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For Your Eyes Only (James Bond Novels) Paperback – May 27 2003

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (May 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003220
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This collection of five James Bond stories is a slight effort. For fans of Ian Fleming, this is an interlude in the major novels. For the uninitiated, this is an opportunity to sample Fleming's fiction in its pristine state, before tampering by over-the-top filmmakers. The typical traits of the Bond/Fleming cycle are present. The James Bond created by Ian Fleming is an iron fist in a velvet glove. A no-nonsense guy who is good to have on your side. Fleming blends the hard-boiled edginess of Dashiell Hammett with the sophistication of Dorothy Sayers. Snobbery is evident. Bond is a lone wolf, and prefers it that way. The writing assumes a working knowledge of French and Italian. This can confuse some readers, especially Americans, in descriptions of food, liquor, etc. Three of the five stories are straightforward Cold War era espionage stories of murder, revenge, and betrayal. This includes "A View to a Kill," "For Your Eyes Only," and "Risico." The irascible M is present, most especially in the title tale. Bonds comes off best in these three stories. "Quantum of Solace" is an odd piece that could have been written by John O'Hara. It shows Ian Fleming flexing his literary muscles. "The Hildebrand Rarity" is a story of vengeance and murder, but it has nothing to do with Cold War spies. These stories originally appeared in such varied publications as "Playboy" and "Cosmopolitan." Read and enjoy. Good down time reading. ;-)
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The eighth book published in the 007 series is not a self-contained novel, but rather a collection of five short stories-two of which are kind of shoehorned in and aren't really typical Bond pieces. The first story, "From A View To A Kill", is a pretty decent little Cold War espionage piece. In a well-crafted set piece introduction, a dispatch rider from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe headquarters is ambushed and his documents stolen by Soviet spies. As a result of bureaucratic infighting (highly realistic, and doubtless drawn from Fleming's own intelligence experience), M sends Bond to try and figure out the security breakdown. It's a good tale, with an ingenious set of foes, probably the best story of the lot.
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.
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For Your Eyes Only features five exciting short stories of James Bond 007. While fans noted that they were not as good as his full-length novels, they still are wonderful thrillers to read.
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.
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