Live and Let Die ~ July 2011

The Shaken, Not Stirred Reading Challenge continues this month with Live and Let Die. This is the second Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. Per Wikipedia, this novel was originally titled The Undertaker’s Wind and it was meant to be more serious than Casino Royale, dealing with the nature of evil.

It was first published by Jonathon Cape in April 5, 1954 and it’s film adaptation in 1973 marked the introduction of Roger Moore as James Bond. Live and Let Die, the eighth official film, is loosely based on this novel and major plot elements from this novel are incorporated into the films For Your Eyes Only and Licensed to Kill.

This book features my personal favorite cover. All good Bond girls know where to place their cards.  It also features a theme song. As someone new to the Bond series, this song is what I associate with most. The original is from Paul McCartney and Wings (the video has fireworks, making it appropriate for my American participants today):

As a child of the 80s, I adore the cover of “Live and Let Die” performed by Guns N’ Roses:

Here are the vital statistics and description for the audiobook from Blackstone Audio’s website:

Released: August 2000

Available Formats: 6 CSs, 1 MP3 CD, 1 Playaway and 5 Tapes

Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes long

Description: When Agent 007 goes to Harlem, it’s not just for the jazz. Harlem is the kingdom of Mr. Big, voodoo baron and black master of crime. As gold coins from a Jamaican pirate hoard start turning up in pawnshops in Harlem, M suspects the treasure is being used to finance SMERSH activity in America. Agent 007 is sent to New York to uncover the criminal operation of Mr. Big, senior partner in SMERSH’s grim company of death.

Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends, like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of terror, treachery, and torture that leads from New York’s black underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own.

Shaken, Not Stirred Challenge Information


Please leave a comment on this post when you’ve finished listening to Live and Let Die. If you’re a blogger, please use Mr. Linky at the end of this post to alert us to your posts and reviews.

Live and Let Die Twitter Party:

The second Shaken, Not Stirred Twitter Party will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 9:30pm EST. The party will begin with a 30 minute discussion about the audiobook followed by watching the movie. We will be using #ShakenNotStirred as the hashtag.

Note: Sony has had the Bond films removed from Netflix Instant Watch (I’m sending SMERSH out now to deal with them). Be sure to allow for time to rent the film ahead of the event.


One thought on “Live and Let Die ~ July 2011

  1. Wow. It’s taken me a lot longer to listen to Live and Let Die because I’ve had a lot of appointments at work, but just WOW. Mr. Big is incredibly terrifying. I really enjoyed the plot; however, the relationship with Solitaire was much less convincing to me than the one with Vesper. I’ll be curious to see how the future Bond deals with women.

    That said, I liked seeing Bond actually care about his companions a bit more: Leiter, Quarel (?). It was an interesting change from the last book where he really does doubt everyone he meets.

    Probably the most difficult aspect of this book for me, was the treatment of race. The black man is so “other-ed” in this book it was, at times, painful to read. However, it was an interesting look into a Brit’s perception of race in America as well.

    Can’t wait for next month, and so sorry I missed the viewing!

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