Brian Clare at twitchfilm.com offers his view that the films have erred in not filming seven action scenes from Fleming's thrillers.
It's tough to watch many of the James Bond movies after reading the novels. Rather than simply a suave killing machine, Ian Fleming's Bond was a more troubled, complex character, capable of genuine fear, stubborn determination and surprising humor, and who often felt regret and exhaustion in response to his violent lifestyle.
The Daniel Craig incarnation of the series seems to be striving to get back to this hard-edged Bond, and Skyfall director Sam Mendes has even spoken at length about the inspiration he took from Fleming's novels. I've already addressed some of my favorite surprising Bond characterizations from the books, but, with all of this talk about getting back to the source material, now is the perfect time to explore some of the more elegant, intense and occasionally insane action set pieces in Fleming's novels, which never made it into the films.
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