Forum Game: This or That?


#101

FRWL. The train fight in TSWLM is great, but I still can’t understand why they were even in a train. Bond and Anya we’re traveling from Cairo to Sardinia. It’s not even possible to do.

More likely over-used plot device to appear in Bond 25 to attempt to “shock” the audience:
A double agent inside MI6 gasp I never saw that coming eye roll
OR
Bond disobeys M and goes rogue…again
?


#102

Bond disobeys M and goes rogue…again.

More effective Bond girl death scene:

the death of Mrs. Tracy Bond at the end of OHMSS(1969)

or

the death of Vesper Lynd in CR(2006)?


#103

Tracy’s death is more dramatically effective, but Vesper’s death is better crafted.

Worst 2nd novel…

Fleming: LALD
Wood: JBAMR
Gardner: For Special Services
Benson: The Facts of Death
Higson: Blood Fever
Horowitz: Forever and a Day

FWIW, I rate the 2nd novels in the following order (best to worst): Fleming, Wood, Higson, Horowitz, Benson, and Gardner. Tho’ Benson’s is poorly written and silly, Gardner’s is stunningly bad at times despite an excellent start and finish. Wood-Higson-Horowitz are in close proximity.