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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'.
As British war hero Hugo Drax concludes construction of his state-of-the-art nuclear missile, the Moonraker, British secret agent James Bond is sent to protect the final test of the rocket against terrorist attack. But all may not be what it seems in a facility staffed exclusively by post-war German scientists, and Bond must once again put his life on the line as he races to protect the world from Draxs heinous double-cross.Moonraker is the third book in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for radio and provided the title for the eleventh James Bond movie, starring Roger Moore in the lead role.
When British secret agent James Bond is sent to detain a suspected murderer, he sets in motion a series of events that lead to a sudden and shocking end for the accused.Octopussy is the fourteenth title in the James Bond spy series. It provided the title and several character elements for the 1984 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond.
When British secret agent James Bond arrives at a remote motel in the Adirondacks, he finds a beautiful woman held captive by a pair of mobsters. Convincing the mobsters to give him a room for the night, Bonds attempts to free the girl come to a violent and combustible end.The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth title in the James Bond spy series. It was used as the title for a 1977 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond.
While on a diplomatic mission, British secret agent James Bond unexpectedly discovers the location of the head of SPECTRE, Ernest Blofeld, now running a Garden of Death in Japan. Captured while infiltrating the garden, Bond faces down Blofeldand the outcome may threaten his very existence.You Only Live Twice is the twelfth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1967 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
Unknowingly the target of a SMERSH death warrant, British secret agent James Bond is assigned to assist with the defection of Soviet agent Tatiana Romanova. Tempted by the acquisition of the Spektor Soviet decoding device, Bond is lured into a deadly trap that may prove to be his demise.From Russia with Love is the fifth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1963 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
Recently recovered from tetrodotoxin poisoning, British secret agent James Bond is sent to Jamaica to probe the disappearance of Commander John Strangeways, the head of MI6s Station J. Picking up Strangewayss investigation into the mysterious Dr. Julius No, Bond infiltrates Nos closely-guarded island only to discover that the doctors secrets are deeper and more deadly than anyone had forseen.Dr. No is the sixth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1962 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
When James Bond exposes the master-criminal Goldfinger as a cheat, he becomes entangled in one of the biggest heists to be perpetrated on American soilthe looting of Fort Knoxs gold reserves. Working from the inside, Bond races against the odds to contact his associate, ex-CIA agent Felix Leiter, and stop Operation Grand Slam.Goldfinger is the seventh title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1964 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
In this collection of short stories, British secret agent James Bond must once again draw on his skills of deception and combat. Stories include From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico, and The Hildebrand Rarity.For Your Eyes Only is the eighth title in the James Bond spy series. Many of the titles and plot elements from the stories have been adapted for film.
Hired by the Spangled Mob to smuggle diamonds from London to New York, undercover agent James Bond is quickly drawn into a dangerous criminal underworld. As his investigation takes him from New York to the racetracks of Saratoga to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone, Bond races to dismantle a smuggling network that spans the globe.Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1971 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
Kidnapped by a group of gangsters, Jeremy and Jemima Pott are once again in MORTAL DANGER and only their magical car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang can save them. Held captive by the gangsters they met in Adventure #2, Jeremy and Jemima are now pawns in the criminals plan to rob the Bon-Bon chocolate shop. With time running out, can Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, the Pott familys magical car save the day one final time?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #3 concludes the Pott familys vacation with a bang.
Faced with MORTAL DANGER, the Pott family trade one peril for another as, during their escape from the isolated beach they found at the end of Adventure #1, they come face to face with a group of dangerous gangsters. But with Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang to rescue them, the Pott family can rest easy at their hotel in the French countrysideor can they?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #2 sees the Pott family finding hidden treasure and escaping hostile hoodlums as they continue their summer vacation.
The Pott family is anything but ordinary. With an inventor for a father, twins Jeremy and Jemima have learned to expect the unexpected, so they arent at all worried that the new family car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, produces wings and flies them out of a traffic jam. And they dont bat an eye when Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang soars out over the English Channel to find the perfect beach for sun-bathing. And when they are faced with MORTAL DANGER, who else but Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang could rescue them?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #1 sees the Pott family off on a summer jauntwhere the unexpected awaits them and their magical car.
A high-stakes baccarat game turns deadly as British secret agent James Bond attempts to take down Le Chiffre, paymaster for the Soviet counterintelligence organization SMERSH. Aided by stalwart CIA agent Felix Leiter and the beautiful but duplicitous Vesper Lynd, Bond battles the odds to bankrupt Le Chiffre, lay waste SMERSHs cashflow, and escape alive.Influenced by author Ian Flemings own experience as naval intelligence officer, Casino Royale is the first title in the James Bond spy series. It has been adapted several times for television and screen, including the 2006 film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
The last book written by Ian Fleming, but by no means the least. In "e;Octopussy,"e; a talented but wayward British major pays a high price when his wartime past catches up with him, while in "e;The Property of a Lady,"e; a Faberge egg leads Bond to a KGB spy. In "e;The Living Daylights,"e; Bond has a perilous rendezvous in sniper's alley between East and West Berlin, and "e;007 in New York"e; (read by Lucy Fleming) sees him sent to America to warn an ex-MI6 operative about a dangerous liaison. All part of the job for 007.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Tom Hiddleston.
For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "e;retire"e; him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in-that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.
When 007 goes to Harlem, it's not just for the jazz. This is the kingdom of Mr. Big, master of crime, voodoo baron, and partner in SMERSH's grim company of death. Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes-like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her would-be saviors James Bond and Agency man Felix Leiter. All three are marked out as victims in a trail of terror, treachery, and torture that leads from New York's underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Rory Kinnear.