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Carte Blanche: James Bond Arrives, But Will It Be Worth His Returning? [No Major Spoilers]
Since the James Bond books were relaunched as a regular ongoing series with Licence Renewed by John Gardner back in 1981 they've suffered mixed fortunes. Initially hugely successful best sellers, by the time Gardner moved on in 1996 after fourteen books and two novelizations sales had fallen badly (though they perhaps oddly remained higher in America) and even his biggest supporters tended to be of the opinion that doing one a year for that long had taken its toll, and the quality had reached pretty much rock bottom. Though personally I'd say there's only two outrageously bad Gardner books, Win Lose or Die and the Goldeneye adaptation.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.