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The author of the book: Ian Fleming
Edition: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date of issue: February 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781433261374
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 472 KB
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Reread this book after such a long time. This was my first brush with the iconic British spy in a book written by the creator, Ian Fleming. I had read a Bond novel by John Gardener earlier though.
The edition I have contains the following three stories
• The Living Daylights
• The Property of a Lady
Some editions feature an additional story - 007 IN NEW YORK. I wish my edition included this one.
In these stories you will get to accompany Bond on his missions across the globe: Jamaica, West Berlin and London. Enter the world of espionage, spies, traitors and assassins.
The best part: there are no outlandish plots, larger-than-life villains hell bent on taking over the world, even the iconic cars and fancy gizmos are absent. The stories are realistic (or at least what readers and critiques of spy fiction claim to be realistic) and I found then enjoyable. But a little bit of sexism is there in one of the stories.
Now we come to the stories –
Octopussy : Here, surprisingly, Bond has limited presence and dons the role of cop rather than that of a spy. 007 deals with a ex-British army major who had committed a crime during his posting in post WW2 Germany. Interestingly, the character of Hannes Oberhauser was first introduced in this book. I recognized the name from the movie Spectre. But, the story around the character has been somewhat altered in the movie.
I had watched Octopussy before reading the stories. But, the movie adaptation contains elements of this and The Property of a Lady and has built up on then. Octopussy has been condensed into a dialogue in the movie and while The Property of the Lady became a scene.
The Property of a Lady : Bond is tasked with identifying a top ranking Soviet spy during the auction of a Faberge art in Sootheby’s in London.
The Living Daylights : Here Bond’s mission is to facilitate the escape of a spy from East Berlin to West Berlin by taking care of a KGB sniper. In this story, the famous 007 would actually express his distaste at having to kill someone. The story would be part of the beginning scene in the movie adaption featuring Timothy Dalton as Bond.
The book also has some illustrations which use dots to create profiles of weapons, cars among others. I liked the designs.
Bond buffs and people interested in spy fiction would enjoy the book. The book is only 127 pages long and can be read in one sitting.
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.
Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two non-fiction books.
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