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

For Your Eyes Only ★★★☆☆

For Your Eyes Only ★★★☆☆
Ian Fleming


Genre(s) | Thriller, Espionage
Goodreads Rating | 3.65
Humpo Show Rating | 3.25
Published: Originally published in 1960 (my version was released in 2012)
Publisher: Vintage

Five stories. Five insights into the mindset of a secret agent. Five intriguing locations. James Bond finds himself solving crimes, tracking assassins, listening to remarkable stories, dealing with drug smugglers and hunting for rare fish.

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Forever and a Day ★★★★☆

Forever and a Day ★★★★☆
Anthony Horowitz


Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 4.18
Humpo Show Rating | 4.20 
Published: 2018
Publisher: Jonathan Cape

007 is dead. 

A British Secret Service Agent is found dead in the waters of Marseille. M, the head of the Secret Service, has entrusted the task of finding out who killed 007 to a newly promoted agent, who also has the task of uncovering the shady and intriguing happenings of the criminal network in the French Riviera. That man is James Bond. In his first official outing as a double-0 agent with a ‘licence to kill’, his investigations bring him face to face with a Corsican drug lord, an American millionaire, and a seductive but dangerous ex-spy.  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

Spectacular! SPECTRE Review

SPECTRE Film Review

4.25 / 5 

One word needed: SPECTACULAR

Daniel Craig is back for his fourth outing as James Bond in this pulsatingly exciting adventure that is quite simply two-and-a-half-hours of spectacular espionage wonderment. Bond’s hands-on investigations take him to a plethora of countries in his mission to discover and uncover the formidable organisation, SPECTRE. His mission takes him to the carnival atmosphere of Mexico City, to picturesque Rome, the snowy peaks of Austria, the desolate, sandy Tangier and of course the centrepoint of MI5’s business, London. 

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Who Should Be The Next Bond? My Choices

Who Should Be The Next James Bond?

The next James Bond is a topic that has become a cauldron of discussion by everyone from the producers and directors of the Bond films, the current cast members, the potential replacements themselves, the acting community in general, celebrities not in the acting field and people on social media. James Bond is the creation of the brilliant Ian Fleming and has been successfully transferred from the pages of his books to the cinema screens seen by millions for over half a century.

The favourites are Damian Lewis, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. Personally, I would prefer if none of them got the role as James Bond. They are all great actors and I love them in some of the films and TV shows that I have witnessed their considerable acting abilities in. These three are the favourites because even though James Bond is a British book and film series, it is increasingly pandering to the global audience it now reaches rather than the formula that made it successful naturally. Lewis (Homeland), Elba (The Wire) and Hardy (Mad Max) have each made a name for themselves in America, which is why they are the favourites for the role of James Bond as SONY and MGM would probably want a Brit who has cracked America to give them a better chance of making it a hit at the box=office. Continue reading

Trigger Mortis

Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel
By Anthony Horowitz

4 / 5

Bond Is Back!

Thrilling racing around the forbidding Nürburgring racing track, rocket launches at Wallops Island and the tense finale that occurs in the labyrinthine railway network beneath New York City, which all contribute to a bloody brilliant Bond novel. There is of course, the inclusion of inevitably beautiful and tempting women, coupled with another aspect that is trademark Bond material, a diabolical enemy who is intent on causing destruction and loss of life. Trigger Mortis is a fantastic novel by Anthony Horowitz who has combined all those elements with the return of the dastardly organisation SMERSH to create an intoxicating story that would make Ian Fleming proud.

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Horowitz has written so faithfully that this could quite easily be a lost Ian Fleming work that has been discovered and released. The writing style is absolutely on point in every chapter, paragraph, sentence and word. He has described everything from a bottle of wine to race car in fascinating detail which is a hallmark of Fleming. Even the outdated, politically incorrect phrases that feature in Fleming’s novels are included here, but they are included and handled in a seemingly less offensive way to conform to modern sensibilities. Though Trigger Mortis is very much in keep with the 1950s Bond books, Horowitz has managed to handle sensitive words to a modern audience deftly while maintaining the attitudes held by many of the time.

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Favourite Sean Connery Film?

Favourite Sean Connery Film?

To celebrate Sir Sean Connery’s 85th birthday, I thought I would do a blog post celebrating his filmwork and finding out what film of his is your favourite in the comments section below. An Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, knighted by the Queen and a Kennedy Centre Honours recipient, not to mention the enviable titles of “The Greatest Living Scot”, “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure”, Sexiest Man Alive and Sexiest Man of the Century, Sean Connery is one of Britain’s most decorated actors of all time. I will go through some of his films, trivia facts and quotes.

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Which Film Are You Waiting For?

Which film are you waiting for?

The last 5 months or so of 2015 seems to have an abundance of quality films coming out and I was wondering which film everybody is looking forward to the most. Bond? Star Wars? Mockingjay? Something else?

Scorch Trials, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Spectre, Mockingjay Part 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Snowden and The Revenant are the films I have chosen that will be the most popular and talked about over the next few months and afterwards.

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Death is Forever, but so are Diamonds

Diamonds are Forever Book Review

Death is Forever, but so are Diamonds.

3.5 / 5

James Bond is sent on an assignment to America to discover the Spangled Mob’s system of diamond smuggling that is bringing them millions of dollars. M is apprehensive in assigning Bond on this mission as he knows there is more to the American mob than meets the eye, but Bond accepts the assignment with no such reservations. However, he sees firsthand the length and breadth of their influence and power in America and he must put himself in the line of fire to dismantle this powerful machine that the Spang brothers have constructed.

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Moonraker Book Review



Moonraker

3.75 / 5

A very readable and smoothly written Bond adventure.

James Bond is back again; this time he is given the task of uncovering any wrongdoings or possible plans to sabotage the most important project in Britain that has a ringing endorsement from the Prime Minister, the Moonraker. He arrives in Kent to replace a murdered Ministry of Supply security officer working on the project of the Moonraker. Bond has to use the competent Gala Brand to figure out what is going on and the role that the egomaniac Sir Hugo Drax has in it.

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die
Ian Fleming

3.25 / 5

Typical Bond: Up against cunning foe and saving a damsel

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The second James Bond book written by Ian Fleming, written in 1954, details the story of Bond’s assignment that he has been given, which concerns a famous Black, underworld Voodoo leader, Soviet-trained, SMERSH agent called Mr Big. Bond has been sent to New York City, Harlem, Florida and Jamaica to investigate the flow of 17th century gold coins that have found their way into Harlem and Florida. The British Secret Service and CIA work together on this project as they suspect that Mr Big is using this process to finance Soviet spy operations.

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The name is Bond … James Bond

Casino Royale- Ian Fleming

3.75/5

A thrilling ride into the world of espionage and James Bond.

As a big fan of the James Bond films, I endeavoured to read the novels which made them possible and see Fleming’s work that has created one of the longest running film franchises ever in its entirety. It is a 213-page book and because of the fast paced nature of spy fiction, the reader becomes wrapped in the world of espionage and before you know it, you’ve finished it and you have become hooked. I have already put the next two books from the Bond series onto my list to read.

The most recent Casino Royale film (2006) starring Daniel Craig, despite being filmed 50 years after the book was published, the film overall stuck to the original story very well. If you enjoyed the film and that you are a Bond film buff, then most likely you’ll enjoy reading this as this is the starting point for the phenomenon, which is the James Bond franchise.

Those who are unfamiliar with the story, it is as this; Bond is pitched into a high stakes game of baccarat with Le Chiffre, who is a paymaster for a SMERSH (Soviet Counterintelligence) controlled trade union, and his mission is to win and bankrupt him. Bond is accompanied by the personal assistant to the Head of Section S (Soviet Union), Vesper Lynd. Vesper acts as his companion and so does Felix Leiter (CIA) and Renee Mathis (French Intelligence Agency). Fleming explores the relentless battle of mind-games between Bond and Le Chiffre while playing the multi-million-pound game at the Casino Royale-les-Eaux. The way Fleming sets the scene and conveys their emotions is done in such a crisp and concisely described way so that reader can easily imagine the visual and emotional scenery.

It is a thrilling book that I read in a flash. The James Bond books may be short but the way Fleming presents everything so precisely and effectively, he has made time for himself to create brilliant action, develop Bond’s persona and guides the reader further into the world of espionage, spies and secrets. This is a journey I am willing to go on thanks to this brilliant opening act.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(novel) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond