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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028248
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fleming was born in 1908 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went abroad to further his education. In 1931, having failed to get an appointment in the Foreign Office, he joined Reuters News Agency. During the Second World War, he was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising to the rank of Commander. His wartime experiences provided him with a first-hand knowledge of secret operations.

After the war he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. He built his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica and there at the age of forty-four he wrote Casino Royale, the first of his novels featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 1964, the James Bond adventures had sold more than forty million copies. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes. He is also the author of the magical children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The novels of Ian Fleming were immediately recognised as classic thrillers by his contemporaries Kingsley Amis, Raymond Chandler and John Betjeman. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.

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With a new introduction by Jonathan Kellerman.

About the Author

Born in London in 1908, Ian Fleming worked as a banker and journalist before serving in the British Naval Intelligence during World War II. He published his first novel Casino Royale in 1953 and thus started the astoundingly successful James Bond novels and films. Fleming died in 1964. Other titles include: Casino Royale (0141028300) Dr No (0141028270), For Your Eyes Only (0141028254), From Russia with Love (0141028297), Goldfinger (0141028319), Live and Let Die (0141028327), Moonraker (0141028335), Octopussy & The Living Daylights (0141028343), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (0141028351), The Man with the Golden Gun (0141028238), The Spy Who Loved Me (014102822X), Thunderball (0141028289), You Only Live Twice (0141028262)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Davidson on 6 Jan. 2007
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When reading this book it is best to clear your head of any preconceptions over the plot that may come from the film of the same name. The plot of the book is far superior. It contains many of the things that one would expect of a Bond book (a beautiful woman, a spectacular chase sequence, sadistic bad guys) but is written in such a fashion as to make all of this seem plausible rather than conjuring up images of Austin Powers style campery. For a start the characterisation is brilliant the Bond here is distinctly human rather than some kind of superman, he gets beaten, bloodied and almost killed. In Tiffany Case Fleming also gives us a fully rounded person rather than the forgettable cyphers that featured in the many of the films. The bad guys are also well drawn in the form of the eccentric and thuggish Serrafimo brothers and hooded killers Kidd and Wint (a million miles away from their clownish portrayl in the film).

The book also showcases Flemings skill as a travel writer with a depiction of mafia dominated 1950's Vegas that conjures up the sound and smells of that bizarre town with all its gaudiness and the desperation of punters chasing the "easy" money. Through the middle strides Bond tough, but by no means immortal, constantly suprised by the ingenuity and cruelty of the mafia men he goes toe to toe with and even periodically afflicted by self doubt and agonising between love and the life of the secret agent.
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2009
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Leave your expectations at the first page and forget all images of meglomaniacal masterminds with white cats intent on world domination, of laser satellites covered in diamonds or cheesy late sixties Las Vegas; Diamonds Are Forever (DAF) the novel is a million miles from the film of the same title.

Less a traditional espionage story and more a straight forward crime novel, the Bond of DAF behaves more like a simple detective and less like the super-spy of legend. Finding himself investigating a diamond smuggling ring for the very prosaic reason that it's costing the British government money, Bond is forced to take on the Mob rather than agents of SMERSH. To do so he has to go undercover on a mission that takes him from London to New York to Las Vegas and leaves him isolated and relying on his wits rather than any cunning gadgets.

As with all of the original Bond novels it takes a while to get used to Bond as Fleming wrote him rather than the Bond of the movies. It's also necessary to accept that this is a book published in 1956 and as such portrays a world that has little in common with our own contemporary one. Beyond the obvious physical differences such as the fact that the Las Vegas of 1956 is nothing like the Vegas of 2009, social attitudes have also changed almost beyond recognition in the last fifty-plus years. Attitudes Fleming expresses on matters of everything from sartorial taste to women to race may feel old fashioned or even unacceptable to contemporary readers but they are indicative of the time the book was published and should not be used as a reason to reject this or any of the other Bond novels.
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Diamonds Are Forever 27 Sept. 2013
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What a tantalizing cover this edition has. It really captures the enigmatic quality this particular James Bond novel by Ian Fleming exudes. In one sense this is Ian Fleming's homage to the mystique of the American gangster. Fleming's vision of the American gangster is one of a twisted, often emotionally and physically, violent character teeming with idiosyncrasies. They are a peculiar bunch to say the least. James Bond appears to be more the knight in shining armor in this novel than in most written by Fleming. Much of this can be attributed to the tough but sympathetic character of Tiffany Case whom Bond becomes emotionally attached and must rescue. It is interesting how in the film series the two primary directors, Terrence Young and Guy Hamilton, were influenced by the literary Bond created by Fleming. Hamilton seems to have been greatly influenced by this novel more than any of Fleming's others. We see Fleming's 1950's version of American hoodlums show up in Hamilton's "Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever" and even at the beginning of "The Man With The Golden Gun." More importantly this novel demonstrates Bond's affinity for the ever-fleeting notion of true love. Tiffany Case is the diamond in the rough that touches Bond's heart. This novel equally contains engaging scenes between James Bond and "M" and the overall description of the diamond smuggling pipeline is pure Fleming. This novel is highly recommended reading giving more insight into the psyche of James Bond.
Five Stars 25 Mar. 2015
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Classic James Bond.
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