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James Bond 007, Doubleshot (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. August 2000

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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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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 bringt. So ist Doubleshot" im ersten Viertel wirklich super, weil man sich lange fragt, ob Bond, der bei einem Einsatz schwere Verletzungen davon getragen hat, wirklich halluziniert, ob sich sowas also wirklich mal auf seinen generellen Zusatnd auswirkt, oder ob sich das jemand ausgedacht hat, was hier passiert.
Als der Roman jedoch seinen Handlungsschauplatz von England nach Afrika verlegt, geht der Spannungsbogen deutlich nach unten. Eine durchaus witzige Szene ist Bonds Zugfahrt und deren Auflösung, aber insgesamnt hängt der Mittelteil durch.
Richtung Finale gewinnt die Story dann wieder an Konsistenz und Spannung. Allerdings begeht Benson einen groben Schnitzer. Sicher würde Bond sich nicht kurz vor Schluss mit der Sekretärin des Schurken einlassen, wenn er damit rechnen muss, dass diese eine gewisse Person der Handlung näher kennt (wer das ist, wäre unfair zu verraten) und so aufzufliegen. Einfach ein dummer, vermeidbarer Fehler.
Die Story, dass sich jemand an Bond rächen möchte, gab es schonmal in John Gardners Niemand lebt für immer". Zwar nicht mit einer so genialen Grundidee wie sie Benson aufbietet, aber dafür besser ausgefährt.
Fazit: Erneut bedauert man es, dass Benson eine anfangs tolle Grundidee im Verlaufe der Handlung nicht besser zu nutzen weiß und das am Ende nur Mittelmaß dabei heraus kommt.
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What was Benson thinking? Had this been the first Bond book ever written, it most assuredly also would have been the last. The protagonist is nothing short of stupid -- embarassingly so. One of Bond's saving graces has always been his ability to overcome adversity and ultimately triumph. Perhaps as a result of inadequate plot and character development, the challenges Bond faces appear by no means to be insurmountable, even for a moderately capable novice spy. Yet superspy Bond wanders through this story almost as a spectator, allowing things to happen to him and never taking the initiative. He is a victim throughout. One would think the Union set their plot in motion by reducing Bond's IQ to about 23. Were this the Bond of Fleming's imagination, he would have seen through the Union's ruse in an instant, and would have dealt with them summarily. His recent ordeal (in the prior novel) is no excuse for what ultimately is a vapid, slow moving, boring chronicle of one mistake after another by a hero whom the author has made into a fool.
Benson "phoned this one in". Any one chapter of Fleming's or Gardner's books (or Benson's previous efforts) has more plot and character develpoment. Poor Mr. Fleming is spinning in his grave like a chicken on a rotisserie.
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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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Raymond Benson brings James Bond 007 into the new Millenium with a bang. He picks up where his previous novel HIGH TIME TO KILL left off. Bond is on Medical Leave this time around, due to a head injury sustained from his last mission. Little does he know that the crime syndicate The Union is still after him. They have a devious plot in which to get their revenge for Bond's ruining of their last crime.They have made an exact double of 007. The double is supposed to ruin Bond's reputation, and his mental well-being. To aide in this evil plan we have several twisted characters. Some of which include Domingo Espada, an insane Spanish politician who wants control of Gibraltar to go back to spain. As well as Marguarita Piel Espada's female helper, Nadir Yasassin The Union's Moroccan contact, and of course, 007's double. These vividly described characters are no match for 007,as they soon learn. 007 has help from various sources, even though he disobeyed M's orders. Hedy and Heidi Taunt are two CIA agents, who are identical twins. Their objective was to apprehend 007 and bring him back to London. The reason being was because of the acts of his double. Bond convinces the two to help him. They are to help him, because he is on house arrest,at M's insistence. This novel is a great addition to any library, and certainly to the 007 mantle. Keep up the great work Mr. Benson.
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