The Ian Fleming Classic Bond Collection - Part One Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set
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Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens, running time 5 hours.
Live And Let Die read by Rory Kinnear, running time 6 hours 50 mins.
Moonraker read by Bill Nighy, running time 7 hours 25 mins.
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis, running time 6 hours 45 mins.
From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens, running time 8 hours 50 mins.
Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie, running time 7 hours 55 mins.
Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville, running time 8 hours 45 mins.
In addition, each audiobook contains an interview with the reader.
This collection contains many of the strongest James Bond novels, with only Diamonds are Forever being somewhat of a disappointment. Diamonds never really engages, as Bond's enemies - a group of American gangsters - are less than impressive, and Bond spends too much of the story on the periphery.
Diamonds apart, it's quality all the way. Casino Royale introduced 007 to the world, and it's a taut tale of gambling and torture. Moonraker is unique in the Fleming canon as Bond remains on British soil for the whole story, tangling with the mad Hugo Drax and his rocket, the Moonraker. From Russia With Love finds Bond targeted by the Russians, and despite Bond not appearing until the story is well underway, it's one of the strongest in the series.
Live And Let Die, Dr No and Goldfinger are all strong stories as well, so there's plenty to enjoy here.
007 Reloaded boasts quality actors reading each book.Read more ›
Casino Royale, 1953, read by Dan Stevens, 4 discs.
Live and Let Die, 1954, read by Rory Kinnear, 6 discs.
Moonraker, 1955, read by Bill Nighy, 6 discs.
Diamonds are Forever, 1956, read by Damien Lewis, 6 discs.
From Russia With Love, 1957, Read By Toby Stevens, 8 discs.
Dr No, 1958, read by Hugh Quarshie, 8 discs.
Goldfinger, 1959, Read by Hugh Bonneville, 8 discs.
Each reader brings a different emphasis to the character of Bond, and all do a superb job. Fleming did a grand job in the writing of using a prose full of vivid imagery, and each reader seems to really relish getting into the meaty passages and does an equally great job of getting teh character and tension across. Especially Hugh Quarshie, he gives a most memorable account of Dr No's assault course. Any faults here are on the part of the writer, not the reader - some of Fleming's attitudes towards ethnic minorities and gay people were very definitely of their time and might shock a modern reader/listener. And very occasionally there is a character who does not work or a plot that seems a little weak, but in general these are extremely well polished books of cracking adventures.
The set has been produced by Fleming's Niece, Lucy Fleming, and I have to say that I think she has done her Uncle proud. It's a brilliant box set, and I hope volume 2 follows shortly.Read more ›
This set of Bond books is now going to have to go into the selected set of audiobooks that I have to ration myself on so I don't listen to them too often. That includes hobbit/lord of the rings and the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy radio series. Other good value series include the CS Lewis books, the Stephen Fry Harry Potters and the Illiad and Odyssey, but they don't have the same drug like quality as my faves, which this set now has to go into.
I want to get all the other bond books, but the title of this set teasingly calls itself Part One, so I'm hoping that they release Part Two soon, they have many of the other books available to buy individually, but alas no Part Two as yet.
There are many good audiobooks out there, such as Three Men in a Boat and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but they only last me a day each. These Bond books are a substantial chunk of top quality entertainment at a price you can't beat, so it's a no brainer.
While some of my faves are there for content rather than presentation, these Bond readings are all absolutely top notch, well dramatised and acted by well known actors.
Great names reading the classic Bond novels in full, and exceptionally good value compared to buying the individual CDs.
The packaging is high quality and stylish, the readings are great and the novels are way different to how I remember them from when I read them as a Bond-mad teenager in the 90's. Be warned some are a little dated, a bit racist and a lot sexist so take them in their own context as "of their time".
Top product overall, great value and I'm hoping for a matching Part Two to be out soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every minute of it.Published 3 months ago by Ashley Carpenter
Books and films present stories in different ways, and it is excellent to rediscover how Ian Fleming originally introduced and developed James Bond. Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by Phil Loder
These audio books reveal Ian Flemings iconic hero as the author created him rather than the version portrayed in film. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by JDS
I read all the books 50 years ago in my teens and these audio books bring all the original stories back to mind. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by ken bryning
Each of the respective readers are superb, making this a work of art independent of the original novels written by Ian Fleming. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Charles Chan
Bought this for my elderly, blind mother (who loves James Bond) as an Xmas present. She absolutely loved it and hasn't stopped talking about it. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Manxie
Firstly have to say these James Bond books on cd are a real treat for any Bond fan and with some quality readings by some top actors. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by ryan aylott
Love the unabridged stories , great to listen to in the car, favourite so far is Bill Nighy reading. Parcel arrived well packaged and on timePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Jan