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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; 2nd Vintage Impression edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099576961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576969
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,077 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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"Ian Fleming keeps you riveted. His narrative pulls with the smooth power of Bond’s Thunderbird" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Vivian Michel is far the most attractive of Bond’s heroines to date" (Sunday Times)

"Imaginative and revealing... frightening... Fleming has succeeded in creating a true sense of terror... the most escapist fantasy of the series" (Raymond Benson)

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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 19 Jan. 2014
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Whilst Douglas Kennedy in his introduction has perhaps over-egged the suggestion that Ian Fleming had created a proto-feminist lead character in this book, it is far to say that Vivienne Michel is one of the author's more credible characters. I found this book really difficult to put down and , it must be said, this is one of Ian Fleming's better written efforts. It is also by far the more believable of all the efforts of his I have read. The book demonstrates Fleming's resourcefulness with this novel effectively being about a young Canadian woman who flees to America after some bitter experiences in London. The book is very much of it's time and ultimately , despite Vivienne's admirable independence that is outlined in the first half of the novel, she ends up succumbing to James Bond's charm. This first section of the novel reminded me a bit of Iain McEwan's "Sweet tooth."

Having set the scene, the main excitement in this book comes from Vivienne's encounter with two hoodlums who arrive at the motel she is minding. This section of the book is full of menace and her fate seems sealed until 007 arrives. I find Bond a curious character in Fleming's novels and he is effectively nothing like his portrayal in any of the films. "TSWLM" has the feel of a black and white "B" movie from the 1950's and the low-key nature of the story seems wholly credible until Bond's arrival. If there is a fault, Bond does seem the least credible of all the principle characters in this novel. For me, he is the weak link in this story. The account of his secret operation in Toronto seems ridiculous after the realistic violence that has occurred in the previous pages and there is absolutely no logic for his recounting this escapade to Viv.
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Another great Bond. This book broke the format for Bond which is a welcome change. Writing from the perspective of one of 007's conquests was a brave thing to do and resulted in some dopey criticism from reviewers who only wanted another 'more of the same' Bond book.
The only irritation for me is the constant overuse of 'and' and all the Bond books suffer from this and it gets tiring and I wonder what school he went to and University and for such a renowned author too and nobody seems to have pointed it out to him and well there you are and an expensive education. Apparently all women 'want to be semi raped' (was he decades ahead of 50 you know what shades of rubbish?)
Loved the book for being different though.
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By Michael Riley on 16 Jan. 2015
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This is not your normal Bond book but is is in many ways the most revealing. Not the book to start on Fleming but probably his best,
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haranjen on 28 July 2013
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Told from perspective of a women under threat who finds James Bond coming into her life. Apparently this book got a lot of criticism on release in 1962, but I found this to be one of the most enjoyable of all the Bond books. FYI - in no part has this book got anything in common with the film, other than its title.
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