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Discovering the REAL James Bond (i.e. not the film version!)

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Casino Royale (Penguin Modern Classics)
Casino Royale (Penguin Modern Classics)
"An absolutely engaging, pacey, exciting and horrifying introduction to this magnificent series"
Live and Let Die (Penguin Modern Classics)
Live and Let Die (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Not quite as engaging as Casino Royale (sequels are never as good!) but a great underwater section near the end - tense and unputdownable"
Moonraker (Penguin Modern Classics)
Moonraker (Penguin Modern Classics)
"The only Bond book set entirely in the UK, which in some ways makes it more accessible and real - but also unforgettably "Bond""
Diamonds are Forever (Penguin Modern Classics)
Diamonds are Forever (Penguin Modern Classics)
"This is my least favourite of the Bond books, with a limp ending in my view - but the worst of a fantastic bunch and still worthy of its place in the series"
From Russia with Love (Penguin Modern Classics)
From Russia with Love (Penguin Modern Classics)
"At last a book to match the first for thrills. This is a stunningly good adventure book with a cliffhanger ending to boot"
Goldfinger (Penguin Modern Classics)
Goldfinger (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A terrific start as Bond solves a card-cheat mystery - reminiscent of Moonraker in that sense - and although the ending is a little hurried, it's another great story"
Dr No (Penguin Modern Classics)
Dr No (Penguin Modern Classics)
"This has the most claustrophobic scene - a terrifying "Room 101" style crawl through a ventilation shaft. Excellent stuff, Fleming on top form"
For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only
"A change from the rest of the series as Fleming opts for short stories. All very different and interesting in their own right, my favourite is "From a View to a Kill" but the others aren't far behind!"
Thunderball (Penguin Modern Classics)
Thunderball (Penguin Modern Classics)
"The least "convincing" of them all. Whilst suspension of disbelief is crucial to enjoy Bond films, he solves this mystery a little too easily with guesswork"
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Loved Me
"Completely different to the other books, this is told in the first person by a damsel in distress. Who should turn up? You guessed it! Strange but engaging. Fleming apparently hated it, but I liked!"
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Penguin Modern Classics)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Fleming seems to revel in changing his style, and does so again with this one. Bond plans to leave the service but then bumps into a woman, hunts down Blofeld and ends up ski-ing etc etc... Very good"
You Only Live Twice (Penguin Modern Classics)
You Only Live Twice (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Fleming likes to get into the emotion of his character, and Bond is much more rounded in the books than in the films. No more is this clear than in this cracking book and another interesting ending"
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Man with the Golden Gun
"The return of Bond is brilliantly written with mystery and shocks. The subsequent adventure is just as engaging and exciting"
Octopussy and the Living Daylights
Octopussy and the Living Daylights
"The end of the series (Fleming died in 1964) with another set of short stories. Again they're all different and interesting ideas. The Living Daylights is my favourite"
Devil May Care
Devil May Care
"Ouch! Maybe I was never going to enjoy this. No amount of story makes up for the author cringeingly referencing Fleming's books, seemingly trying to prove his "fanboy" credentials. Oh dear."