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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before spending a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters news agency, followed by a brief spell as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations. After the war he joined Kemsley Newspapers as Foreign Manager of the Sunday Times, running a network of correspondents who were intimately involved in the Cold War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and introduced James Bond, Special Agent 007, to the world. The first print run sold out within a month. Following this initial success, he published a Bond title every year until his death. His own travels, interests and wartime experience gave authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler hailed him as 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.' The fifth title, From Russia with Love, was particularly well received and sales soared when President Kennedy named it as one of his favourite books. The Bond novels have sold more than sixty million copies and inspired a hugely successful film franchise which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No starring Sean Connery as 007. The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming fell in love with during the war and where he built a house, 'Goldeneye'. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only child Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964, aged fifty-six.
Published in 1956, Diamonds are Forever is the fourth Bond novel. From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino, Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the Spangled Mob.
Published in 1957, Fleming's fifth 007 novel finds Bond enmeshed in a deadly game of cross and double cross. A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. Smersh has set an irresistible trap that threatens the entire Secret Service.
Published in 1959, Fleming's seventh 007 novel sees Bond on the trail of a criminal mastermind - Auric Goldfinger. But greed and power have created a deadly opponent who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Published in 1960, the eighth Bond is a collection of short stories. Five missions. Five glimpses into the mind of a spy. From Jamaican estates to brooding French forests, Bond is tested to his limits by the world's most dangerous men and the dark secrets they keep. Features stories such as: From A View to A Kill; For Your Eyes Only; Quantum of Solace; Risico; and the Hildebrand Rarity.
Published in 1962, Ian Fleming's tenth 007 novel is a unique view of Bond through the eyes of a woman who loves him. Vivienne Michel is running away - from pain, from rejection, from humiliation. When she stumbles into a criminal plot, her life seems over...until a chance encounter with James Bond turns her world upside down.
Published in 1954, the second Bond novel takes him from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates.
Published in 1955, Moonraker is the third Bond novel. 'For several minutes he stood speechless, his eyes dazzled by the terrible beauty of the greatest weapon on earth.'He's a self-made millionaire, head of the Moonraker rocket programme and loved by the press. So why is Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards? Bond has just five days to uncover the sinister truth behind a national hero.
'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.'
'The first shot had been fired. There would be others. And whose finger was on the trigger? Who had got him so accurately in their sights?'
'He was one of those men - one meets perhaps only two or three in a lifetime - who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head. He was their Supreme Commander - almost their god'
'You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face'
'Mister, there's something quite extra about the smell of death. Care to try it?'
This title comes with a new introduction by Sam Leith Octopussy. The Property of a Lady. The Living Daylights. 007 in New York. 'This was going to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder'.
This book is a well-established guide to the interpretation of the mass, ultraviolet, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of organic compounds. It is designed for students of organic chemistry taking a course in the application of these techniques to structure determination. The text also remains useful as a source of data for organic chemists to keep on their desks throughout their career. In the seventh edition, substantial portions of the text have been revised reflecting knowledge gained during the author's teaching experience over the last seven years. The chapter on NMR has been divided into two separate chapters covering the 1D and 2D experiments. The discussion is also expanded to include accounts of the physics at a relatively simple level, following the development of the magnetization vectors as each pulse sequence is introduced. The emphasis on the uses of NMR spectroscopy in structure determination is retained. Worked examples and problem sets are included on a chapter level to allow students to practise their skills by determining the chemical structures of unknown compounds.
A BBC full-cast dramatisation of Ian Fleming's much-loved children's classic, brought to life on radio for the first time. When the Pott family save Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the terrible fate of being crushed to the size of a matchbox at the scrapyard, she repays Caractacus, Jeremy and Jemima with the best road trip ever. For Chitty is no ordinary car: she can talk - and float - and fly! The amazing automobile takes the Potts on a trip to the seaside followed by a fantastic journey across the Channel to France, where two cunning criminals are planning to rob Paris's most famous chocolatier, Monsieur Bon Bon. Can Chitty and the Potts find the secret hideout of terrifying gangster Joe the Monster and his sidekick, Man-Mountain Fink, and foil their evil plans? Jump aboard for a magical story full of adventure, fun and excitement, starring Imogen Stubbs as Chitty and Alex Jennings as Caractacus Pott. Duration: 60 mins approx.
The 007 official cocktail book - created in association with the Ian Fleming Estate Explore Bond creator Ian Fleming's writings on the pleasures of drinking and sample 50 delicious cocktail recipes inspired by his work - developed by award-winning bar Swift. Cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story. Whether it's the favoured Martini, which features in almost every book, or a refreshing Negroni or Daiquiri, strong, carefully crafted drinks are a consistent feature of the Bond novels. Recipes are divided into five categories: Straight Up; On The Rocks; Tall; Fizzy; and Exotic. Sip on inventions such as Smersh, Moneypenny, That Old Devil M and Diamonds are Forever, as well as classic Bond cocktails such as the Vesper and, of course, the Dry Martini. Each recipe is accompanied by extracts from Fleming's writings - be it the passage where the classic drink was featured or a place, character or plot that inspired one of the drinks. Also features Ian Fleming's writings on whisky, gin and other spirits. Foreword by Fergus Fleming.
Dr Julius No is a man with a mysterious past. Nobody knows what secrets are hidden on his Caribbean island, and all those who have attempted to investigate further have disappeared. When two British agents go missing in Jamaica, Bond is sent to investigate. Battling the Doctor's twin obsessions with power and pain, he uncovers the true nature of his opponent's covert operation - but he must undergo a deadly assault course before he can destroy the Doctor's plans once and for all.
James Bond is back in action in this deluxe omnibus with four timeless tales starring Agent 007. Featuring the iconic Octopussy and The Hildebrand Rarity, based on the short stories by Ian Fleming, which are presented alongside The Harpies and River of Death, two unique adventures created by Jim Lawrence. This lavishly presented, high-action adventure is restored from the original Daily Express comic strips.
Ian Fleming's literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Denis Calero in the official James Bond: Casino Royal graphic novel. Sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond aims to eliminate the threat of the deadly Le Chiffre by bankrupting the ruthless SMERSH operative at the baccarat table. However, when the luck of the draw favors his enemy, 007 becomes the target of assassins and torturers in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.
With the proceeds from his latest invention, Crackpot Whistling Sweets, Commander Caractacus Pott buys his family their first car. It looks like a wreck, but once restored it turns out to be no ordinary vehicle: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a magical car which can fly, swim and even think. Chitty and the eccentric, plucky Pott family set off on a succession of increasingly perilous adventures that take them across the English Channel and all the way to Paris. Since it was first published in 1964, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has become a worldwide phenomenon and has charmed generations of children. Gloriously illustrated by Joe Berger, and with a ribbon marker and a specially commissioned foreword, this beautiful hardback Macmillan Classics edition of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a truly wonderful gift to treasure.
JAMES BOND declares war on Le Chiffre, French Communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.The battle begins for the ace secret agent in a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat...gains momentum in his fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy...and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist.The critics give a winning hand to Ian Fleming's superlative thriller of espionage, adventure, intrigue and murder-CASINO ROYALE"e;Hums with tension...Author Fleming keeps his incidents and characters spinning through their paces like juggling balls."e;-Time"e;A speed-breaker for thrills with a big dramatic scene set in a crowded casino."e; Atlanta Journal Constitution"e;Excitement enough to intrigue the most hardened reader."e;-Newark News"e;Mounting suspense on every page."e;-Houston Chronicle"e;It's superlative, everything such a story should be...One can only beg for more from Mr. Fleming."e;-Pensacola News-Journal
JAMES BOND JOINS THE WORLD'S MOST RUTHLESS JEWEL RING..."e;We're going to find out who you are and who you work for and what you know....IF you think you can hold out on us you're wrong, dead wrong."e;Jack Spang spoke to James Bond gently...menacingly.Two hooded men entered the room and sat opposite the secret agent. They put down football boots beside them and started to unlace their shoes.Spang spoke again. "e;We'll make it a Brooklyn stomping. Eighty per center. Okay with you...Mr. Bond?"e;The Spangled Mob hires undercover agent James Bond to smuggle diamonds into America, and the ace British spy finds himself partners in crime with the most tantalizing female he's ever encountered-Tiffany Case, hotter than stolen "e;ice,"e; as surprising as sudden death.
"e;MOVE AN INCH AND I'LL KILL YOU."e;It had been a girl's voice, but a voice that fiercely meant what it said.Bond, his heart thumping, stared up the shaft of the steel arrow whose blue-tempered triangular tip parted the grass stalks eighteen inches from his head.The girl was dressed in ragged coat and trousers. The beauty of her face was wild and animal, with a wide, sensuous mouth, high cheekbones and silvery gray, disdainful eyes. There was the blood of scratches on her forearms and down one cheek. She looked like a dangerous customer who knew wild country and forests and was not afraid of them.Bond thought she was wonderful. He smiled at her..."e;I suppose you're Robin Hood. My name's James Bond..."e;BOND IS BACK!007 deals a deathblow to international crime as he tracks gunrunners in the blue Caribbean, unearths a thorny nest of spies in a French forest, smashes smugglers in sunny Italy and teams up with an untamed huntress on a mission of vengeance in Vermont.
It was a naked girl, with her back to him. She was not quite naked. She wore a broad leather belt round her waist with a hunting knife in a leather sheath at her right hip. The belt made her nakedness extraordinarily erotic. She stood not more than five yards away on the tideline looking down at something in her hand. She stood in the classical relaxed pose of the nude, all the weight on the right leg and the left knee bent and turning slightly inwards, the head to one side as she examined the things in her hand.M called this case a soft option. Bond can't quite agree. The tropical island is luxurious, the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing.But they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.The doctor is a worthy adversary, with a mind as hard and cold as his solid steel hands.Dr. No's obsession is power. His only gifts are strictly pain-shaped.'Masterful...beautifully written.'-Raymond Chandler, The Sunday Times.'The essence of a James Bond thriller is its speed, its knowingness...Dr. No has a full quota of every ingredient. Bond is better than ever.'-Evening Standard.'Wildly thrilling, packed with convincing technical detail.'-C. Day Lewis, BBC World of Books.'Pace, brilliant descriptive powers, superb imagination...sheer entertainment.'-Spectator.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSThe Russians wanted to liquidate James Bond-ace British secret agent-in a way that would embarrass England. So they lined up their best team to pull off the job!Tatiana Romanova-an alluring brunette seductress who looks like Garbo although her heart belongs to the State.Red Grant-a renegade Irish hired assassin, who likes to kill for kicks.Rosa Klebb-head of Otydel II, department of torture and death, a hideous woman with a lust for inflicting excruciating torment.The master conspirators devise a trap designed to eliminate Bond on a perilous journey from Istanbul to Paris via the lush Orient Express. A trip on which Bond makes passionate love to one of his captors as he fights desperately to protect his life from the others, while the train speeds towards its ultimate, awful rendezvous with death!JAMES BOND becomes the target of theRUSSIAN MURDER ORGANIZATION, SMERSH...The deadly and sinister SMERSH sets a trap to catch and kill James Bond, ace British spy with a weakness for women and wine, and they bait it with a beautiful brunette. But they don't count on her falling in love with her victim...after she has seduced him!!"e;One of the most outrageously entertaining thrillers ever contrived."e;-New York World Telegram and Sun.
"e;Keep away from MR. AURIC GOLDFINGER. He is a most powerful man. If he wished to crush you, he would only have to roll over in his sleep to do so."e;OPERATION GRAND SLAMSecret agent James Bond had been warned not to tangle with Goldfinger. But the super-criminal's latest obsession was too strong, too dangerous. He had to be stopped.Goldfinger was determined to take possession of half the supply of mined gold in the world-to rob Fort Knox!For this incredible venture he had enlisted the aid of the top criminals in the U.S., including a bevy of beautiful thieves from the Bronx. And he had conceived so foolproof a plan that it would take all of Bond's unique talents to make it fail-as fail it must.JAMES BOND challengesGOLDFINGER, THE MOST EVIL GENIUS HE HAS EVER FACED.He's a phenomenal criminal who likes his women dressed only in gold paint. He's a magnificent fiend who carries his cash in gold bars. He's a powerful villain who plans to pull the biggest and boldest crime in history-the robbery of all the gold in Fort Knox."e;It's all marvellously intricate and polished storytelling, all absurdly impossible, all superlative fun."e;-Cleveland News."e;We recommend Goldfinger for just what it is: sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek entertainment par excellence."e;-Playboy Magazine."e;If you like heroes heroic, a woman who proves, finally, that she's all woman, and a villain who is a dirty dog, then Goldfinger is for you."e;-Detroit Sunday Times.
When 007 goes to Harlem, it's not just for the jazz. For Harlem is the kingdom of Mr Big, black master of crime, voodoo baron, senior partner in SMERSH's grim company of death.Those he cannot possess, he crushes;those who cross him will meet painful ends.Like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire.And her lover, James Bond.Both are marked out as victims in a trail of terror, treachery and torture that leads from New York's black underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr Bier calls his own...'Speed...tremendous zest communicated excitement. Brrh! How wincingly well Mr Fleming writes '-JULIAN SYMONS, SUNDAY TIMES
Flamboyant red cropped hair, florid skin, eyes blazing with hate-THIS IS THE FACE OF HUGO DRAX,THE MYSTERY MAN BEHIND MOONRAKER.A stranger, he came out of nowhere to build England the deadliest weapon ever devised by a human brain.A maniacal genius, he now holds the life of secret agent JAMES BOND in his fiendishly clever hands!!JAMES BOND has less than four days to discover the secret motive that is driving the mysterious HUGO DRAX to build MOONRAKER, the new super rocket that can blow the world sky high!!Is he a national hero out to save the universe? Or a diabolical fiend bent on destruction? The answer must be found before the zero hour-an hour that is rapidly drawing closer and closer-when Moonraker will be finished and ready for use!