JBR Book Club: The Spy Who Loved Me By Christopher Wood (Part 1)

JBR returns with something completely different this week. The first in a 3 part series, we’re taking a chapter by chapter look at Christopher Wood’s novelisation of The Spy Who Loved Me.

If you’ve never read it before you’re in for some surprises. More Fleming Bond than movie Bond, the book reads like a darker, grittier version of the film we all know and love. With extra scenes, back story and plot details that don’t feature on screen, you’ll never look at Sir Roger’s 3rd Bond film the same way again.

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6 Responses

  1. A very small nugget regarding Spy is that Stromberg Carlson was a brand of higher end radios, radiograms etc of the 1940-50’s. So it’s just possible a young Christopher Wood picked up the name from there. Enjoying a great snowday, JBR podcast a nice bonus!

  2. Great to see a pod on this novelization. Easily my favorite novelization of any Bond film. I had several copies over the years. One of my traditions would be to take it with me to the barber shop, and use that dashing picture of Sir Roger on the cover and say “cut it like that.” I loved the backstory on Jaws, and the little details throughout. I also loved the MOONRAKER novelization as well. When I read those I pictured the illustration of Bond by George Almond as seen in Raymond Benson’s Bedside James Bond Companion book. Looked a little like Roger, IMO. Once again thrilled to see this pod!

  3. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6a7c49abc991afa1e2ae59d79c4b036231d1d2af7ee8bb3b68601149d1ff8dc.jpg I just got the book before you even said you were doing this, but I did buy goldeneye novelization via eBay, so all I have to do now is buy the world is not enough, I will put the whole the pages of the book. I read all the novelization of movie of brosnan and license to kill they were great, they have to do one for Craig years such as quantum of solace, where they can corporate the original short story, with the actual script of quantum of solace, but you would have to title it James Bond in quantum of solace just like James Bond in the spy who loved me I am currently reading no deals mr bond, as well as having carte blanche which I haven’t read yet, youtube had a lot of audiobooks of James Bond but they all went away. I am doing a specter novelization in the moment but I got kind of lazy, if you JBR wants to see what I wrote so far, let me know I can message to Tom and Chris, and do a novelization of SKYFALL, for sure. Honarable mention I would love the next movie to be called the hildebrand rarity and make a faithful adaptation of it, since it was first appeared in playboy and since the founder died Hugh hef. their should be a nod to them, and Daniel Craig in the island maybe film in the goldeneye estate. Hopefully I have the actual pages of the hildebrand short story, from the playboy I have all those stories. the first 4 chapters I don’t have it, but the other chapters I can put in, for sure. I have to see woods seven nights in Japan, I’m in chapter 5 of the spy who loved me. You can listen to it during the drive can you guys just do an audio version. It would be cool to listen to it on the drive. if you put the movie soundtrack with the audiobook its pretty cool. I would love to see novelization of a view to a kill and the living daylights as well as you only live twice. basically the movie that is not a faithful adaptation of the book such as octopussy which got some elements, I got to see the confession series, and you think in the future you can do a take on the novelization that had some cool insight or history, anyways like a golden gun novelization would be cool. This sounds like a legit audiobook, have you done this before this is very good. James Bond lost his dignity at le chiffre brothel in the book that would be crazy if that was the fact. I want to listen to it on the drive so the rest I want to see the video right now. I would have loved Q in the book. that would have been good. I like that observation about being bring atmosphere at the London headquarters. one true fact is that Ian Fleming when I read the man with the golden typewriter, flaming actually meet a person that was into underwater discovery, and he went on a trip there, so this is very flmeingesque, since the original author lived it, and had talks about underwater like league under the sea type, the backstory of Stromberg is pretty cool. Stromberg name should have been web fingers. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16d0d392b6620a6b1159c512b3809344cb23fdff6f7f25d4a3900c1b288ba2fc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cf816b9f72e35c983efc5d3239a4878670efeefe056ef92c5f3b9d53a52911f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/811044e00eb36209f4abe2c7fdfada6dc5a48e670e4ed02312b96fc12579bea8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42c79210dbfcadb2d74ef251c1e0ed05770eb55d3b05421a4fa5f0a88f4d2bc6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/573b1fab5b8971a3d7f58c8a769aa5ac429b88f4f3fe396c4c6e2ba9171ad964.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1347e742dfe9cf030261ad2c7e3a265494634ad1657aa4c92e19a69446a7a5d.jpg

  4. Part I was even better than I expected. Looking forward to the next two parts. I read the novel many years ago, so this refresher is long overdue.

  5. Hahahaha where did you find this guy?! Dan, you’re hilarious! I gotta tell you, I laughed out loud so many times in this episode. Pure gold! Lovely, lovely reading voices, both of you. Can’t wait for the continuation!

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