The story was written after the film Dr. No was released, literary 007 gotten some of cinematic Bond’s persona.
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Mr. Fleming realized that after World War II, England was no longer the world power it once was and lets it all out on the page in a dialog which must have been torturous to write between Bond and the head of the Japanese Secret Service.
An unusual entry in the series since it is narrated by a French-Canadian woman and not James Bond
James Bond, agent 007 of British Secret Service, returns to London from a vengeance mission in Helsinki and resumes the boring duties of the 00 section. Soon enough he gets a new mission, this time in Berlin to break a drug trafficking cartel.
It seems to me Mr. Fleming had some stories in his head and somehow tried to tie them up into a common character (Bond).
The story is, of course, dated and some of it seem downright laughable or cringe worthy if not keeping in mind the attitudes at the times towards women and minorities.
This book is fun and silly and it seems that Mr. Fleming had a good time cutting down a character he almost seemed bored of writing.
James Bond is assigned an undercover investigation of a diamond smuggling operation from Sierra Leone to the United States.
About: From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming is the 5th novel in the series featuring English spy James Bond, 007. The book was published in 1957 and is considered one of the quintessential Cold War novels. 253 pages Publisher: Fine Communications (July 1997) Language: English ISBN-10: 1567310532 My rating for From Russia […]
This is a well written, post World War II spy drama which moves forward the character of Bond and enhances the notion of the gritty world he lives in.