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Dr. No Paperback – Mar 2 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (March 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141045019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141045016
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,081,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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As most teenagers, I had my "Bond movies phase", renting and watching every movie from Sean Connery through Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and now Brosnan. Even so, I had never read one of Ian Fleming's books, prejudicialy dismissing them as childish and poorly written. After ten years, I found "Doctor No" in a used-books store, and since I made the mistake of thinking this was, like in the movies, the first book of the series, I bought it.
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.
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When peculiar things transpire on an obscure Jamaican island called Crab Key, M sends Bond out to investigate. Penguin Books has re-issued the James Bond novels and stories written by the incomparable Ian Fleming. Note that this is the original series, not a well-intentioned imitation. For the uninitiated, James Bond is the apex of fictional secret agents. He defines Cold War espionage without dreary realism. Bond is an iron fist in a velvet glove. Bond is a good man to put on a tough job. Fleming blends the intelligence of Dorothy Sayers with the hard-boiled leanness of Dashiell Hammett. Snobbery is evident. Ian Fleming's books are escapist nonsense, and great fun. The stories are refreshingly free of the parody of the movie versions. The reader must suspend disbelief. The action is hard and violent; call it "blood and thunder." Doctor No spins webs of murder and international crime. Bond teams with Quarrel, the Cayman islander. Bond also encounters the delectable Honeychile, the inevitable woman of the story. A bonus of these books is the exciting cover art. Take special note of the artist's vision of Honeychile. She is a variation of Venus. Reading these books reminds one of what drew us to the writing of Ian Fleming almost 40 years ago. ;-)
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Returning once again in the 6th book by Ian Fleming, James Bond is back and he is on his way to battle the evil Dr. Julius No, who describes himself as a maniac. Dr. No is a 6 ft. tall, bald maniac who has claws instead of hands puts 007 up to one of his most dangerous and daring assignments ever.
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!
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I have been a James Bond movie fan for years. I never read the Ian Fleming novels because I never could have imagined an improvement on the big screen edition. Boy was I wrong. The novel is a vast improvement over the movie bevause it can pack more details and adventures into the story. It sees James Bond barely escape the clutches of a giant squid, safely cross through a cage full of hairy tarantualas, and endure the burning of a red hot ventilating system that is only a few inches larger than he is. None of this is in the movie.
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.
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