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Diamonds are Forever: James Bond 007 (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; 3rd Vintage Impression edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,153 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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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 17 Jun. 2014
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Having worked my way through more than half of the Bond novels, you start to appreciate the Fleming could be an unpredictable writer and the interest for me often lies in the way these novels differ from the films. As a rule, the shorter novels illustrate Fleming at his most creative whereas it seems in the longer books that sometimes he is tired of his creation so that a book like "Dr. No" may include elements of hokum at the end or at least allow the tension to dissipate as the novels build to a climax. Whilst I would suggest that "FRWL" and "OHMSS" are probably the best of these longer books, "Diamonds are forever" is not far behind.

Part of the success of this novel stems from Fleming reining in his excesses and this book is better for Bond being up against American organised crime so that the more incredible elements that can spoil some of Fleming's writing are absent. I would also have to add that the fact that the last third of this novel is effectively a chase sequence does add to the excitement, especially as the heroine is not quite so two dimensional as in other 007 outings. In fact, Tiffany Case is probably one of his best crafted female characters. I'm not convinced by Victor's review that the villains lack menace and it is more a case that Fleming shelved the more absurd elements for a more credible picture of how well ingrained organised crime was in to many aspects of American society. The novel is assisted by the return of Felix Leiter whose life-threatening injuries incurred in "Live in let die" manifest themselves in him being far more gung-ho and reckless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richardbutler_1985 on 25 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
5/10

Probably the weakest Bond novel in the series to this point which was somewhat surprising to me as the film is a fond favourite (who would have thought that the screen and page could differ?!). This more felt like Bond visits various locations with a little bit of spying on the side.

The setup is no different to any other, Bond meets M and gets his mission (I do enjoy the relationship these two have), Bond sets off on mission and finds a lady to admire and try to woo (book Bond is not as suave with the women as film Bond), Bond does a bit of shooting and puzzle solving, Bond gets the bad guy and the mission is a success.

The book just didn’t work though this time though, the whole diamond smuggling aspect was quite interesting but the plot never really got fleshed out and the villain is less villainous and more just mediocre thug.

Overall it was disappointing (even the gambling aspect was toned down in this one which is quite a shock as a large chunk is in Vegas!) and didn’t live up to some of the others in the series. I hope Bond and Fleming will be back on form in “From Russia with Love”.

If you enjoy this try: Anything by Vince Flynn
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This is the first time that I have read a Bond novel, which is amazing as the books were a publishing phenomenon in my youth, but somehow they were not the books to be seen reading, they were rather too risqué, and out of bounds. Fifty years later they illustrate the detailed writing of Ian Fleming, certainly in this book, and I do intend to read the rest, there seems no field that Ian Fleming is not an expert in,he writes with so much confidence and knowledge. The book is barely recognisable from the film, and I do imagine Bond as Sean Connery,the picture is hard to get out of your mind.
Very good and entertaining read, but for me not quite 5*.
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By Grey on 11 May 2015
Format: Paperback
Fleming was a genius. The detail he wrote with is incredible, without being boring. This story rockets along at a great pace. It's a really entertaining and interesting read. So much better than the film too. Looking forward to picking up from Russia with love next.
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