- Audio CD
- Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471309533
- ISBN-13: 978-1471309533
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 16.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Sep 2012
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We follow him as he impersonates a Scottish peer, trying to act as a heraldry expert- We see him struggle to maintain his cover when a colleague is killed in front of him -We also see him meet Sable Basilisk and Griffon Orr Pursuivant, and discover his family motto - "the world is not enough" -
and his crest(3 bezants (balls)-"I am sure that is a valuable bonus")
We meet his prospective father in law, an uncommon criminal with the name of an angel - we follow him through his bloody and desperate ski ride through the Swiss alps- and we are there with him at the end of the book - where Bond takes the girl in his arms and says that they have all the time in the world.
Its not a book with a clean ending - its more like a significant chapter of the James Bond file - The most devastating personally - but as far as saving the world or Britain is concerned, the operation is done "offscreen" so to speak.
And the ending is surely one of the best of all thriller endings.
Riveting stuff- the most gadgety movie can't come near this stuff.
They dont make books or heroes like that anymore...
OHMSS is the eleventh appearance in print (counting the short story collection of For Your Eyes Only as one entry) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1963 it finds our hero disillusioned with life in the secret service after a year on the trail of the probably dead Blofeld after the events of Thunderball. On the point of resigning, a chance encounter with a girl with the sort of problems that even Bond finds difficult to deal with changes both of their lives. Soon Bond is on the scent of Blofeld, tracking him down through means as varied as Corsican gangsters and the Royal College of Arms. And along the way Bond falls prey to that which he had always feared, committing an act seemingly out of character that leads to the gripping and numbing finale, with an ending even bleaker than that of Casino Royale.
This has all of Fleming's trademarks, all the qualities that made almost all of his Bond stories great reads. From the off there is a feeling of danger for Bond, either as he and Tracy are kidnapped in the opening pages, or when he is working undercover, with the threat of discovery always in the background, through to big final battle. The action scenes, especially Bond's frantic ski chase, are written with verve and vigour, and leave the reader breathless with excitement. There is character development for Bond - it is interesting to observe him becoming emotionally involved with someone for the first time, as Tracy breaks down the walls surrounding his heart. There are great descriptive passages, one can almost taste the salt in the air when Bond os on the beach, or feel the cold and see the icy snow spraying up as he is chased through the Alps.Read more ›
Bond is in fine form, taking a battering from all sides, but also showing the tender side to his character in his romance and subsequent marriage.
A real page turner of a novel.
Some years ago, back in the 1980s I had picked up a previous edition of 'Octopussy' that Titan had put together and promptly devoured the book and for years later had wished and wanted to see the rest of the series. Here at last some two decades later I am getting my chance - and am extremely happy about it.
Not only do we get the comic-strip adaptation of the above two books in this one edition, but we also get an introduction by Bond actor George Lazenby (who played the character in the 1969 movie) as well as a discussion of the Fleming books (from 'Doctor No' to 'For Your Eyes Only') and before the beginning of both novels a brief discussion on the background behind the comic-strips and even mention of where the strip deviates from the book which it is adapting.
A word of warning must go out to those who only know the secret agents exploits through the popular series of EON Productions movies. These strips are based on the Fleming novels which are very different from the 007 movies (at least since 1971 onwards). In fact one of the novels adapted here - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' may be the Fleming novel most faithfully adapted for the movie screens.
Titan Books deserve a great deal of credit for publishing these editions and this one will undoubtedly (and justifiably) become a proud addition to the bookshelves of every self respecting fan of the novels of Ian Fleming and in particular of his most famous creation - James Bond.
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You might recognise this title, and if you do then you probably know that this book is one of the installations in the James Bond series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Masterpiece Fleming at his best if only the film had stared Sean Connery or Daniel Craig what a film would had done justice to a first class 007 adventurePublished 1 month ago by dennis mills
Best book ,best film.All the usual sex,snobbery and violence but with a softer more romantic edge.And a killer last chapter.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer 007
Not all of the Bond books were coherent from start to finish. Some of them wandered off and lost the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had nver read Ian Fleming before as like many people I only knew James Bond from his film portrayals. I enjoyed this book as it presented a more nuanced portrayal of James Bond. Read morePublished 4 months ago by leolennie
Like most people, I have read this book having seen the movie a number of times. It was a slow burner of a movie mainly because of the acting of George Lazenby who was never... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bacchus
Exceptionally well read by David Tennant this is a gripping story of a very human James Bond, far superior to the 'superman' of the film series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greystone