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Strictly for fans
on 15 October 2013
I found these stories mildly entertaining. They are very dated and very different from the films and largely interesting for the sake of the comparison. For example, when Bond is about to go on Milton Crest's luxury yacht the Wavecrest, he is told that it is a wonder to behold, with wall to wall carpets and air conditioning. Roman Abramovich will be smiling to himself if he reads it. The stories are small cameos of Bond's life, with much less action and excitement than in the films. We are accustomed to villains who are truly awful megalomaniacs. In the book, however, the owner of the Wavecrest is guilty of nothing more than rudeness and wife-beating.
Bond himself is a very different person from the one we know in the films. In one story - I forget which it is - he is given a mission he does not relish for, he reflects, it sounds "dangerous".
Samuel West reads well and does a particularly brilliant job in Quantum of Solace. I found this the most interesting of them all - a little foray into psychology which has nothing to do with spies or criminals.