The Spy Who Loved Me ★★★☆☆

The Spy Who Loved Me
Ian Fleming


Genre(s) | 3.25
Goodreads Rating | 3.39
Published: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Vintage Classics

The Spy Who Loved Me

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. Continue reading

Dr. No Book Review

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Dr. No
Ian Fleming

Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller, Adventure, Mystery.
Goodreads Rating | 3.76
My Rating | 3.5 

James Bond is sent to Jamaica for some R&R, instead of rest and relaxation he gets a riotous and rip-roaring reception. He faces a calculating and menacing villain in the form of Dr. Julius No, who has acquired Crab Key island off the coast of Jamaica, and his intentions and actions are shrouded in secrecy. Bond, accompanied capably by the beautiful Honey and the fiercely loyal Quarrel, visit the private island where they encounter an abundance of obstacles in their attempts to bring the undoubtedly evil Dr No down.  Continue reading

A Thriller Without The Thrills

From Russia With Love, Ian Fleming 

A Thriller Without The Thrills…

3 / 5 

Bond is once again called into action when M is brought a very peculiar case pertaining to a Russian operative who has apparently fallen in love with James Bond, and also has an important machine in her possession which would unlock the KGB’s secrets for the British. However, unbeknownst to Bond and M, is the fact that this is all a rouse concocted by SMERSH in order to kill Bond in a manner which would destroy the image of MI5 and be a hugely successful mission for them. 

From Russia With Love contains the usual sexist, racist, chavaunistic, misogynist and narrow-minded worldviews of that time. But with this being the fifth Bond book I have read, it has become pretty easy to take it in the spirit of the time that it was written. The outdated beliefs and values do not compromises the story, the realities and dangers of spycraft, or the sheer charm factor of murder on the Orient Express.  Continue reading