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Live and Let Die (James Bond) Paperback – October 16, 2012
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About the Author
After the war he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home “Goldeneye,” he wrote a book called Casino Royale—and James Bond was born. The first print run sold out within a month. For the next twelve years Fleming produced a novel a year featuring Special Agent 007, the most famous spy of the century. His travels, interests, and wartime experience lent authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler described him as “the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.” Sales soared when President Kennedy named the fifth title, From Russia With Love, one of his favorite books. The Bond novels have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide, boosted by the hugely successful film franchise that began in 1962 with the release of Dr. No.
He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only son Caspar, went on to become the well- loved novel and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Fleming died of heart failure on August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot is straightforward: someone is smuggling gold coins into the US and the British Secret Service wants to find out who. M sends Bond to America, where he hooks up Felix Leiter to pursue the nefarious Mr. Big, a gigantic Haitian who works for SMERSH and uses voodoo to maintain his control over his minions. Bond, of course, succeeds, but only after much death, suspense, and sexual tension with Solitaire, his delicious female companion.
I would rank "Live and Let Die" in the second-tier of Bond novels, along with "From Russia, With Love" and "Moonraker." It doesn't quite reach the level of such absolute masterpieces as "Doctor No," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," or "You Only Live Twice," but it's certainly superior to such relatively weak entries as "Goldfinger," "Casino Royale," and the disastrous "The Man with the Golden Gun." All in all, a classic Bond thriller.
Bond is darker, less suave than the movie version, and it comes out in this dark novel. It's actually has more to do with the movie For your eyes Only than LIVE AND LET DIE. There's an ocean motif in this one, lots of sharks and underwater perils.
Vivid and exciting. good stuff
In LALD Fleming remains true to the prospectus for his Bond novels that he presented near the end of "Casino Royale." In my review of that book, I noted that Fleming "does not focus on actual spying, but on the threat that causes it. `The business of espionage could be left to the white-collar boys. They could spy and catch the spies. He would go after the threat behind the spies, the threat that made them spy.' Fleming's Bond is not Le Carre's Smiley: Bond, his apparent intellect notwithstanding, is out to eliminate the threat, not the spying."
And so, in LALD, Bond finds himself in New York City investigating a Harlem-based crime figure and apparent tool of the fictionalized Soviet counterintelligence organ, SMERSH. (That fact is pretty much all you'll read of SMERSH in this novel.) "Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The language left a little to be desired as its a clear remnant of our racist past but the story is quick exciting and gripping..Published 7 days ago by Michael A. Cipoletti
A very entertaining novel that moves at a very lively pace. The author does a wonderful job of building a suspenseful tale that builds up to an exciting climax.Published 7 days ago by bookman
I have always loved the movies. I can't believe I waited so long to try the books. They are similar in the story plot but the book has plenty of extra details. Read morePublished 11 days ago by James
Classic James Bond 007 novel. Interesting to note differences between this story and movie version, and how at least one scene lifted from this novel and used in For Your Eyes Only... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Scott R. Hettrick
It was fun to read the story when it was conceived after seeing the famous old movie with its famous old soundtrack.Published 27 days ago by John Leo Rigler
I understand why this book was not made into a movie until the franchise was more established. Decent, but nothing more.Published 27 days ago by Steve French
This is not my favorite James Bond story, and it definitely needs to be read differently from the film (of course), but it is fun, nonetheless. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin Grosshans