This fourth Bond adventure was so much fun that I never found myself making movie comparisons. In my mind, Bond was once again played by a young Hoagy Carmichael, and Kidd and Wint bore a simultaneously hilarious and disturbing resemblance to Penn and Teller. From the locations to the horse racing to the gambling to the villains to the return of Felix Leiter, I really enjoyed this book. If not for the usual racism, misogyny, and Tiffany Case’s gratuitously horrible backstory, this would have been a perfect spy thriller for me.
In the case of Diamonds are Forever book vs movie, Tiffany Case had it right: “It reads better than it lives.”