What is The James Bond Book Club? Set in the 1950s as the Ian Fleming James Bond books are released, Spybrary Spy Book Podcast hosts David Craggs and Shane Whaley plus a special guest will review the latest Ian Fleming 007 novel.
The James Bond Book Club launches as part of our celebration on hitting 200,000 downloads of the Spybrary Podcast.
Our latest episode – Live and Let Die.
Introduction to the James Bond Book Club on the Spybrary Podcast
On the James Bond Book Club, we will dissect each of the 007 novels in order and by :
1) Discussing the timing of each book. The year in which it was written. The zeitgeist of that time. Key historic and cultural events.
2) Background to the plot and any links to Fleming’s personal experiences.
3) The U.K. first edition cover art.
4) The plot.
6) Bond’s character development.
7) The Villain.
8) La femme fatale.
9) The supporting cast.
10) The branding.
11) Key set pieces and the best chapters.
12) Critical reception
We will not be referring to or discussing the 007 movies.
We will only be referencing previous books rather than those published in the future – as if we are experiencing the work of Fleming for the first time.
In this episode, Shane and David discuss the themes they hope to explore as they embark on a journey through the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. They also announce that author Jeremy Duns will join the show for the first installment – the deep dive on Casino Royale.
Casino Royale – The James Bond Book Club
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Live and Let Die on The James Bond Book Club
It is 1954 and we review the latest Ian Fleming James Bond 007 novel, Live and Let Die. With David Craggs, Ian Douglas and Spybrary Host Shane Whaley
Ian Douglas is the Chief of Staff over at The Hildebrand James Bond Facebook Group which we highly recommend for all things 007.