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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141045019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141045016
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,992 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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Masterful … beautifully written (Raymond Chandler The Sunday Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr No is the sixth appearance in print for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1958 it is very much of it's time in certain attitudes and the dangers facing the world, but it is a ripping yarn that holds up well still today.

Following the near fatal events of `From Russia With Love', and Bond's extended convalescence, he is sent by M to Jamaica on what should be an easy case to ease Bond back into the groove. A relaxing holiday in the sun as M puts it. Two operatives, the local station chief and his secretary, have mysteriously disappeared. Bond is sent to find out what happened to them, and to look into the sudden reduction in numbers of a rare bird, the roseate spoonbill, on nearby Crab Key. What looks like a simple matter, well below his abilities, quickly turns into something more sinister, and eventually leads Bond into a struggle that pushes him right to the limits of his physical and mental endurance. Every step of the way is a trial for Bond, and from the moment he sets foot in Jamaica he has to be on the top of his game to avoid ending up dead, and to protect those around him.

It's a thrilling book, and once again Fleming writes with bags of atmosphere. You can picture the syrupy glow of the sun in Jamaica, hear the birds in the trees, feel every ounce of terror and pain inflicted on the characters. There are several bravura sequences, which are totally and utterly gripping; Bond's encounter with a deadly centipede, and his fight for survival in Dr No's lair are nailbiting and exhausting examples. Added to which is Fleming's ability to relate mundane matters in an interesting way - the guano industry is central to the book, and Fleming makes his essential description of this most uninteresting sounding subject both informative and enthralling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Re-reading "Doctor No" for the first time in forty years reminded me of just how many liberties the film makers took with the original Fleming novels, even in the very early days of the film series. "Doctor No: the Novel" is diffferent in a number of ways from the screen version. The CIA agent Felix Leiter is nowhere to be seen and Bond does not have to contend with Dr. No's henchman Professor Dent (though there is a brief reference to a professor of mathematics who played bridge with the murdered British agent Strangways). Miss Taro is still Dr. No's spy in the British embassy, but she misses out on her (screen) bedroom romp with 007. And although Honey Rider appears on the beach of Crab Key island, it is minus the famous white bikini! Features of the novel that regrettably never made it to the screen include Bond's battle with a giant octopus and Dr. No's final demise in a large pile of bird dung! The novel is still an entertaining and suspenseful spy story, though the reader guesses right from the beginning that the reclusive Dr. No is going to be the villain. One can also see traces of the sadism that reviewers like Paul Johnson found so distasteful when the Bond series first appeared. There is, however, arguably less sex in the novel than in the film version, and when Honey finally drags Bond into her double sleeping bag in the last chapter he seems almost reluctant (though not for long!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 10 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ian Fleming's dynamic spy story may not have been his first James Bond novel (that honour goes to Casino Royale) but it was the first to be filmed, and as such it has remained in the public consciousness as 007's first real adventure. The daddy of all super-villains, Dr Julius No, is holed-up in his lair on Crab Key, a small island in the Caribbean. Bond is despatched by his boss `M' to the Caribbean, to investigate the disappearance of the its Secret Service representative, a friend of 007's, whose mysterious death may well be linked to Dr No's secret operations on Crab Key. The deadly game that No forces Bond to play, is vividly brought to life and styled so as to be extremely thrilling for the reader, whilst the soon-to-be template for all Bond girls - the exotically delicious `Honey Ryder' - adds spice to an adventure that is already excitingly different.
Fleming's genius lay in his ability to write simply, but with an almost fetishistic attention to detail; the reader experiences a delicious thrill when Bond lights another cigarette or describes the minutiae of his daily routine. It is this ability to prompt such a vicarious response in the reader that lifts Fleming's novels from their pulpy origins, and which has given them their longevity and their status' as classic slices of disposable fiction.
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By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr No is one of the more colourful and surreal of the Bond novels. The location is the beautiful but deadly Caribbean island of Crab Key, home to the mysterious Dr No and, or so rumour has it, his pet fire-breathing dragon; the girl is the beautiful (and beautifully named) Honey Rider, definitely one of the more interesting and free-spirited of the Bond girls and the villain is the brilliant, insane, diabolical genius Dr No who gives the novel its title. Dr No is comfortably one of the most fascinating, and most peculiar, of all the villains Bond faces: a wealthy recluse who lives in a beautifully described hideaway lined with books and works of art; a hideaway stocked with the finest wines and with one wall made of reinforced glass that allows Dr No to stand, rather like Captain Nemo, and look out at the colourful fish and sea creatures swimming in the clear Caribbean waters. Dr No is insane, and the mechanical pincers that have replaced his hands inspire fear and horror, but like all the best literary maniacs he has intelligence, and he has taste.

The plot of the novel concerns James Bond's attempts to mop up a little local difficulty involving the disappearance of the representative of the British Secret Service in Jamaica, Commander Strangways. The evidence points to Strangways having eloped with his secretary but some digging by Bond, allied to a few baffling and particularly nasty attempts on his life - one of which involves a giant poisonous centipede - lead Bond to suspect some serious foul play, foul play that seems to have the reclusive Dr No at its heart. Bond's investigations lead him, and the innocent Honey, into increasingly dangerous situations.

Dr No has, over the years, had its critics.
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