Goldfinger Twitter Party Tonight

After our December break, it’s time once again for the Shaken, Not Stirred Twitter party featuring Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger. We will be meeting up at 9:30 pm EST to discuss the audiobook and then will start the film at 10pm.

Goldfinger, Fleming’s seventh novel, stars Sean Connery at James Bond. Per Wikipedia, this film became the first Bond blockbuster in 1964. Based on the basic story line, it sounds like it should be pretty faithful to the book.

If you can join us, be sure to use the #shakennotstirred hashtag. I hope we see you there!

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Moonraker ~ August 2011

I apologize for posting this way too late. Moonraker is a wonderful novel. To date, it’s been my favorite. It was first published by Jonathan Cape on April 7, 1955. Prior to publication, it had 12 possible titles according to Wikipedia. My favorite title considered was “Mondays are Hell.” So very true. When Moonraker was first published in the United States, it was titled “Too Hot To Handle.” Parts of the text were also Americanized. Thankfully this edition was not. I don’t think we need to be saved from the “knave of hearts” now, do we?

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

Released: 2001

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

Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes long

Description: When James Bond is asked to settle a dispute over “ungentlemanly behavior” at an exclusive gambling club, the affair is embarrassing in the extreme, for the accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax: business tycoon, popular hero, patriot extraordinaire, and head of the multimillion-dollar Moonraker missile program on which Britain’s future defense depends.

Soon, however, the “affair of honor” takes on a somewhat more serious tone as Bond finds out the bizarre and terrifying truth about Drax and Moonraker, a truth that could not only prove fatal for Agent 007 and his beautiful companion but could mean the deaths of millions.

We had a wonderful viewing party. Simon Vance joined us once again. The film was a lot of cheesy fun. If you publish a review of Moonraker, add your link to Mr. Linky below.

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

Participants:

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.