John Gardner gets a bad rap as Ian Fleming’s successor to the acclaimed literary series. John struck gold multiple times with Bond’s legacy, most notably with For Special Services, Nobody Lives Forever, and No Deals Mr. Bond. In my opinion, those three stand toe-to-toe with any of the originals. The remainder of Gardner’s collection (what I’ve read thus far, still have a few to go) are enjoyable action-thriller romps, nothing too spectacular, and stray a little off the beaten path with Bond’s characterization. It’s like comparing Roger Moore’s films with Connery’s and if you can go into the extended series with that mindset, you’re likely to not be too disappointed.
What’s everyone reading this weekend? Happy Saturday!
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