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From Russia with Love: James Bond 007 (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; 3rd Vintage Impression edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099576899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576891
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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"Mr Fleming’s tautest, most exciting and most brilliant tale" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Mr Fleming is in a class by himself…immense detail, eleaborate settings and continuallymounting tension, flavoured with sex, brutality and sudden death" (Anthony Price)

"Adds the pleasures of a credible plot to the excitement of extreme violence. Highly polished…irresistible" (Sunday Times)

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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions.

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This book was written around 1956 - 1957 and it's film version was made in 1963. A time when the Cold War was at it's peak. The film sticks close to the book which is the closest James Bond comes to the real work of espionage.

What makes this a great piece of fiction is the plot and the characters that the reader gets to know. On the side of SMERSH the Soviet organisation that believes in "Death To Spies". There is the evil Colonel Rosa Klebb and the psychopath Donovan 'RED' Grant.

Bond is helped by the brilliant Kerim and there is brief appearance by Rene Mathis who was in Casino Royale.

The epicentre of this is the love interest in the shape of the beautiful Corporal Tatiana Romanova. The 24 year old who was selected by Rosa Klebb to make contact with the British with the offer of defection as she has fallen in love with the photograph and the on file data held on a certain James Bond of the British Secret Service. To help with this Tatiana is willing to give the British a Spektor. A Soviet decoding machine which holds Top Secret Information.

Tatiana who has just been moved to a post at the Soviet Embassy in Istanbul. Is to draw Bond to Turkey with the ultimate aim he will meet with his death for his part in embarrassing the Soviet Union in his earlier exploits that were featured in his first three adventures (Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Moonraker).

There are thrills on the Orient Express and two Gypsy woman fight over the love of a man. To me this is a classic James Bond adventure which along with the escapism brings the reader into the world of real espionage.
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The writing is at its best in the opening chapters, especially the scene in which the Russian spy chiefs hold an official meeting. It is a fascinating analysis on the psychology of deceit where words are carefully measured and one wrong word or gesture could mean the end of a career - or worse. The main plot is a bit implausible but, as the reader gets carried along at a rattling good pace - like the train journey that dominates the final chapters - ,you put this to the back of your mind and keep turning the pages. Recommended.
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From Russia With love has been possibly my favourite book in the series so far also the 1963 film starring Sean Connery stayed faithful to the book with just a few minor changes such as the main villains are spectre not smersh and the decoding device is a lektor not a spektor but other than a few other minor changes it was faithful to the novel not only is the book one of the best but the film is also one of the greatest and I think Sean Connery gave his best performance in his best film FRWL
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Have only just read this from first time despite seeing the movie over 30 years ago. Great writing - Fleming created a thrilling story with this one.
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If you can manage to ignore the occasional sexist, racist, homophobic, snobbish and right wing intrusions, as well as the “corny” elements, some of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels are actually quite good.

My personal favourites are Moonraker, Dr No, Thunderball, and this one, From Russia with Love.

I first read this book about fifty years ago, when I was in my early teens. I have watched the brilliant film version many times, but I had forgotten how entertaining the book is until I read it again recently.

It is a genuine “thriller”, and is in places very well written. How about this, for example?

“Everything conspired to make him sleep – the hasty metal gallop of the wheels, the hypnotic swoop of the silver telegraph wires, the occasional melancholy, reassuring moan of the steam whistle clearing their way, the drowsy metallic clatter of the couplings at the end of the corridor, the lullaby creak of the woodwork…”

And in the book, as in the film, the atmosphere created in the scenes in Istanbul and on the Orient Express oozes romance and excitement.

It is interesting to compare the Bond films with the books. For me, the only three great Bond films are the first three: Dr No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. In the case of From Russia with Love and Dr No, the books are also good. In the case of Goldfinger, the film is better than the book. But with Thunderball the book is much better than the film.

With Thunderball the films started their sad decline. Today all we are left with in the Bond films are countless spectacular action sequences (which become boring), produced with the aid of all the high-tech special effects that are available to film-makers today. But there is no substance to the films.
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