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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'.
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.
The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax-a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.
Diamonds are being smuggled on a formidable scale from Africa to America via Britain. 007's assignment is to break the smuggling ring. It's a dangerous mission that takes him to the racecourse and mud-baths of Saratoga Springs, the gaming tables of Las Vegas, the ghost town of Spectreville, and beyond. The Spangled Mob threatens to be too much even for Bond, but help is at hand in the shape of co-conspirator Tiffany Case.This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Damian Lewis.
James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Toby Stephens.
M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what's needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr. Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr. No's private island, they realize that his plans could threaten international security.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.
A game of canasta turns out crooked, and a golden girl ends up dead. It seems that Auric Goldfinger is a bad loser when it comes to cards. He's also the world's most ruthless and successful gold smuggler. As James Bond follows his trail, he discovers that Goldfinger's real game is the heist of fifteen billion dollars of US government bullion. The final hand is played at Fort Knox, in a spectacular display of deception and intrigue.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Bonneville.
When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style.Contains the short stories "e;From a View to a Kill,"e; "e;For Your Eyes Only,"e; "e;Quantum of Solace,"e; "e;Risico,"e; and "e;The Hildebrand Rarity."e;This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Samuel West.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organization SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met, he will destroy one of the world's major cities. With only one week to locate the missing bombs, James Bond goes to the Bahamas, where he encounters Blofeld's right-hand man, Emilio Largo, and his mistress, Domino. With time running out, Bond learns that sharks are not the only killers in the Caribbean Sea.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Jason Isaacs.
When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn't take him long to realize that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn't want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her.This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Rosamund Pike.
In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marry Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.
James Bond seems unable to function after the death of his wife. Determined to restore 007 to the effective agent he used to be, M sends him on a mission to Japan, to the mysterious "e;Castle of Death"e; and into the lair of an old and terrifying enemy. For Bond and Blofeld, this will be their final encounter. Only one of them can survive.This audiobook includes a bonus interview with Martin Jarvis.
If you try to assassinate your boss-even though brainwashed at the time-you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond is sent to kill one of the most lethal hit men in the world ... Paco "e;Pistols"e; Scaramanga. In the sultry heat of Jamaica, 007 infiltrates his target's criminal cooperative-only to find that Scaramanga's bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Kenneth Branagh.
Alle 14 James-Bond-Originalromane im Paket!Wer in diesem Sommer ferne, exotische Lnder und pulsierende Stdte bereisen will, muss in keinen Flieger steigen. Eine Welt abseits des Alltags voller halsbrecherischer Missionen und erotischer Eskapaden inkl. einer Reise um den Globus bieten auch die 14 James-Bond-Romane. Das Paket beinhaltet alle Geschichten, die den britischen Autor Ian Fleming weltberhmt und die 007 zum Markenzeichen von actionreichem Agententum und britischer Coolness gemacht haben. Passend dazu hat der Illustrator Michael Gillette fr jedes Buchcover eine Femme fatale entworfen, die den Geschichten entnommen sind und jedem Buch einen eigenen Charakter verleihen. Das ideale Geschenk fr alle Bond-Liebhaber und -Liebhaberinnen! Endlich ist es mglich, Titel wie "e;Goldfinger"e;, "e;Thunderball"e; oder "e;You Only Live Twice"e; komplett in ungekrzten bersetzungen und mit den ursprnglichen Kapitelabschnitten und -berschriften zu lesen. Eine einzigartige James-Bond-Bibliothek, die dazu einldt, dem Kult um den britischen Gentleman-Geheimdienstler mit der "e;Lizenz zum Tten"e; auf den Grund zu gehen.
"e;Crackpot"e; is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised-except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name, and she tells them what it is! Then they find out that she can fly ... and swim. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks-and she's taking the Potts with her. Jump into the world's most loved magical car for her first adventure.Includes an interview with David Tennant
Der einer Gehirnwasche unterzogene Bond hat versucht, M, seinen Chef, zu ermorden und ist gescheitert. Nun muss Bond beweisen, dass er in alter Form zuruck und wieder vertrauenswurdig ist. "e;Alles"e; was 007 zu tun hat, ist den todlichsten Auftragskiller der Welt zur Strecke zu bringen - Paco "e;Pistols"e; Scaramanga, der Mann mit dem goldenen Colt. Doch trotz seiner Lizenz zum Toten, ist 007 kein Morder. So beschliet er auf der Suche nach Scaramanga in der schwulen Hitze Jamaikas, die kriminellen Vereinigung des Killers zu infiltrieren und ihm wird klar, er muss seinen Gegner so schnell wie moglich erledigen. Oder 007 wird der Nachste auf einer langen Liste von Secret Services Agenten sein, die der Mann mit dem Goldenen Colt in den ewigen Ruhestand geschickt hat ... Jeder kennt sie: die teils stark von den Vorlagen abweichenden Verfilmungen der James-Bond-Romane. Pnktlich zum 50-jhrigen Jublium der Filmreihe gilt es die Ian-Fleming-Originale erstmals im "e;Director's Cut"e; zu entdecken!Eine der grten Filmikonen berhaupt wird 50 Jahre alt! Passend dazu kommt Ende 2012 der 23. Teil der Saga mit dem Titel "e;Skyfall"e; in die Kinos! Cross Cult schliet sich den Jubilaren des Mythos mit einer Wiederentdeckung der meisterhaft erzhlten Agenten- und Spionageromane aus der Feder Ian Flemings an und beginnt die schrittweise Verffentlichung aller James-Bond-Originalromane. Endlich wird es mglich sein, Titel wie "e;Goldfinger"e;, "e;Thunderball"e; oder "e;You Only Live Twice"e; komplett in ungekrzten bersetzungen und mit den ursprnglichen Kapitelabschnitten und -berschriften zu lesen. Es verspricht eine einzigartige James-Bond-Bibliothek zu werden, die dazu einldt, dem Kult um den britischen Gentleman-Geheimdienstler mit der "e;Lizenz zum Tten"e; auf den Grund zu gehen.