I couldn’t get Colin Firth in for Pride and Prejudice because TV isn’t the movies so I chose Bridget Jones’s Diary. You have to agree, even in the horrible Christmas sweater, he’s sexy. The rest, well, they speak for themselves – and Brad speaks twice. The books that helped these men create indelible performances – from the uptight barrister of Bridget Jones’ s Diary to the straining at familial ties fly-fisherman of A River Runs Through It to the against-all-odds lifelong love affairs of The Notebook and Brokeback Mountain– these are the books you want to read in bed. And with books this good, you don’t need a movie to get your imagination going.
In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.
This semi-autobiographical novel about the power and beauty of nature l inspired the classic film of the same name. The story of a Presbyterian family from turn-of-the century Montana for whom "there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," it focuses on the relationship of two brothers: Older Norman who is try to straighten out his wild younger brother, Paul.
Many of us have seen the ineffably beautiful Ang Lee film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, but how many have read the Annie Proulx short story that was the basis for it? Originally published in The New Yorker in 1997, this elegant literary work manages to convey the magnitude of the film in very few pages—and is a revelation for those who believe the short story too narrow to contain multitudes. If you love this story, you'll want to read the original story collection, Close Range.