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Octopussy and The Living Daylights (James Bond) [Hardcover]

Ian Fleming
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29 May 2008 James Bond

Octopussy and The Living Daylights is the fourteen book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series and sees the agent at his brilliant best at home and abroad …

For James Bond, British secret agent 007, international espionage can be a dirty business. Whether it is tracking down a wayward major who has taken a deadly secret with him to the Caribbean; identifying a top Russian agent secretly bidding for a Fabergé egg in a Sotheby’s auction room; or ruthlessly gunning down an unlikely assassin in sniper’s alley between East and West Berlin, Bond always closes the case – with extreme prejudice.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: PENGUIN 007; Centinary Edition edition (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718153979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718153977
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fleming traces the intracacies of counter-espionage with all the efficient authority of 007's own secret reports (Sunday Times )

About the Author

Born in London in 1908, Ian Fleming worked as a banker and journalist before serving in the British Naval Intelligence during WWII. He published his first novel Casino Royale in 1953 and thus started the astoundingly successful Bond novels and films. Fleming died in 1964.

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*Contains some plot spoilers*

First published in a single collection in 1966, 2 years after Ian Fleming's passing, this is the final print outing for superspy James Bond from the pen of his originator. It is a collection of four short stories, Octopussy, Property Of A Lady, The Living Daylights and 007 In New York. As with his previous short story collection, Fleming uses this as an opportunity to do something a bit different with his writing, and to get away from the traditional Bond milieu.

Being in the short story format, Fleming has to restrain himself from the over long descriptions that sometimes bogged the later Bond novels down slightly, making these short sharp and punchy pieces, but still beautifully observed. Story by story:

Octopussy - This is a great opening story. We see the story through the eyes of Major Dexter Smythe, an ex army officer who served with intelligence during the war and is now living in a comfortable retirement in Jamaica. A visit from an enigmatic man named Bond shatters his world, as the secret of his wealth is revealed and he must decide on his own future. This is a classic piece of writing from Fleming. The character of Smythe is particularly well realised (apart from the dodgy wartime dealing and the murder, I wonder how much of the mid fifties ex intelligence officer living in Jamaica with a coronary condition was based on himself?) and from the vivid descriptions of sea life through to the bleak tale of Smythe's life and how his villainy and wealth have failed to bring him happiness this tale is a real winner for me.

Property of a Lady - 007 attends an auction at Sotheby's to try and uncover the Russian's top man in England, who MI6 think will be bidding on a priceless Faberge piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 5 Jan 2012
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This arrived in good time and was in good condition. my husband was very pleased with it and it has been added to his collection.
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