I thought I'd post about the topic of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels compared to the cinematic Broccoli versions. I didn't want to say one verses another as that conveys one is better then the other. I think they are different and should be treated as such. This came about because at the time it looked like Brosnan may or may not return in the next film, I decided to read the novels in order of publication. I have some very old paperback copies, some first editions that I had the fortune to find in a used bookstore many years ago. Though they are not pristine, they are actually in great shape. So far, I have read Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia, With Love, Doctor No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I am currently reading You Only Live Twice and am about 10 pages from finishing. What prompted me to post was how much I am enjoying these books and how surprised I was by You Only Live Twice. It's a totally different story then the film and in hindsight, it's too bad the producers had not filmed it in the order of how this book follows OHMSS. I don't want to give anything away; it's worth a read of Thunderball, OHMSS and YOLT. And of course I knew that TSWLM novel is a totally different work then the Roger Moore film. It was an interesting point of view. Back to the novels, I am not surprised how the early films follow the books pretty closely. The later films do not. Most of the story structure follows a similar path in the early books, Fleming spends about half the book building up the villain and what he's all about. The last 4 books I've read, Fleming starts to mix it up a bit. At the end, Bond does get the girl, gets the villain and is so beat up; he's in the hospital. There isn't much gadgetry but there is car talk. His early car was a Bentley as mentioned in the film Goldfinger. What surprised me were how many terms and lines of dialogue actually used in the movies are from the books. Of course there are changes to some plots and incidents. Again, I won't give things away, but there are whole action sequences from one book used in a movie of a different title. And the term "blunt instrument" used in the current Casino Royale trailer is used in one line of YOLT to describe Bond. Casino Royale does not read like an origin story to me. I am almost done, there are not many novels left and I am saving the short stories for last. I would be interested in other’s view.