is somewhat uninspired Not bad, just typical Bond and nothing too intriguing in the story Not bad and not a waste of time, though with the audio I did find my mind wandering on occasion The villain, Colonel Sun, is fairly typical for an old school Bond villain, but he s kinda cool He has a couple of sidekick sultry gorgeous women and an interesting torture technique that made things a little interesting.The Bond girl, Ariadne, was pretty go [...]


    4. I m a huge fan of the James Bond franchise, anyone who has read this blog will know that It s one of my goals to eventually do a review of all of the movies up until Spectre I m not just a fan of the movies, though, but also the books Well, sort of I equivocate there because the novels have a wonderful panache to them which directly led to the films and a deep brooding atmosphere They re also err, really racist at times Ian Fleming gets some defense for being a man of his time and quite progress [...]


    5. How can we possibly go wrong when Kingsley Amis takes his best crack at writing his own 007 story The Kinger s rendition fits ably into the Fleming canon To answer your other question, no, I have no intention of moving along to read any of the other continuation novels, none of which were written by Amis, and none of which garnered his approval There was a long silence between the publication of Colonel Sun in 1968 and License Renewed by John Gardner in 1981 If Amis rejection of Gardner s books [...]


    6. Originally published on my blog here in July 1998.I don t think that the existence of this book is terribly well known It s a James Bond book written in the late sixties, and is not by either Ian Fleming or John Gardner, who was licensed to continue the series by the Fleming estate In fact, Robert Markham is a pseudonym used by Kingsley Amis, of all people, a big fan of Ian Fleming.Bond goes to meet M at his home in Surrey, and is surprised there by a gang of thugs who have kidnapped M and want [...]


    7. How though does Colonel Sun stand up to Fleming, and does it deserve its place in the Bond canon The answers to these questions are, very well , and certainly The book starts off in gentle fashion, with Bond reflecting on his life while he plays a round of golf with Bill Tanner we discover that the story takes place the year after the events in, The Man with the Golden Gun Bond has fully recovered from the bullet Scaramanga put into his abdomen.However this quiet reflective period is simply the [...]


    8. Robert Markham is a pen name for Kingsley Amis, who was commissioned by Ian Fleming s estate to write this James Bond sequel.If you like Bond, then you will like COLONEL SUN It offers everything one expects in a Bond novel And yet it is better than the average Bond book That is because Amis is a polished author than Fleming or Gardner His story follows the Bond formula, but his prose is better than Fleming s or Gardner s And that is nice.


    9. The first Bond novel not written by Fleming Markham Amis rightly didn t try to do a Fleming pastiche, but stayed with what makes Bond unique and then told his own story It s effective, ties right into the world at that time, and a worthy addition to the canon Buy it Read it


    10. Kingsley Amis, writing as Robert Markham, produced this, the first James Bond book written after Ian Fleming s death in 1964 Published in 1968, it sent the franchise into a 13 year coma, until John Gardner s License Renewed in 1981.All right, it isn t that bad But it isn t that good, either.It is, in fact, superior to Gardner s early books I haven t read them all both in terms of the quality of the writing and in not having been influenced by the movies, with all that technological gimcrackery t [...]


    11. One I have been trying to get to read for so long A good read, wide ranging action and in the Fleming style.The torture scene at the end was used so closely in the movie Spectre.


    12. I read all of the Fleming books years ago, when I worked in the closed stacks of a major metropolitan public library Yes, it s true I can file in Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Anyway, for those who don t have a clue, most of the Bond movies are only loosely modeled on the books Hey, it was a big deal back in the 60 s that Goldfinger was the first instance of an industrial laser even if it was a fake in a major motion picture Do you expect me to talk No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die So th [...]


    13. Kingsley Amis continuing the Bond series the quality of the prose as one would expect from a writer of Amis s caliber It s been years since I read any of the Fleming novels, but this one continues his themes and style, if not his flair for theatrics I particularly liked a scene near the end where Bond muses over the fact that he hadn t used any of his specialized gadgets The latest movie with Daniel Craig must have lifted its torture scene at least in part from this book Fast paced thrilling.


    14. Lacked the Fleming sweep Somewhat interesting plot but there was a lot of violence I skimmed most of the book because I just couldn t really get into it I thought Amis beginning was good and I enjoyed the Quarterdeck sequence a lot Unfortunately, the novel seemed to lose its momentum as it rolled on It just goes to show you that nobody does a Bond like Fleming does a Bond.3 5 Stars


    15. If you re a Kingsley Amis fan, you ll be disappointed if you re a James Bond fan, you ll equally disappointed The formula Bond in trouble, Bond meets bad guy, Bond meets girl, Bond gets out of trouble, Bond hooks up with girl, Bond gets bad guy just didn t work.


    16. I read this when it first came out in paperback A huge Bond fan, I was delighted someone was continuing the novels Myself, I rate this one just behind Fleming s books.


    17. This book felt very Bond despite not being written by Fleming With the exception of a really boring torture scene near the end it was a cracking tale Recommended to anyone who liked Fleming s Bond.



    18. Bottom line first Kingsley Amis writing under the name of Robert Marham has captured the formula and failed to add the variations that might give it life The result is a legitimate salute to the master but a relatively flat read I do not think this story would stand alone absent the James Bond Brand Mr Amis handles his role as a stand in for the deceased Ian Flemming, but he lacks the pacing and the fails to add in the finer descriptions that can be found in the originals.In the Original James B [...]


    19. Colonel Sun by Robert Markham is the first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis, the book was published six years after the death of Ian Fleming.The head of MI6, the British Secret Service, otherwise known as M to Bond fans has been kidnapped right under 007 s nose Realizing this is a trap, Bond walks right into it at the Aegean Islands.Bond discovers that Colon Sun, of China s People s Liberation Army, [...]


    20. In 1968, four years after Fleming s death, Amis penned what was to become the first of many Bond continuation novels.Colonel Sun is set immediately after the events of the final Fleming Bond novel, The Man With The Golden Gun, and clearly Amis, who d already published two Bond related works, knew his Bond lore.At times he captures something of Fleming s style but for the most part Colonel Sun is a failure It s far too talky, the villain is pale and lifeless, there isn t enough action, the plot r [...]


    21. The first Bond novel written after Ian Fleming s death This was a decent enough read, all the usual things you d expect were present girl, travel, foreign villains with deadly schemes, etc There just wasn t a spark of excitement in reading this one for me, it felt like Fleming going through the motions ie, the new author being perhaps a little to careful to follow formula and not creating anything too surprising or unexpectedly exciting The villain Colonel Sun didn t grab me as being memorable, [...]


    22. First of all, this in not a bad secret agent story But then again, it is a James Bond story and as such, it is no good It sounds pretty much like Fleming writing, but then again, it does not sound as such Things seem a bit off all the way through.It must have been huge thing trying to fill Fleming s shoes, but at least Amis tried.


    23. This is the first post Ian Fleming novel about James Bond that felt, to me, as though it was written about the same spy.For of my thoughts on this book, visit my blog stevegoblefiction.wordpress.c


    24. Kingsley Amis writes a kind of novel essay about James Bond Bond becomes an Amis mouth piece but there s enough fun to make it worthwhile 007 was always a bit of a Daily Mail reader but here he seems keen on his own op eding than spy stuff.



    25. Great read Very good James bond story As good as Fleming I think Has all the bond elements I would recommend it





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