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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?

CASINO ROYALE
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

A GOOD YEAR
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

FAST FOOD NATION
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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