1 thought on “No Deals, Mr. Bond”

  1. Bond pulls out a group of young double agents from East Germany in the wake of a blown "honeypot" operation. Five years later, someone is killing them off, despite new identities. 'M' sends Bond outside of any sanctions or support for reasons I cannot exactly remember 200 pages later A very nice surprise for me, Gardner's no. 6 is a good and entertaining Bond story. I think much of his success lies in keeping it simple; the storyline in this one could be summarized in quite few words. Bond is al [...]

  2. Ωραία! Ο κ. Bond, James Bond, λοιπόν, αυτή τη φορά μπλέκεται σε μια ιστορία γεμάτη γυναίκες! Νέες! Σέξι! Το πιάσαμε το νόημα! Και πέρα από αυτό;; Ε, πέρα από αυτό βάλε μέσα μερικούς κακούς Σοβιετικούς, μερικούς διπλούς πράκτορες, μερικές ανατροπές και ως αποτέλεσμα έχεις το No deals, Mr. Bond! Κ [...]

  3. This was the first James Bond book that I have read as an adult. I ploughed my way through the Ian Fleming novels when I was eleven or twelve, and thoroughly enjoyed their blend of sex, violence and mid- 20th Century adventure. I then continued to get my Bond fix from the John Gardner 007 novels from the '80s, which I enjoyed to a lesser degree, but still enjoyed despite the jarring oddities (Bond drives a Saab 900? Really?).So now, about 30 years later I picked up "No Deals, Mr. Bond", and thou [...]

  4. John Gardner’s sixth book in the James Bond series is quite a fast paced affair. Following Bond’s part in allowing a group of agents to flee Redland ‘in their socks’ it becomes apparent that the KGB have tracked them down and are exacting a terrible revenge five years on. M sends Bond in to save the surviving spies from their horrible fate; Bond must go native with no help from the service and he will be left in the cold should he fall foul of even our own police. By using his own contac [...]

  5. As usual, the book version of James Bond inhabits a different and more interesting world than the film version. Published in 1987, the year of The Living Daylights starring Timothy Dalton, the Bond of No Deals, Mr. Bond is a quieter and less violent man. His mission here is to rescue the endangered operatives and find the mole who betrayed them in an old honeypot operation that went very wrong. Like other Gardner efforts in the series, Bond is subdued, more pursued than pursuer, and his body cou [...]

  6. No Deals, Mr. Bond by John Gardner is Gardner Bond novel number six. I know I've said it before and I'll say it again John Gardner just gets Bond. In this novel, Bond is put in the most vonrewabble and terrifying situation. Our super spy is set on a double secret mission in which he has no official support. Bond must use everything an agent of his ability has at his disposal in order to complete the mission and come out alive. Gardner spins the super spy world upside down. The trust no one mantr [...]

  7. Previously, the only John E. Gardner novel I had read was his novelization of 1989's Licence to Kill. My biggest qualm with that book was the filmic pace which it painfully transplanted onto the literary Bond. However, as the book was a novelization of a film script this can be forgiven. What I cannot forgive, though, is Gardner adopting the same technique in an original novel, as is the case with No Deals, Mr Bond.No Deals, Mr Bond concerns Bond's mission to retrieve a collection of people who [...]

  8. As far as I know, this is the only Bond novel to include the main character’s name in the title. In retrospect, that surprises me, given how popular said character actually is. Wouldn’t they sell even more copies if each book was clearly identified as a Bond novel (not that they aren’t pretty clearly identified as such anyway, I guess)? Regardless, this title stands out for another reason: Unless I missed it – and I’m pretty sure I didn’t – the phrase “No Deals, Mr. Bond” appea [...]

  9. For me, Gardner's first two Bond novels (Licence Renewed and For Special Services) are a bit weird, bringing a little of his off-kilter Boysie Oakes-style to the Bond franchise (which is what it had become). But his third novel, icebreaker, was one of his best, and it seems he'd found a formula and style that suited the mid-to late eighties period of these books. The follow-ups, Role of Honour, Nobody Lives Forever and this one, No Deals Mr Bond make up his best Bond books, relying more on a Le [...]

  10. Another episode in the life of James Bond. I like how John Gardner handles the character - more than any other non-Fleming Bond writer, he seems to get the world and the characters best (although I think he went one step too far with the 'qute' character.The story is fast paced and adventurous enough to hide a very clever and all too plausible spy novel unfolding. James Bond has to clean up after a blown Honey Pot operation sees its operatives being killed off and things go from bad to worse as [...]

  11. 3 1/2 stars isn't an option, so I'll go with 3. NO DEALS, MR. BOND is a good overall work, but the best parts take too long to reach, some of the characters need more development and there are some lulls throughout.The climax of this one and the surprises are quite good. I'm quite certain it is difficult to bring a unique spin to the 007 formula every time out of the gate and while NO DEALS, MR. BOND has a solid lead-in and foundation set with the orders from M and it hits some great locales pep [...]

  12. This book has a good premise: Bond has to save the lives of survivors from a past mission. Like almost all of Gardner's Bond books so far, the plot does deal with double agents, but at least here, we know from early on that a traitor is in play (though we get another unnecessary heel turn that adds nothing to the plot). The action takes Bond to Hong Kong in the climax, which offers the opportunity for Gardner to engage in some racial caricatures that were cringe-worthy when the book was written. [...]

  13. This book is quite good, but is made worse by many pointless complicated plot twists and boring sequences. The highlights are the shootout at the castle, the car escape from the castle and the hunt at the end.The difference between John Gardner's books and Ian Fleming's is that Ian Fleming's 007 stays in casinos and drinks martinis, but Gardner's stays in hotels and drinks coffee, which isn't nearly as fun.

  14. Fand ich nicht umwerfend. Gardners Standardrezept für seine Bond-Romane wird zu offensichtlich, ein bisschen weniger Offenbarungen von Doppelagenten in der letzten Minute wäre angenehmer gewesen.Die Ideen wirken langsam zu bemüht, mir würde eine Geschichte wie „Kernschmelze“ oder „Der Kunstsammler“ zur Abwechslung besser gefallen: Reicher Bösewicht, will ein Verbrechen begehen, Bond schmuggelt sich rein und hält ihn auf.

  15. I must confess - I am a confirmed fan of Mr. Gardner's Bond books. This entry in the series however has much more in common with the work of John Le Carre than it does with Ian Fleming - it is a fast-paced tale of cross, double-cross and tradecraft skullduggery rather than the cruel, often spartan work of Mr.Fleming's seminal original series.Not the best in Mr. Gardner's line of Bond books, but definitely right up there as the most original and cerebral.

  16. John Gardner does a good job with this entry into the Bond series. Bond must find out who is killing the agents involved in a past attempt to turn E. German bigwigs. Fast paced and exciting, I recommend this to Bond fans.

  17. number six from Gardner and his best effort so far , nice plot ,chases , Bond still drives a Saab , and I didn't put it down till the end .

  18. Still not nearly as well written as a real Fleming, but diverting. There were only a few spots where I thought it was particularly heavy handed.

  19. I can only read Fleming's Bond novels so many times So it's fun to read one I hadn't read twice before. It's missing some of Fleming's nuances and character, but hey. It's still Bond.

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