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Doctor No (James Bond Novels) Paperback – August 27, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 247 customer reviews
Book 6 of 45 in the James Bond 007 Series

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The allure of James Bond was best described by Raymond Chandler, who insisted that 007 is "what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Who can argue with that? This month marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No, which was the first Bond adventure to make the big screen, and two big coffee-table books are being published to honor the occasion (LJ 10/1/02, p. 96). Shockingly, Fleming's original novels have gone out of print, but Penguin here reproduces a trio of the British secret agent's early outings, released in 1952, 1958, and 1959, respectively, sporting stylish cover art. These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: James Bond Novels
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142002038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142002032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of us have seen a James Bond movie at one time or another and enjoyed the outlandish antics in which he participates. However, upon getting my hands on this edition and finishing it in a matter of hours, the movies suddenly hold no appeal. I love the literary Bond! Sure, he's a lecherous alcoholic who smokes 60 cigarettes a day, but that's only during his downtime; when he's on the job, women and booze are secondary. And sure, it's vastly outdated, but the Cold War is still, by far, the best setting for an espionage thriller. The Bond in the novels is a cold cutomer who wouldn't hesitate to kill someone close to him to spare them a worse death (as in the latter part of Live And Let Die). Also, the literary Bond's body is a patchwork of scar tissue, and his handsome features are marred only by a scar on his right cheek.
That said, Fleming's style is great--short and to the point, much the same as his days writing reports during WWII during his stint in the military. His prose isnn't flowery, and it advances the story at a brisk pace.
Dr. No is an excellent turning point for both Fleming and Bond. Fleming killed Bond at the end of From Russia With Love (one report being that he'd tired of the character, but fans clammored for Bond's revival). The events of the previous novel are touched-on briefly in the beginning of the book, but they don't have much bearing on the rest of the story. However, the return of Quarrel (from Live And Let Die) and his loss greatly affects Bond, bringing a depth of character rarely explored by the celluloid Bonds.
Dr. No is a great read of the genre of its time, featuring a dashing secret agent hero, a capable sidekick, a beautiful seashell-hunting love interest, 5-inch tropical poisonous centipedes, flamethrowing dragons, sadistic henchmen, a giant squid (not in the movie!), and of course, Dr. No, the pincer-handed, ultra-rich, ultra-evil, guano-dealing nemesis! Who could ask for anything more?!
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The basic frame of all the James Bond books and movies. It was the book chosen by the owners of the film rights to introduce the character to the screen - and they kept rather close to the essentials ... the tough but sophisticated Bond, the alluring female lead who becomes his companion and usually savior, the gruff but proud M and so on. Probably the best example of the movie being as good as the book - certainly not true of the later cartoonish movies which are seldom as good as the original Fleming stories.
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I decided to get Dr.No on Kindle after reading Thunderball. I was enjoying the book again until half way, when I started seeing the following: #$2013 in the middle of a sentence. This went on the rest of the book, and greatly reduced my enjoyment as sentences were interrupted with this glitch. I purchased another Bond book and hope it does not have similar mistakes in it. The book is still an entertaining read, but the mistakes in print make for annoying distractions.
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This is my favorite James Bond novel. Ian Fleming created a character with a gargantuan appetite for the more worldly pleasures. For a land that could supply our hero with such an appetite Fleming chose his own beloved Jamaica. The melding of the story with the setting is Fleming at his best. Jamaica was a land of beauty, mystery and intrigue. Fleming captured this so well and gave us a remarkable villain to reflect that esoteric quality of the island.
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As most teenagers, I had my "Bond movies phase", renting and watching every movie from Sean Connery through Lazenby, Moore, Dalton and now Brosnan. Even so, I had never read one of Ian Fleming's books, prejudicialy dismissing them as childish and poorly written. After ten years, I found "Doctor No" in a used-books store, and since I made the mistake of thinking this was, like in the movies, the first book of the series, I bought it.
In "Doctor No", James Bond, after a bad mission and spending some time in a hospital, is given a kind of "vacation mission" in Jamaica. He has to discover what happened to the local stationed british secret agent, who is reported missing. When Bond gets there, he is driven towards Crab Key, a misterious island owned by Julius No, a tall, bald maniac for privacy and who is hiding things from jamaican administration.
To my surprise (and showing I was wrong in my prejudices), Fleming is a good writer who can hold the reader's attention at most times. It's just a pity that I didn't begin the series with the first book, "Casino Royale", to see how Fleming developed his writing style, characters and plots while writing the books.
Other surprise was to compare Bond in the books with Bond in the movies. Bond in the books was more human and credible, even to the point of throwing up after moments of extreme tension. Other characters are interesting as well, like nature girl Honey Rider and Bond's friend Quarrell. I also liked to meet again characters like M and Q. Doctor No, though, as everything related to Crab Key island, is a little too fantastic for my taste, but, from the information I gathered, "Doctor No" is Fleming's most "exotic" and implausible book.
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I first met James Bond when this book came out in paperback, and I was immieditly hooked on his adventures and life, I quickly got all of the previously released books and was further immersed in Ian Fleming's wonderful creations. His writing has always. been so precise and was able to immediately paint a picture in my mind of what was happening. I devoured the earlier books and then I saw a preview of a new movie coming out. DR, NO!!!

Now all these years later I find the same experience as I did in 1960, and I was rather disappointed that the series was not available for the Kindle, until now!!

If you have only followed the movies as I know so many have, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you purchase these books and read them in the order that they were published as they cover in sequence 12 years in the life of the greatest SPY who ever lived.

You will be transported back in time to the cold war very vividly and quite realistically described all without dragging down the story. You will also meet the man James Bond, a very loyal and caring person with a very dirty job that had to be done,

I have had the greatest pleasure over the years and have visited several or the Pubs and places described in this to me wonderful series of books.

Annually and sometimes more than that, I read the series again. I have tried to pickup a book later in sequence to just read that one story again and after about 2 chapters I put it done and dive in once again to the series,

I hope you can find at least a large part of the wonderful experience I have and continue to have with Dr. No and all of the other classic work by Ian Fleming.
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