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4.0 out of 5 stars In contrast to the movies, James Bond fires only one shot in anger, and kills nobody., 29 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Octopussy & The Living Daylights and Other Stories (Audio CD)
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Because James Bond movies have been around for so long, and the stories have been constantly updated to reflect the times in which they were made, it is easy to forget that Ian Fleming wrote them back in the fifties and early sixties. It's also easy to forget just how brilliantly they were written. The BBC has now produced a number of completely unabridged audio versions of some of the most popular books. "Octopussy and the Living Daylights "is one of the series.
As an indication of the times in which the books were written, in "The Property of a Lady", a fabulous Faberge objet d'art was sold at auction for £150,000, which was considered exceptional, and a female clerk lived within her £50 per month salary. By today's standards, this book would probably be considered politically incorrect, but that does nothing to mar the enjoyment.
Tom Hiddleston reads "Octopussy", The Living Daylights" and "The Property of a Lady" beautifully and the producer of the CD, the author's niece, Lucy Fleming, reads "007 in New York which, rather than a story, is clearly Ian Fleming's appraisal of the dining available in New York in the early sixties. In addition to the stories, there is also an interview with the Tome Hiddleston on his experience of recording the stories. The recording quality of the eight CDs is excellent; clear and sharp. In contrast to the movies, in all four stories, James Bond fires only one shot in anger, and kills nobody.
If you like James Bond stories you should listen to this recording. If you have read the books, it will refresh your memory; if you have only watched the movies, you will gain a totally new dimension on the story.
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