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.

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Blackstone Audio’s 007 Giveaway Winners for July!

Thanks to everyone who left their comments about Casino Royale and participated in the Twitter chat and viewing party.

We had a wonderful evening to say the least. The highlight for me was our conversation about Bond and his views of women. I found it very helpful to hear everyone else’s opinions. I feel as though I understand Bond better as a result. Needless to say, Daniel Craig certainly was a hit.

We have three winners for this month’s Blackstone Audio 007 Giveaway:

Xe Sands
Picky Girl
Poof Books

Congratulations, Bond girls!

Keep a look out in your mailbox for a copy of Live and Let Die autographed by Simon Vance! Enjoy, you lucky ducks! I’d love to see some picks of those prizes. 🙂

I will be posting information about  Live and Let Die later this weekend. I hope you can all join in.

Casino Royale Twitter Chat and Viewing Party


I must open this post by admitting to a failure. In my excitement to begin this challenge, I posted the date of 6/30 for the Casino Royale Twitter chat and viewing party. I’m not quite sure where I got this date because my intentions have always been to hold these on Saturday evenings. As it turns out, June 30th is a Thursday.

The easiest solution would be to move it up to Saturday, June 25th. One slight problem, though. I will be out of town that day and may not get back home in time to lead the discussion. I feel terrible about being off our first month. I hope my compromise will work well for everyone.

The Casino Royale  Twitter chat and Viewing Party

  • Begins Sunday, June 26th beginning at 9:30pm EST.
  • Discussion about the audiobook version of the book narrated by Simon Vance and from Blackstone Audio will begin promptly at 9:30 EST.
  • We’ll follow discussion with watching the 2006 version of Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig at 10pm EST.
  • Use the hashtag #shakennotstirred to join the discussion.

All those who participate will be entered into a drawing for Blackstone Audio’s July 007 Giveaway featuring our next read, Live and Let Die. I’ll also announce during the chat the special little bonus that has been added to the July prizes.

I will still honor the June 30th date for posting your reviews or leaving your comments about the audiobook on the Casino Royale post until June 30th for those who planned using that date. I’ll be announcing the 007 lucky winners on Friday, July 1st.

This is going to be fun, folks!

007 Giveaway Winners Announced ~ Casino Royale

Announcing the winners of the first Blackstone Audio 007 Giveaway contest winners for Casino Royale:

Candace from Beth Fish Reads
Xe Sands
Shelia from Book Journey
Kayvee
Teresa from Teresa’s Reading Corner
Lucille
Poof…Books

I will be contacting all of the winners by email for mailing information. Thanks to everyone who has signed up. I’m looking forward to the festivities at the end of the month.

Casino Royale ~ June 2011

The Shaken, Not Stirred Reading Challenge officially begins with Casino Royale. It may be the latest to be filmed, but it is the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming.

It was first published by Jonathon Cape in April 13, 1953 and has been adapted for the screen three times: once as a television series, once as a spoof, and finally as a feature film starring Daniel Craig in November 2006.  According to Wikipedia, of the nearly 5,ooo copies originally printed, less than half were sold. The rest were donated to public libraries.

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

Released: August 2000

Available Forrmats: 4 CSs, 1 MP3 CD, 1 Playaway and 4 Tapes

Length: 4  hours and 39 minutes long

DescriptionIntroducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming’s tales of Secret Agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called “Le Chiffre”—by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to “retire” him. It seems that Lady Luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules, and Bond’s attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster—and to an unexpected savior.

Shaken,  Not Stirred Challenge Information

Participants:

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

Casino Royale Twitter Party:

The first Shaken, Not Stirred Twitter Party will be held on Saturday, June 30 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.