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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the discussion of the first eleven chapters of On Her Majesty's Secret Service !

(If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)


Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or thoughts about how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Reminder: Trigger warnings for the book include rape, violence/murder, physical assault, death of a child (mention), and brainwashing.


Some questions to get us started:

  1. What do you think about Tracy as a character, and as the love interest of a Bond novel?


  2. How do you feel about the plot of the book so far?


  3. What was memorable about this half of the book for you?


The whole book discussion is later this month; please no spoilers for the end of the book yet. Happy discussing!
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And so July comes to a close, and so our 007 Fest ends! We hope you have all enjoyed yourselves during the Fest, and those taking part in the 007 Games have enjoyed their team activities and earning points for their teams! Don’t forget that you can submit your point until August 6th  - see this post for more information!

Monthly Recs

This month our rec theme is 007 Fest. This month we want to see your favourite fanworks which have been made during the course of the previous month in the 007 Fest! Send in your favourite art, fic or other fanworks!! Send in your submissions using our rec form here!

MI6 Café Book Club and Film Club!

Our next book club will be for You Only Live Twice which will be held on 13th and 27th August.

Potential trigger warnings for this book include:


  • Violence

  • Nuclear war issues

  • Piranhas (people being eaten)

In film club will be watching Goldeneye on 6th August, and Tomorrow Never Dies on 20 August. Please see the schedules for more information on times!

Monthly Challenge

This month’s challenge is Finish It!

Take that one idea that you never quite got around to finishing and finish it! Maybe it’s an idea that you’ve always wanted to do and never had the chance to, or a half written story that needs an ending.

Don’t forget to tag your challenge responses with #mi6cafechallenge!

This Month’s Questions

Don’t forget that these questions are also released on tumblr as our Weekly Questions! That means twice the discussion! Feel free to use these questions as conversation starters and get to know your fellow Bond Fans!


  1. Who is your favourite Bond lady and why?

  2. Do you like cis swapped characters? What are your headcanons for cis-fem!Bond and cis-fem!Q?

  3. What kind of fan works do you enjoy in the Bond fandom? Why is this? Do you enjoy certain fanworks or tropes in Bond fandom that you don’t in other fandoms?

  4. Who’s your favourite fan creator in the fandom? Why are they your favourite?

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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the discussion on chapters 1-11 of Thunderball! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)

Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or thoughts about how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Some questions to get us started:


  1. How much were you laughing about Bond and the health clinic?

  2. What did you think about Nurse Patricia Fearing?  

  3. This is our first glimpse of--dundundun!--Blofeld and SPECTRE. Do you miss SMERSCH? What do you think of this first appearance of the man and the organization that have been so important to the plot of our latest Bond movie and a bunch of the early ones as well?

  4. We also meet Domino! Thoughts?

  5. What else was memorable for you during the first half of the book? 

Remember, no spoilers for the second half of the book! Happy discussing!
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the first discussion on For Your Eyes Only! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!) For Your Eyes Only is a short story collection, and for this post we're discussing From A View to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, and Quantum of Solace.

Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or thoughts about how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Questions to get us started:
1) What was most memorable about From a View to Kill for you?
2) In For Your Eyes Only, what did you think of Bond's interactions with M and Judy?
3) Quantum of Solace isn't really a typical Bond adventure--did you enjoy the chance of pace?  
4) For those who have seen the film Quantum of Solace, how do you think the short story relates to it, if at all?


This is a spoiler-friendly zone, but only for the FIRST THREE STORIES in the collection. If you've read ahead, please hold your discussion of the last two stories for the second book club post at the end of the month.

Happy discussing!
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Is it April already? It’s been a busy month at the MI6 Café, the Last Drabble Writer Standing Challenge has now completed, and a massive congratulations to our top three:

1. astudyinfic​
2. Corpus invictus
3. beaubete​

Don’t forget even if you’re not into creating, you can still take part in our live streams and book clubs, see below for more information!

Anon commenting is on so you don’t need an LJ account to join in the fun on this post! Please note, if you are using anon commenting , could you put your name/handle into the subject line/body of the comment so that everyone knows who they are talking to!

Monthly Recs

We received some fab recs over March for the theme “under 200 kudos/notes”. You can view the rec list here.
This month we’re looking for meta recs! We want to see those metas that people have written about our favourite characters, reasons behind things we have seen or read but haven’t necessarily been explained. We want those metas that go into detail about the lighting or scenery or about certain turns of phrase!

Submit your meta recs to our fic rec form here and they will be released with the next monthly post!

MI6 Café Book + Film Club

Our next book for book club will be For Your Eyes Only, which is a short story collection! The book clubs will be held on 16th (for From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only and Quantum of Solace) and 30th (for Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity) of April!

In film club will be watching Moonraker on the 2nd of April, and For Your Eyes Only on 16th of April. Please see the schedules for more information on times!

This Month’s questions

Don’t forget that these questions are also released on tumblr as our Weekly Questions! That means twice the discussion! Feel free to use these questions as conversation starters and get to know your fellow Bond Fans!

1. People who ship non-canon ships, how do you make sure not to infringe on canon love interests when you're writing fics/working on headcanons?"

2. What game does each member of the MI6 Squad play on their phone? (Is Bond an old-school ‘snake’ player? Does Q play Scrabble?)

3. What is one scene from the franchise that you would say is the most pivotal to the 00Q relationship?

4. What does Q get up to that we don’t really get to see in the movies? What’s his biggest non-Bond-related accomplishment?
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the whole-book discussion on Goldfinger! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)

Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or thoughts about how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Questions to get us started:
1) What are your thoughts on Goldfinger as a villain now that you've read the whole book?
2) We finally met Pussy Galore--what did you think of her as a character, and of Fleming's treatment of lesbians in the book?
3) Were you satisfied with the second half of the book?
4) What were some memorable moments for you from the second half of the book?
5) If you were going to rewrite Goldfinger, what would you change?


This is a spoiler-friendly zone! Everyone is assumed to have read the book at this point, and the comments below will reflect this.

Happy discussing!
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the discussion on the first half of Goldfinger! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)


Reminder that trigger/content warnings for this book, including the second half, are: racism, homophobia, sexism, slurs, violence, torture, drug use, and also discussion of rape/past incest. Please read and discuss what's safe for you. <3  


Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!


Questions to get us started: feel free to answer any or all of these as you like, and to pose your own!


  1. What did you think of Bond's recollections while he's stuck in the airport in the first part of the book?



  1. Unlike Doctor No in the last book, Goldfinger makes an early entrance--what are your impressions of him as a Bond villain?



  1. Card games and golf, two of Fleming's (and Bond's) favorite hobbies, both show up in the first half of the book. Are you loving Fleming's detailed approach to showing us those things or aching to slash whole swathes of text out of the book?



  1. What are some moments from this half of the book that you found memorable?



  1. If you haven't finished the book yet, what do you think will happen in the second half?


Remember: this is a no-spoiler zone! Please only discuss chapters 1-11; we'll talk about the whole book at the next book club in two weeks.


Happy discussing!
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the whole-book discussion on Doctor No! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)

Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or thoughts about how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Questions to get us started:
1) We finally met Doctor No! Thoughts?
2) What did you think about Doctor No's obstacle course of pain and death?
3)
Now that you've read the whole book, how do you feel about Honey as a character, and about Fleming's treatment of her?
4)
Were you satisfied with the book's ending?
5) What were some memorable moments for you from the second half of the book?

This is a spoiler-friendly zone! Everyone is assumed to have read the book at this point, and the comments below will reflect this.

Happy discussing!
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the discussion on the first half of Doctor No! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)


Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!


Questions to get us started: feel free to answer any or all of these as you like, and to pose your own!


  1. What did you think of M and his interactions with Bond?

  2. How do you feel about Honeychile?

  3. Bond depends quite a lot on Quarrel. What do you think of their partnership?

  4. Fleming tends to give us a good look at the villain by now, but we still haven't seen Doctor No! Are you enjoying the suspense?

  5. If you haven't finished the book yet, what do you think will happen in the second half?


And I know that there are always little things in the books that I appreciate that don't fall into the broad categories above, so feel free to share any memorable moments! :D


Remember: this is a no-spoiler zone! Please only discuss chapters 1-11; we'll talk about the whole book at the next book club in two weeks.


Happy discussing!
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Welcome to book club! Get your drinks, snacks, and any notes you have, and gather around for the discussion on the first half of From Russia, With Love! (If you're here and you're not sure where to find the book, check the resources post in the sidebar on the right!)

Book club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favorite secret agent. We have questions to help get things started, but there are no set discussions. If you have anything interesting that you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!

Questions to get us started:
1) What did you think about Fleming's decision to start the book with ten chapters from the POV of various antagonists?
2) What are your feelings about these villains that Fleming shows us in so much detail? From Red Grant to Rosa Klebb to the Russian generals to the manufactured love interest Tatiana Romanova, Bond seems to have a formidable group of people arrayed against him!
3) What other things stood out to you in the first half of the book?

Remember, we're only talking about chapters 1-13 on this post, so be careful of potential spoilers. The whole-book discussion comes at the end of the month. Happy reading! 
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the final discussions on Diamonds Are Forever! (If you want any resources for DaF, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right!)
Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There are no set discussions--if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies, then do share!
Some questions to get us started!
1) What do you think of the book overall? What bits would you want to improve?
2) Has the book changed your opinion on James Bond (the character)? What new qualities do you think he has?
3) What did you think about the ending of the book? (In general, but also the last line, "It reads better than it lives.")
These questions are just to get you started. As always, please post your opinions, views and other discussion points about the book that you want to talk about! Happy discussing!
Note - we will be discussing THE WHOLE book this week, so naturally there will be spoilers if you have not yet finished the book!
Please note - our next book is From Russia With Love, but the start date is undecided due to the upcoming winter holiday. We'll update the schedule in the sidebar when we have more information, and in the meantime, feel free to check out our resources page, where you can find copies of the book, and read ahead!
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the final discussions on Moonraker!
If you want any resources for the Moonraker book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what we're discussing this week!
Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussions, if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!
Some Questions to get us started!
1) What do you think of the book overall? What bits would you want to improve?
2) Has the book changed your opinion on James Bond (the character)? What new qualities do you think he has?
3) What is the funniest scene in the book?
These questions are just to get you started, as always please post your opinions, views and other discussion points about the book that you want to talk about! Happy discussing!
Note - we will be discussing THE WHOLE book this week, so naturally there will be spoilers if you have not yet finished the book!
Please note - our next book is Diamonds are Forever, and will start on the 7th of November. Please check the schedules and resources post for more information about the book club times and where you can find copies of the book!
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the opening discussions on Moonraker!
If you want any resources for the Moonraker book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what we're discussing this week!
Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussion, so if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!
Some Questions to get us started!
1) What are your impressions of the book so far?
2) Why do you think Fleming included Loelia's character in the novel?
3) What do you think about Hugo Drax?
These questions are just to get you started. As always please post your opinions, views and other discussion points about the book that you want to talk about! Happy discussing!
Note - we will be discussing chp 1-12 of the book this week, so keep spoilers for the second half of the book to a minimum!
Please note - our next book is Diamonds are Forever, and will start on the 7th of November. Please check the schedules and resources post for more information about the book club times and where you can find copies of the book!
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the final discussions on Life and Let Die!
If you want any resources for the Casino Royale book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what we're discussing this week!
Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussions, if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!
Some Questions to get us started!
1) What do you think of the book overall? What bits would you want to improve?
2) Has the book changed your opinion on James Bond (the character)? Why is this?
3) Have you enjoyed the read along for this month? What has been your favourite bits so far?
These questions are just to get you started, as always please post your opinions, views and other discussion points about the book that you want to talk about! Happy discussing!
Note - we will be discussing the WHOLE book this week, so naturally there will be spoilers if you have not yet finished the book!
Please note - our next book is Moonraker, and will start on the 3rd of October. Please check the schedules and resources post for more information about the book club times and where you can find copies of the book!
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the first discussions on Live and Let Die! If you want any resources for the book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what chapters we're discussing this week!

Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussions, if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!
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Please note: Live and Let Die (and most of the other Bond books, if we're honest) contains a lot of racist material. Slurs without asterisks or other censoring will not be tolerated. If you’re not quoting, please avoid using slurs altogether, but if you are quoting, use asterisks! This is not restricted to the n-word, but any slur used in the books, racial or otherwise.
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Some questions to start off

  • What are your impressions of the book so far?

  • What do you think of Fleming's depiction of a culture that would have been considered exotic by him and most of his readers?

  • Do you have any favourite characters or scenes so far?

We will be discussing chapters 1 - 11 of the book this week, so naturally there will be spoilers if you have not yet finished these chapters. Please don't discuss anything that happens in other chapters if you've read ahead!
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Welcome back to Book Club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for the final discussions on Casino Royale!

If you want any resources for the Casino Royale book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what we're discussing this week!

Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussions, if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!

Some Questions to get us started!

1) What do you think of the book overall? What bits would you want to improve?
2) Has the book changed your opinion on James Bond (the character)? Why is this?
3) Have you enjoyed the read along for this month? What has been your favourite bits so far?

These questions are just to get you started, as always please post your opinions, views and other discussion points about the book that you want to talk about! Happy discussing!

Note - we will be discussing the WHOLE book this week, so naturally there will be spoilers if you have not yet finished the book!

Please note - our next book is Live and Let Die, and will start on the 5th of September. Please check the schedules and resources post for more information about the book club times and where you can find copies of the book!
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Welcome to the first MI6 Cafe book club! Get your drinks, snacks and any notes you have and gather round for Book Club!

If you want any resources for the Casino Royale book, please find the link to the resources in the sidebar on the right! Please check the schedule to find out what we're discussing this week!

Book Club is designed to be a place where you can go beyond the Bond movies and delve into another medium with our favourite secret agent. There is no set discussions, if you have anything interesting you want to discuss about your reading experience, comments on the text, or even how reading the book might have changed your view on the characters in the movies then do share!

How this works

  • Reading of Casino Royale starts now!

  • On the 8th of August there will be a discussion post for chapters 1-13

  • On the 15th of August there will be a discussion post for chapters 14-27 and the book as a whole

  • The discussion post at the halfway point is for the specified chapters only! Please don't post spoilers for the rest of the book in the first one, or in the comments on this post, for that matter

Trigger Warnings
The Bond books were written in the 1950s and 60s, and contain examples of things that are not exceptable today. Casino Royale contains examples of:

  • g*psy slur used

  • discussion of rape

  • racism

  • sexism

The book also contains examples of:

  • smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

  • violence

  • suicide

  • torture

  • drug use (mention)

  • car accident

  • death

No one should read something that makes them uncomfortable, so please heed the warnings. If you have any questions or need clarification, contact [livejournal.com profile] isthisrubble (livejournal or tumblr). If you have read the book before and think there are other things that should be on the lists, comment below so everyone can see.

Some Questions to get us started!

1) What do you expect to be different in the book from the movies?
2) Is this your first time reading any of the Bond books?
3) Has reading the book so far inspired you to change the way you approach Bond in fandom?

Happy discussing!

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