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James Bond 007, Doubleshot [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Raymond Benson
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3. August 2000 James Bond 007
The criminal conspiracy called the Union has vowed its revenge on the man who thwarted its last coup - James Bond. As the Union's mysterious leader sets out to destroy Bond's reputation and sanity, 007 edges closer to the truth about their elaborate plan to destroy both SIS and its best agent.


  • Taschenbuch: 284 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton; Auflage: New edition (3. August 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 034075169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340751695
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 10,2 x 2,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (34 Kundenrezensionen)
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Bond novels should have a greater freedom to explore 007's deeper psyche , free as they are from the rapacious demands of Hollywood. In Doubleshot, Raymond Benson delivers a vivid, tense view of a vengeance-obsessed Bond, injury-stricken and forced to confront his existence as a "blunt instrument of death". This is at the cost of the more traditional Bond set pieces; there are no Q-brand gizmo's or dizzying action sequences. Set mere weeks after High Time To Kill, Bond is forcibly off-duty, recuperating after facing The Union, yet hell-bent on avenging the death of his long time lover, exposed as a Union agent. Before you can say "personal vendetta", Bond straps on the Walther PPK and sets off to destroy his enemies. However, they are equally anxious to meet him, thanks to his involvement in an audacious plot to retake Gibraltar from Britain. Bond isn't the death-proof super-spy of old, instead he is afflicted with all-too-human injuries and plagued with doubts--both welcome and ignored. Benson ensures that such "weaknesses" are constantly pitted against Bond's superhuman tenacity and formidable murderous abilities: "He felt no remorse, but he felt no satisfaction either. He felt absolutely nothing ... and performed the task coldly and objectively." Even so, the anticipated action and ingenious gadgetry are conspicuous by their absence. Peeking into an intriguing and dark mindset, Benson accomplishes his mission with verve and efficiency. --Danny Graydon


The criminal conspiracy called the Union has vowed its revenge on the man who thwarted its last coup - James Bond. As the Union's mysterious leader sets out to destroy Bond's reputation and sanity, 007 edges closer to the truth about their elaborate plan to destroy both SIS and its best agent.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Benson gives 007 a headache...and me, too. 23. Juni 2000
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After a book like his abysmal "High Time to Kill," I normally wouldn't have given Raymond Benson a second chance...but hey, it *is* James Bond, after all--Fleming's creation has survived much worse. "Doubleshot" is a decent improvement on Benson's last Bond novel and shows a creative and innovative psychologically-driven plot, but the action is again dull and predictable and Bond is rendered virtually impotent of his action capabilities. What Benson tries to do here is more interesting and promising than his former work: a psychological mystery in which Bond, suffering from trauma headaches and frequent blackouts, is unsure of his actions: did he actually kill the beautiful doctor with whom he'd just made love? Is he being followed or just paranoid? An original idea, perhaps, but unfortunately this plot weakens rather than humanizes Bond. He spends the entire novel reacting to events rather than initiating the action, and Benson ends so many chapters with 007 falling into a black unconsciousness that it verges on sadism. In the end it's revealed [SPOILER ALERT] that the criminal mastermind has tampered with 007's nerve medication, making him paranoid and panicky--a development that recalls Bond's brainwashing in "The Man with the Golden Gun" (one of Fleming's weaker entries, I feel). Benson's writing still seems too sloppy and American to me (mint tea is described as "way too sweet for his tastes"), and he has a tendency to pepper his action sequences with exclamation points ("He had caught the terrorist!" "[I]t was the Union's building that had been bombed!"). Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Benson slips up with this entry 10. Juni 2000
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Benson fails to live up to what seemed a promising streak of successes with his first 3 novels. His fourth, Doubleshot, is certainly not bad. It is fast-paced and entertaining. He comes up with a rather unique central plot but then surrounds it with an obvious rip-off of Fleming's From Russia With Love. As many Bond plots are similar in their formula, this wouldn't be so distracting if there weren't so many instances. These are the most notable similarities.
1. SMERSH (FRWL) & UNION (DS) Both novels feature a criminal organization wanting to disgrace and embarrass MI6 and their top agent James Bond for destroying previous operations.
2. GEN G (FRWL) & LE GERANT (DS) The mysterious leader of the criminal organization is relegated to the back seat while a secondary villain is more prominent. (This was also used in Thunderball.)
3. ROSA KLEBB (FRWL) & DOMINGO ESPADA (DS) The secondary villain, who's in the employ of the above leader, is the primary baddie.
4. RED GRANT (FRWL) & PEREDUR GLYN (DS) A ruthless killer who is sent to watch over 007 and guide him into the trap.
5. KRONSTEEN (FRWL) & NADIR YASSASIN (DS) The chief strategist who devises the "ingenious" plan to trap and destroy 007 in an embarrasing fashion.
6. DARKO KERIM (FRWL) & RATIF LEGGAB (DS) The friendly and colorful section head of a branch intelligence office who befriends Bond and aids him on his mission.
Beside the above problems none of the characters were very well drawn, especially the twin Bond girls Hedy & Heidi Taunt. These two are supposed to be CIA agents? The CIA must have lowered their standards. While Hedy, at least, seems mildly intelligent, Heidi is a complete bimbo.
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"Doubleshot" is an excellent entry into the world of 007 by Raymond Benson. Mr. Benson proves yet again how he is a worthy successor to both John Gardner and, indeed, to even Ian Fleming. In his fourth original Bond novel, Mr. Benson takes a few risks with the character of James Bond which one who may only be familiar with 007 from the films may be surprised at, but there is no need to fear, as it is all resolved by the end.
Mr. Benson does another superb job in expanding on James Bond himself, all the while staying within the parameters established by Ian Fleming and brought to life in the various interpretations by Messrs. Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan. The reader will be a little shocked at some of the events, but need not be concerned, as Mr. Benson is a master in tying it all together. He is able to flesh out Bond to give the reader a true feeling for Bond as a human being, and thus allow the reader to more readily identify with 007. This is one of Mr. Benson's greatest strengths, as he demonstrates a great understanding of Bond as envisioned by Ian Fleming: the tough but occasionally vulnerable secret agent. Indeed, Bond is at his most human since Ian Fleming's penultimate full length Bond novel, "You Only Live Twice".
Mr. Benson also does a superb job in developing the other characters, as he introduces the reader to some very sexy Bond girls, and without spoiling it, thhe girls this time are his most successful, easily the best since John Gardner's Beatrice in "Win, Lose or Die" and "Cold Fall" and Ian Fleming's Tracy from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". As Mr.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Benson versenkt eine gute Grundidee im Mittelmaß
Wie bei seinen vorherigen Bond-Romanen gelingt es Benson einen Ansatz für eine Bond-Story zu finden, der Klasse ist und neuen Wind in die bekannten Bestandteile der Bond-Welt... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. August 2012 von S. Simon
5.0 von 5 Sternen Bond is back - better than ever!
Raymond Benson's Bond ist well remembered from Benson's other Bond novels "Zeros Minus Ten" and "High Time To Kill". Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2004 von Christian Schiller
2.0 von 5 Sternen Pass on this book, Mr. Bond
This book was definately NOT one of Benson's better efforts. The plot lacked the punch that was evident in his previous books while the author tried to impress the reader with his... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Brian Alonso
3.0 von 5 Sternen No deals ,Mr. Benson
Although I have enojoyed Mr Benson's other Bond stories, especially High Time.., I thought this one lacked punch. I could not relate this story to a James Bond type of adventure. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von JAMES CHAREST
5.0 von 5 Sternen I don't get the criticism...
I have read a lot of knocks on this title and I don't get it. It did take a bit to get me going at the start, but after that, I blitzed thru this book very fast. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von eknirb
1.0 von 5 Sternen A Double Shot of Disappointment
What was Benson thinking? Had this been the first Bond book ever written, it most assuredly also would have been the last. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen So So "00"
Raymond Benson's latest 007 adventure is another one of his predictable potboilers, though it does have its moments. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Mark Sheridan
4.0 von 5 Sternen Give us your best "Shot," Mr. Benson
Anyone who suffered through the years of less than stellar efforts by John Gardner (he was a great writer, but he clearly didn't have his heart invested in Bond) can read easy now. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2000 von "daysondrive"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Benson's Bond is Back with Intensity
"Doubleshot" is by far Raymond Benson's best 007 novel to date. He has shown us a different side of Bond that we haven't seen in years. Some of it we've never seen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2000 von Gary S. Rosenfeld
3.0 von 5 Sternen not Benson's best, but worth reading
This book is clearly a major slip for Raymond Benson, whose earlier Bond books skillfully combined the flavor of the Fleming books with enough creativity to keep the presentation... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2000 von krishna sherchan
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