Dr. No Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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Masterful ... beautifully written -- Raymond Chandler The Sunday Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Ian Fleming was born in 1908 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went abroad to further his education. In 1931, having failed to get an appointment in the Foreign Office, he joined Reuters News Agency. During the Second World War, he was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising to the rank of Commander. His wartime experiences provided him with a first-hand knowledge of secret operations.
After the war he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. He built his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica and there at the age of forty-four he wrote Casino Royale, the first of his novels featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 1964, the James Bond adventures had sold more than forty million copies. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes. He is also the author of the magical children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The novels of Ian Fleming were immediately recognised as classic thrillers by his contemporaries Kingsley Amis, Raymond Chandler and John Betjeman. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.See all Product Description
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In "Doctor No", James Bond, after a bad mission and spending some time in a hospital, is given a kind of "vacation mission" in Jamaica. He has to discover what happened to the local stationed british secret agent, who is reported missing. When Bond gets there, he is driven towards Crab Key, a misterious island owned by Julius No, a tall, bald maniac for privacy and who is hiding things from jamaican administration.
To my surprise (and showing I was wrong in my prejudices), Fleming is a good writer who can hold the reader's attention at most times. It's just a pity that I didn't begin the series with the first book, "Casino Royale", to see how Fleming developed his writing style, characters and plots while writing the books.
Other surprise was to compare Bond in the books with Bond in the movies. Bond in the books was more human and credible, even to the point of throwing up after moments of extreme tension. Other characters are interesting as well, like nature girl Honey Rider and Bond's friend Quarrell. I also liked to meet again characters like M and Q. Doctor No, though, as everything related to Crab Key island, is a little too fantastic for my taste, but, from the information I gathered, "Doctor No" is Fleming's most "exotic" and implausible book.Read more ›
007 has apparently survived the excrutiating death of being stabbed by the poison shoe of Rosa Klebb. He's back in action and more dangerous than ever. He is sent by M to Jamaica to discover what has happened regarding the dissapearance of SIS agant Strangways and his secretary. 007 soon discovers that somebody doesn't want him to find out why, after a poisonous centipede and poison fruit make their way to Bond's hotel room. the suspect is Dr. No who sells bird-dung on the mysterious island Crab Key. Bond teams himself with a local, called Quarrel and they sail to the island. 007 meets Honeychile Ryder from walking up onto the beach from the water. Together the three search the island, but Quarrel is killed and Bond and Honey are captured and sent to the headquarters of Dr. No. He then tells them that is a Soviet agent that is causing havoc to the USA military tests of their rockets. Dr. No is a sadistic maniac who is obsessed on how much the human body can take. He forces Bond to go through his death course filled with electric shocks, poisonous spiders, heat and a giant squid. Bond surprisingly survives and kills Dr. No by suffocating him under a large pile of bird dung. Bond then rescues Honey and they go to a vacation together.
Dr. No is one of the most thrilling, exciting and adventerous novels of Ian Fleming. It's filled with exotic villians, Dr. No, exciting girls, Honey Ryder and unstoppable excitement!
Also, the story reads almost like a different yarn than the movie:
- In the book, Dr. No is killed by a pile of bird dung that is dropped from a crane manned by 007. In the movie, he dies during the breakdown of his palace.
- In the book, Quarrel (Bond's partner) picks 007 up at the airport when he first comes to Jamaica. In the movie, a Dr. No employee picks him up and is killed minutes later by his own hand.
- In the book, 007 sees a giant centipede crawl up his body when he's in bed. In the movie, it's a tarantula.
- In the book, Honey Rider first appears naked. In the movie, she's wearing a bikini.
- But most of all, the novel's primary focus seems to show that Dr. No is a seller of bird dung that wishes to keep people away. In the movie, he wants to keep people out, but we are deprived of the bird slant that is really quite important to the story as a whole. The book "Dr. No " reads almost as a totally different story than the movie, and it includes more adventures. I recommend this highly.
Most recent customer reviews
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
I needed a copy of Dr. No to complete the original collection of books I bought when they were first issued. Read morePublished on July 31 2012 by smartchick
Ian Fleming (1908-1956), a reactionary, nationalist, misogynist snob, was, at his best, a superb writer of thrillers. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Augustus Caesar, Ph.D.
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
The sixth 007 book finds James Bond recuperating from the near-fatal events of From Russia With Love. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by A. Ross
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