From Russia with Love: WITH Dr. No
The arrival of James Bond in Modern Classics at last acknowledges Fleming's remarkable place in British fiction. The creator of an entire genre and the inventor of the most widely recognised figure in British literature since Sherlock Holmes, Fleming has a presence and flair now denied to most other writers of the 1950s. These three novels show Fleming at his peak - it would be hard to argue whether "Rosa Klebb", "Dr No" or "Goldfinger" have greater grandeur or repulsiveness - with three plots ofderanged implausibility and many of the dazzling set-pieces that made the early films so memorable.
- Paperback | 640 pages
- 128 x 194 x 30mm | 421.84g
- 04 Apr 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
About Ian Fleming
Born in London in 1908, Ian Fleming worked variously as a banker and journalist before serving in the British Naval Intelligence during World War II. He published his first novel CASINO ROYALE in 1953 and thus started the astoundingly successful James Bond novels and films. Fleming died in 1964.
Our customer reviews
There is something deliciously comforting about the beginning of each Bond novel. Familiarity actually heightens one's appreciation of the plot. We become immersed in the bizarre personality of Bond's adversary, are given the background to a politicio-economic threat that, 50 years distant, it's easy to slip into. I'm not too sure, even today, whether Fleming is a natural home for female readers. They are much more chauvinistic than even the weaker carbon movies. I'm not sure Fleming would have cared. The three novels collected in this volume are undoubtably the finest. Consistently gripping, the plots entertain and provide the field to test Bond to the limits of his skills and endurance. Rarely can we find comparable enemies depicted with such enduring menace. Dr No is silky meglomania, Goldfinger a rational gambler able to manipulate heavy odds in his favour. If this is your first Bond read, jump in head first - if you're a veteran with a lengthy abstinence and a poor memory, put away your sceptism as Bond needs a partner - what good is it if you defeat HM's enemies and no one knows about it...?show moreby david hannon