- Audio CD
- Publisher: AudioGO Limited (26 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471310876
- ISBN-13: 978-1471310874
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 14.1 x 14.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set
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Seven of Ian Fleming's classic James Bond novels read complete and unabridged by a stellar cast of British actors. Including: Casino Royale - Read by Dan Stevens Live and Let Die - Read by Rory Kinnear Moonraker - Read by Bill Nighy Diamonds are Forever - Read by Damian Lewis From Russia with Love - Read by Toby Stephens Dr No - Read by Hugh Quarshie Goldfinger - Read by Hugh Bonneville
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Top Customer Reviews
Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens, running time 5 hours.
Live And Let Die read by Rory Kinnear, running time 6 hours 50 mins.
Moonraker read by Bill Nighy, running time 7 hours 25 mins.
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis, running time 6 hours 45 mins.
From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens, running time 8 hours 50 mins.
Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie, running time 7 hours 55 mins.
Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville, running time 8 hours 45 mins.
In addition, each audiobook contains an interview with the reader.
This collection contains many of the strongest James Bond novels, with only Diamonds are Forever being somewhat of a disappointment. Diamonds never really engages, as Bond's enemies - a group of American gangsters - are less than impressive, and Bond spends too much of the story on the periphery.
Diamonds apart, it's quality all the way. Casino Royale introduced 007 to the world, and it's a taut tale of gambling and torture. Moonraker is unique in the Fleming canon as Bond remains on British soil for the whole story, tangling with the mad Hugo Drax and his rocket, the Moonraker. From Russia With Love finds Bond targeted by the Russians, and despite Bond not appearing until the story is well underway, it's one of the strongest in the series.
Live And Let Die, Dr No and Goldfinger are all strong stories as well, so there's plenty to enjoy here.
007 Reloaded boasts quality actors reading each book.Read more ›
Casino Royale, 1953, read by Dan Stevens, 4 discs.
Live and Let Die, 1954, read by Rory Kinnear, 6 discs.
Moonraker, 1955, read by Bill Nighy, 6 discs.
Diamonds are Forever, 1956, read by Damien Lewis, 6 discs.
From Russia With Love, 1957, Read By Toby Stevens, 8 discs.
Dr No, 1958, read by Hugh Quarshie, 8 discs.
Goldfinger, 1959, Read by Hugh Bonneville, 8 discs.
Each reader brings a different emphasis to the character of Bond, and all do a superb job. Fleming did a grand job in the writing of using a prose full of vivid imagery, and each reader seems to really relish getting into the meaty passages and does an equally great job of getting teh character and tension across. Especially Hugh Quarshie, he gives a most memorable account of Dr No's assault course. Any faults here are on the part of the writer, not the reader - some of Fleming's attitudes towards ethnic minorities and gay people were very definitely of their time and might shock a modern reader/listener. And very occasionally there is a character who does not work or a plot that seems a little weak, but in general these are extremely well polished books of cracking adventures.
The set has been produced by Fleming's Niece, Lucy Fleming, and I have to say that I think she has done her Uncle proud. It's a brilliant box set, and I hope volume 2 follows shortly.Read more ›
Great names reading the classic Bond novels in full, and exceptionally good value compared to buying the individual CDs.
The packaging is high quality and stylish, the readings are great and the novels are way different to how I remember them from when I read them as a Bond-mad teenager in the 90's. Be warned some are a little dated, a bit racist and a lot sexist so take them in their own context as "of their time".
Top product overall, great value and I'm hoping for a matching Part Two to be out soon.
Although each audio book has a different reader, it is easy to adjust to another voice. The quality is high, with familiar voices including Bill Nighy, Rory Kinnear, Hugh Bonneville and Damien Lewis.
This audio series will be enjoyed by both fans and listeners who would like to enjoy the original James Bond.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Books and films present stories in different ways, and it is excellent to rediscover how Ian Fleming originally introduced and developed James Bond. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Phil Loder
I read all the books 50 years ago in my teens and these audio books bring all the original stories back to mind. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ken bryning
Each of the respective readers are superb, making this a work of art independent of the original novels written by Ian Fleming. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Charles Chan
Bought this for my elderly, blind mother (who loves James Bond) as an Xmas present. She absolutely loved it and hasn't stopped talking about it. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Manxie
Firstly have to say these James Bond books on cd are a real treat for any Bond fan and with some quality readings by some top actors. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by ryan aylott
Love the unabridged stories , great to listen to in the car, favourite so far is Bill Nighy reading. Parcel arrived well packaged and on timePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Jan
I spend about a lot of time in the car every day, as I result I listen to many audiobooks.
This set of Bond books is now going to have to go into the selected set of... Read more
The writing is full of wonderful descriptions and the pace of the narrative is perfect. I actually prefer these to the films! Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by Thelma A. Cliffe