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The allure of James Bond was best described by Raymond Chandler, who insisted that 007 is "what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Who can argue with that? This month marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No, which was the first Bond adventure to make the big screen, and two big coffee-table books are being published to honor the occasion (LJ 10/1/02, p. 96). Shockingly, Fleming's original novels have gone out of print, but Penguin here reproduces a trio of the British secret agent's early outings, released in 1952, 1958, and 1959, respectively, sporting stylish cover art. These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun.
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I've seen every single James bond movie and wanted to give the books a try.
I actually like this better than the movie, though that shouldnt come as a surprise to many.
Great Christmas gift. I never actually read this book. Hope my son enjoys this Christmas gift this year. Good for Ian FlemmingPublished on Oct. 1 2013 by Larry K. Swenarchuk
Dr. NO is another of the classic Bonds that seemingly get better with time. Full of 60's mores....and villanous villains. Its always a fun read.Published on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass
Dr. No ranks amongst the best and most suspenseful of Fleming's work. After contemplated killing off 007 in the previous instalment, Fleming introduces a much more gritty,... Read morePublished on May 10 2013 by Jeremy
Dr. No, the first Bond Novel I read, (an accident, I did not realize that the filmakers made the movies in a different order from the books) the sixth in chronological order. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Barbara Hall
Most of us have seen a James Bond movie at one time or another and enjoyed the outlandish antics in which he participates. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003
I'll review this one because it was the first movie made, but not the first Bond story written by Fleming. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003
As most teenagers, I had my "Bond movies phase", renting and watching every movie from Sean Connery through Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and now Brosnan. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by J R Zullo