Diamonds are Forever
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Diamonds are Forever

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Enter Bond fan territory with one of Fleming's best loved stories.

`The twentieth century looked out at him from the piece of newsprint and bared its teeth in a sneer'

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 in Fleming's fourth 007 adventure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 234g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099576880
  • 9780099576884
  • 19,315

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"A brilliant story that maintains the promise of an extremely clever introduction"
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"The remarkable thing about this book is that it is written by an Englishman. The scene is almost entirely American and it rings true to an American. I am unaware of any other writer who has accomplished this" -- Raymond Chandler "James Bond is one of the most cunningly synthesized heroes in crime fiction" * Observer * "A brilliant story that maintains the promise of an extremely clever introduction" * Manchester Evening News * "Once again Ian Fleming has brought it off" * Birmingham Post *
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About Ian Fleming

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.

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