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Which big screen versions of our favourite books have managed to preserve their essence, even introducing the original text to new audiences? Alexander Armstrong, presenter of Classic FM's Summer Book Club, has a good idea of the ones that work for him.
Alexander Armstrong says, "The success of Ian Fleming’s creation, James Bond, is evident from not only his novels and short story collections but the continuation novels and spin-off works that have been released since his death." Daniel Craig currently plays Bond and his first outing in the role was in Casino Royale in 2006. This was based on Fleming’s debut Bond novel, published in 1953, that’s actually been adapted for the screen three times. Staying faithful to Fleming’s story while successfully reinventing the franchise, Casino Royale was the highest-grossing Bond film of all time – that is, until Skyfall came along.
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