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): ***


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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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): ****

Review To A Kill

Within a year, the 25th James Bond will have been released. The Bond series continues and every announcement is big news. As difficult as it may be to believe, the books by Ian Fleming did not immediately transfer to the successful films that we’re all familiar with. In Episode 1 of Review To A Kill, Ian Fleming’s life and the transition from books to film are discussed. And discussed between Richard March and Ashley Stevens in an engaging and entertaining manner. As a fan of the James Bond films and books, I enjoyed it and even learnt a few things about the move from paper to film. Following episodes will review each Bond film. The episode that I’m hoping for (and looking forward to) is the ranking of the six actors who have played James Bond – something that’s always bound to provoke discussion and debate.

Best to listen to with a vodka martini…

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Film review: Spectre

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Spectre, where he encounters a familiar nemesis in Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Whilst Bond is battling Blofeld, M is trying to keep the double-0 programme running, which C is looking to end as part of his plan for security services around the world to be linked and share their information. Bond and M soon find much more than they had bargained for when carrying out their separate investigations.

Spectre is a very good film and starts off with a typically action-packed start. The other action set pieces are also superb, with the camera not focusing and moving from point to point rapidly, putting you into the action. The fight scene between Bond and Hinx (played very well by Dave Bautista) is on a train and a throwback to past Bond films. Bautista is an excellent henchman and has you fearing for Bond.

The scenes involving Bond and Q are excellent, with plenty of humour. Bond is no longer being given a wide range of high tech gadgets as in the past, which is true to the books of Fleming. However, Bond is teased with some impressive looking equipment in the Q lab.

Craig remains an excellent Bond, being able to show both sides of Bond’s character as found in Fleming’s books. In this, he is greatly aided by a strong script and story and it is very easy to imagine that Spectre has been adapted from a book written by Fleming, with Blofeld challenging Bond physically and psychologically. The challenges Bond faces brings out his human side, but when called upon, Bond is able to switch on to his role as killer; Craig plays both sides exceptionally and is the best James Bond.

Spectre is an excellent film, but not quite as good as Skyfall; it is well-worth watching though.

Rating (out of 5): *****