For Your Eyes Only (James Bond Novels) Paperback
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In "For Your Eyes Only", Bond enters highly murky waters by taking a more or less personal assignment from M to track down the killers of an old friend. It's a highly topical late '50s piece, involving a former Nazi as mastermind, and henchmen drawn from the ranks of Cuban dictator Battista. Interestingly (in hindsight), Bond expresses real sympathy with the rebel Castro's struggle! To act as M's executioner, Bond must travel to Canada and then sneak across the US border to operate in Vermont, which is kind of interesting. Things take a turn for the ridiculous when he stumbles across another revenge seeker, wielding a bow and arrow. The middle story, "Quantum of Solace" isn't a Bond story at all. Rather, it's a story of disaffected marriage told to Bond by his host after a rather boring dinner party. It's actually quite good, but has nothing to do with Bond.
"Risico" takes Bond back to action, and places him in Rome, where he is assigned to disrupt the flow of heroin into England.Read more ›
The first is From A View To A Kill. This short strory tells of the organization SHAPE, (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe)and their motorcycle dispatch riders that are being murdered on a certain highway. Unknown soviet agents are setting up ambushes for the men, killing them and stealing the important documents. Bond is sent with the help of Mary Ann Russell to investigate. He finds the area where the Soviets have established a base on the forest in the highway. Bond dresses like one of the riders to lure out the Soviets, he attacks them and kills the rest. An okay Bond story, but nothing special.
For Your Eyes Only comes next and is much more promising. It begins in Jamaica with a retring Nazi criminal called Von Hammerstein. He spots a nice house and set of property that is owned by the Havelocks. He sends out his man Gonzales to arrange a buying to be made. The Havelocks refuse to sell so Gonzales kills them. The Havelocks were friends of M, so Bond is sent to investigate. He travels to Vermont, the temporary stay of Von Hammerstein and meets Judy Havelock, the vengeful daughter of the Havelocks. She kills Hammerstein with a bow an arrow against Bond's advice. Gonzales is killed by Bond and he leaves with Judy.
Quantum Of Solace is the oddest Bond story to date. Bond is meeting with the governor of Bermuda. The governor tells Bond the story of a girl that was married to a young man, but wanted to marry someone else. The governor then tells Bond that the man the girl eventually marries is a guest at the dinner table at that very moment. It's a deceptive and tricky story.Read more ›
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This book by Ian Fleming is actually Five James Bond short stories. They are superb each in their own way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bootsy Bass
"For Your Eyes Only" is a collection of five James Bond short stories. I like this book because once again it demonstrates Ian Fleming's skill and style as a writer. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by gobirds2