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Which is better--the book or the movie? -- EW looks at both versions of ''Casino Royale,'' ''A Good Year,'' and ''Fast Food Nation''

Which is better--the book or the movie?

Ian Fleming (paperback)
Not content to keep James Bond at the card table, Royale's scripting trio fleshes out Fleming's plot with an origin story, a Madagascar jaunt, and Daniel Craig in a snug swimsuit.
Last Word
The film's darker take on 007 is a headier cocktail of grit, sex, and suspense. — Hannah Tucker

Peter Mayle (paperback) The '04 novel's vineyard-inheriting stockbroker (Russell Crowe) gets a fuller romance and more childhood flashbacks. Screenwriter Marc Klein also de-emphasizes a secondary plot about a mystery wine.
Final Word
Mayle's sensuous prose is a higher vintage. — Michelle Kung

Eric Schlosser (paperback) Schlosser adapts (with director Richard Linklater) his 2001 nonfiction exposé of fast-food corporations, inventing characters and (potentially real) scenarios.
Final Word
The book's stories of gross-out animal slaughters and corporate shadiness are more absorbing. — MK

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints

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