For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only is a collection of five short stories featuring James Bond. Most of the stories have Bond on some kind of mission, but he does listen to a story about a dinner guest in one of them. Despite being short stories, Fleming includes plenty of detail in each of the stories. However, with them being short stories, they never develop into the thrillers that the series is noted for.

Rating (out of 5): ***

Goldfinger

A chance meeting at an airport after a mission results in James Bond encountering Auric Goldfinger and discovering how he cheats at cards. Upon his return to England, Bond gets assigned a case. The man in question? Goldfinger. Bond soon discovers a plot that could never have been imagined by anyone. But can he share his knowledge?

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Dr. No

Dr. No is the sixth book in the James Bond series. Bond is finally back to full health and back in the office. The recommendation is that Bond shouldn’t be pushed too hard, so a trip to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the Service’s man on the island is what M sends him on. It seems an open and shut case with no danger. Little does M, or Bond, know…

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From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love is the fifth book in the James Bond series. SMERSH has decided that, after some high profile failures, they need to successfully hit back at Western intelligence agencies. Their target? James Bond.

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Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are being smuggled out of Sierra Leone and making a big profit in America. The Spangled Mob are thought to be behind it and James Bond is tasked with with breaking the pipeline of diamonds.

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Moonraker

Britain will soon be safe from attack with the testing of the Moonraker. Sir Hugo Drax is masterminding the project. But he cheats at cards and James Bond works out how. Little does he know where it will lead…

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die is the second novel in the James Bond series. Bond heads over to America to find out about gold coins, which brings him face to face with Mr. Big.

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale is the first novel in the James Bond series by Ian Fleming. Bond is introduced with a relatively straight forward case in which he has to bankrupt Le Chiffre by playing baccarat. Whilst successful at this, not everything that follows goes to plan.

Bond is well introduced in this novel, which has a simple plot to it. Fleming provides plenty of detail to both characters and locations, making it an engaging read. Despite the detail of description, the plot moves forward at a good pace throughout. It’s an enjoyable read that delivers a straight forward thriller.

Rating (out of 5): ****