Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tabloid claims BOND 25 based on NEVER DREAM OF DYING

UK tabloid the Mirror has a splashy report that the next James Bond film will be based on Raymond Benson's 2001 continuation novel Never Dream of Dying.

James Bond will travel to Croatia in the 25th instalment of the 007 franchise. The film has the working title Shatterhand and the plot sees Daniel Craig’s spy battle a blind supervillain.
It is based on the 1999 [sic] thriller Never Dream Of Dying by US author Raymond Benson, who also wrote Bond books Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough
The novel opens with a police raid on a French movie studio that goes badly wrong, while an actress with a sordid past leads Bond to his final target.

Before you get too excited, remember that in July 2013 the Sun reported that Bond 24 would be based on Sebastian Faulks 2008 continuation novel Devil May Care. That movie became SPECTRE. So I wouldn't go "Banco" on this news.

About the only thing I could see coming to pass is the use of the title Shatterhand. This, of course, is Blofeld's cover name in Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice. If Daniel Craig returns (which has not yet been officially confirmed), I could see a continuation of the SPECTRE storyline in which Bond has his final battle with Blofeld a.k.a. Shatterhand in Japan. And it's a great title.

But what about the use continuation novels, Benson or otherwise? While elements from the continuation novels have appeared several times [read: Déjá vu, Mr. Bond], SPECTRE was the first Bond film to finally credit use of a continuation novel element, namely the torture scene from Colonel Sun. So it looks like continuation novels are now in the mix. And Never Dream of Dying, which finds Bond in the world of the movie business, is a terrific book.

Never Dream of Dying U.S. and UK first editions.

At the moment, the only official news about the next James Bond film is that it will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2019.

UPDATE: Raymond Benson has posted the following to his Facebook:


  1. All nonsense and fake news. NEVER was a real story.

  2. Donovan Mayne-NichollsAugust 2, 2017 at 6:04 AM

    I've read all Bond continuation novels and NDoD is without the worst of the lot. Not only it is badly written (Benson should have never been given the gig, he had not written any fiction before ZMT and his prose never improved beyond the car manual style) but the plot was bad and, quite frankly, Bond behaved in it like a stupid teenager (the much maligned Brosnan Bond behaved much closer to Fleming in a similar situation in TWINE). The only special thing about it is that Benson takes some beloved Fleming characters and strips them of all dignity in order to be edgy, as well as including a completely gratuitous sexually explicit scene.
    If Eon were ever to consider adapting the continuation novels, they would first read them. Obviously, the writer of the article didn't. This is probably the most notoriety Benson's ever received. I can't recall his name being ever mentioned beyond Bond-related websites back in the day.


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