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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'.
"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!
From the legacy of Ian Fleming come these two recently discovered short novels-superb examples ofJAMES BOND AT HIS BESTThey were written by 007's creator before his death and are published here in book form for the first time.OCTOPUSSYis set in Fleming's favourite pleasure paradise, Jamaica in the British West Indies.THE LIVING DAYLIGHTStakes place in, what is for Fleming, a new kind of locale: the border territory that divides East and West Berlin. In both novellas Fleming gives the audacious Bond the power of life-or death-over two very different adversaries.Bond's first quarry is a rather odd Englishman, the very proper Major Dexter Smythe. Smythe is a retired officer of the Royal Marines. He is a man of no visible wealth, yet he lives in luxurious idleness. His pet diversion-indeed his obsession-is a dangerous experiment that he is conducting with a predator of the deep, with a many-tentacled beauty whom he fondly has named Octopussy....Bond's second target is one of Fleming's most tantalizing villains, a person whom Bond, and the reader, glimpses but never meets. M. sends Bond to West Berlin to safeguard the escape of Number 272, a British agent who is privy to Russia's top-secret atomic plans. Agent 272 is to make his break for freedom across the East Berlin frontier. The big trouble is: the KGB knows the escape plan and that plan cannot be changed. They have assigned their best sniper, Trigger, to shoot 272 on the run, on a certain street, at a certain time. Armed with a .308-caliber International Experimental Target rifle, Bond must stake out the sniper and kill him before he kills 272...
In a closely guarded bastion of evil high in the Swiss Alps.ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD puts the finishing touches to a most fiendish plot involving ten beautiful and ingenuous girls...to a most diabolical plot for murder on a mass scale. Only one man can stop him and that man is Blofeld's archenemy secret agent JAMES BOND.IAN FLEMING'S ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICEThe superlative thriller that pits the secret agent James Bond once more against SPECTRE's archfiend Bloefeld, architect of a nefarious scheme to destroy the free world...the thriller in which 007 falls in love with the lovely Tracy, daughter of Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Union Corse...."e;The hottest sleuth in the suspense field, James Pond, really tops himself in this new Ian Fleming thriller.'-St. Paul Dispatch."e;James Bond, 007, the best-known spy of our times, now by public acclaim one of the master-spies of the cloak-and-dagger fantasy. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is packed with danger, mystery, crime, and wild pursuit, to which the author has added sear in generous proportions."e;-Chicago Sunday Tribune."e;One of Bond's most ominous and chilling adventures."e;-Newsweek."e;Solid Fleming."e;-New York Herald Tribune.
HAILED BY THE PRESS AS: "e;THE GREATEST SPY STORY SINCE WORLD WAR II"e;The chilling, spy-studded story of a carefully organized, private intelligence army-and the master operative who ingeniously commanded it.IAN FLEMING AT THIS INTRIGUING BESTThe glitter of espionage, the lure of easy money, the fever of men and women trapped by the temptations of "e;hot ice"e;..all interwoven in a nerve-tightening web of intrigue and violence. A web that winds from the depths of an African diamond mine, right op to Moscow-and the Top!"e;A BREATHTAKING STORY"e;-The Evansville Press"e;ADVENTURE WITH A WALLOP"e;-Omaha World-Herald"e;TANTALIZING"e;-The New York Times"e;MAKES FOR FINE READING...SECOND TO NONE"e;-San Francisco Call Bulletin"e;INTRIGUING, FASCINATING"e;-Philadelphia Inquirer
Bond goes to the Caribbean and track down Francisco Scaramanga, who has built a deadly laser for the express purpose of killing. With his gold-plated Colt.45 and his deadeye accuracy, Scaramanga is deemed too deadly to live.James Bond-'twisted like a dying animal on the ground and iron in his hand cracked viciously...''Pistols' Scaramanga-professional assassin for the KGB and other criminal organisations. A paranoiac and sexual fetishist, he used a gold-plated Colt with silver bullets to avenge himself upon humanity.Mary Goodnight-'a naked arm smelling of Chanel No. 5 snaked round Bond's neck, and warm lips kissed the corner of his mouth.'"e;Fleming keeps you riveted."e;-Sunday Telegraph"e;Some of the best ingredients of the Bond sagas"e;-Bristol Evening News
"e;THE SPY WHO LOVED ME was called James Bond and the night on which he loved me was a night of screaming terror in The Dreamy Pines Motor Court, which is in the Adirondacks in the north of New York State."e;This is the story of who I am and how I came through a nightmare of torture and the threat of rape and death to a dawn of ecstasy..."e;So writes Vivienne Michel-"e;the most attractive of Bond's heroines to date."e; (Sunday Times)"e;Ian Fleming keeps you riveted. His narrative pulls with the smooth power of Bond's Thunderbird, and the way he gets inside the skin of his heroine is masterly."e;-Sunday Telegraph"e;Muscularly brilliant...not for prudes"e;-Evening Standard
'On November 2nd armed with a sheaf of visas...one suitcase...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world...'In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore fourteen of the world's most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer's eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.
THUNDERBALL presents the blueprint for a monstrous crime that could be just around the corner in history.James Bond is in disgrace. His monthly medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a nature-cure clinic to be tuned-up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness. Furiously, Bond undergoes the shame of the carrot juice and nut-cutlet regime-and thereby minutely upsets the plans of SPECTRE, a new adversary, more deadly, more ruthless even than Smersh.Who is SPECTER? What are its plans? Alas, the organization is all too realistically described, its plans all too contemporary for comfort. Of all James Bond's adversaries, the Chief of SPECTRE casts the darkest shadow.
James Bond is about to be cashiered out of Her Majesty's Secret Service. The British agent whose exploits have been followed by millions of readers around the world, who has thwarted such arch-criminals as Dr. No and Goldfinger, now finds himself on a last-chance mission. Sick with grief over the death of Tracy, his beautiful wife of a day, Bond has bungled two important assignments. As You Only Live Twice opens, Bond faces an unspoken ultimatum. He must make good on a vital mission to Japan or his career in the service will be finished....In this latest adventure novel the inimitable Ian Fleming unfolds a spellbinding tale of the Orient-of sensuous pleasure and maniacal torture-of a suicide garden of sulphurous fumaroles and poisonous plants surrounding a pool of man-eating piranha-of a lissome beauty named Kissy Suzuki-and of James Bond's appointment with destiny in a place of easy death.
INCLUDES ARCHIVE MATERIAL AND A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM JOHN CORK Who is Auric Goldfinger? The Bank of England wants to know and they're eager to discover what he's done with the gold he's been stockpiling since the War. James Bond is put on the trail, but this isn't the first time 007 has crossed paths with the enigmatic millionaire. Inexorably drawn into the most ambitious heist of the century, Bond soon learns that Goldfinger never forgets and never forgives. Greed and power have created a deadly opponent who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and against Goldfinger's murderous mania for gold, Bond may prove the only defence. 'Nobody else does this sort of thing as well as Mr. Fleming... It offers more passages of sustained excitement than we are likely to get from any other thriller this year' Sunday Times
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. First published in 1964, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was Ian Fleming's only children's book, written for his son Caspar. Fleming was inspired by a celebrated English racing car nicknamed 'Chitty-Bang-Bang', which was built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski in the 1920s. This stunning edition features gorgeous illustrations by Joe Berger. Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
Former naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming achieved great fame for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming's wartime service and his career as a journalist provided much valuable material his 007 novels, which are highly regarded for their development of the thriller genre in literature. This comprehensive eBook presents Fleming's complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Fleming's life and works* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts* All 12 novels, with individual contents tables* Includes the complete James Bond short stories * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts* Excellent formatting of the texts* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories* Includes Fleming's seminal children's classic, CHITTY-CHITTY-BANG-BANG: THE MAGICAL CAR* Fleming's non-fiction books* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genresPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titlesCONTENTS:The NovelsCASINO ROYALELIVE AND LET DIEMOONRAKERDIAMONDS ARE FOREVERFROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVEDR. NOGOLDFINGERTHUNDERBALLTHE SPY WHO LOVED MEON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICEYOU ONLY LIVE TWICETHE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUNThe Short Story CollectionsFOR YOUR EYES ONLYOCTOPUSSY AND THE LIVING DAYLIGHTSMISCELLANEOUS STORIESThe Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERThe Children's BookCHITTY-CHITTY-BANG-BANG: THE MAGICAL CARThe Non-FictionTHE DIAMOND SMUGGLERSTHRILLING CITIESNEWSPAPER PIECESPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to purchase this eBook as a Parts Edition of individual eBooks
The daring James Bond is back, this time in a lavishly put together collection celebrating the iconic SPECTRE storylines. Featuring 1. Thunderball 2. On Her Majesty's Secret Service 3. You Only Live Twice 4. The Spy Who Loved Me. These fully restored and thrilling stories are based on the original Ian Fleming James Bond novels.