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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing installment, 23 April 2011
This review is from: Diamonds are Forever (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Having enjoyed the previous installment 'Moonraker' and several other Bonds I gave up on this one halfway through. The opening chapter is rather wonderful, setting the scene for what I hoped would be a novel all about ruthless diamond smuggling out of Africa (a scorpion meets its fate in a brilliant micro-scene on the first page) - however the action then switches to London and the USA and thereafter lacks the usual 007 exoticism and panache. It seemed to me Fleming was trying and failing to create an English Chandleresque novel about hard-boiled gangsters. He did something similar towards the end of 'Goldfinger' - I wasn't convinced then either but the rest of that book was good enough to keep me interested. Here the American crimelords element features much more heavily and as Bond villains these really seemed very weak and the interaction with Bond didn't work for me at all. Bond comes across like an uptight toffy-nosed Brit and the gansters just seem silly. Admittedly I only managed to get through the first half so perhaps it improves but I'd suggest skipping this one and trying 'Dr No' or 'From Russia with Love'...
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