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Diamonds are Forever: James Bond 007 (Vintage Classics) [Paperback]

Ian Fleming
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6 Sep 2012 Vintage Classics

'The twentieth century looked out at him from the piece of newsprint and bared its teeth in a sneer'

From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino, Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the Spangled Mob in Fleming's fourth 007 adventure.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099576880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576884
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,395 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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"The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written by an Englishman. The scene is almost entirely American and it rings true to an American. I am unaware of any other writer who has accomplished this" (Raymond Chandler)

"James Bond is one of the most cunningly synthesized heroes in crime fiction" (Observer)

"A brilliant story that maintains the promise of an extremely clever introduction" (Manchester Evening News)

"Once again Ian Fleming has brought it off" (Birmingham Post)

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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Published in 1956, this is the fourth outing in print for Ian Fleming's spy James Bond. Here Bond is sent out to follow a diamond smuggling pipeline and to close it down. Inserted into the pipeline undercover, he has to deal with ruthless American Gangsters the Spangled mob, working his way through various scrapes with fixed horse races, hot mud baths and runaway steam locomotives before finally getting to the brains of the operation.

It is written with all of Fleming's verve and eye for detail. The opening paragraphs are adsorbing, and the big set pieces, especially the locomotive chase, are thrilling and breathtaking. These are the real strengths of the book. However, it does have a weakness in that the plot really isn't up to much, and the villains are less than impressive. Fleming tries to talk them up, but there is never really any feeling of threat or danger. And the plot does have a few holes in it. In all, these weaknesses are overcome by the strength of Fleming's writing. Even with unimpressive villains and a weak plot it is still an exciting read. Fleming had a real flair for adding in little descriptive touches that really build a vivid image in the mind's eye and transport the reader to the scene, I always find it adsorbing. On balance, 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie 12 Nov 2013
By KK_Bing
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These books are classics and give so much more depth to the characters. A recommended read for any true 007 fan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting adventure. 14 Oct 2013
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Yeah, it's OK. No masterpiece or anything, certainly not by Fleming's standards. Comes across more like a travelogue. But still.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond at best! 5 Oct 2013
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Great book! Bond books so much better than movie counterparts. Felix Leiter returns. Politically incorrect and sexist by today's standards but great fun anyway!
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