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Live and Let Die : James Bond 007

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'You start to die the moment you are born' Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming's second 007 novel, takes Bond from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 20mm | 235g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099576864
  • 9780099576860
  • 32,959

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"Speed...tremendous zest...communicated excitement. Brrh! How wincingly well Mr Fleming writes" -- Julian Symons The Sunday Times "Containing passages which for sheer excitement have not been surpassed by any modern writer of this kind" Times Literary Supplement "A shark's hold on a helpless read" Scotsman "Don't blame me if you get a stroke" Observer "Pulse-quickening" Telegraphshow more

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. www.ianfleming.comshow more

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"A sharkâs hold on a helpless read"show more

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When Ian Fleming quit Naval Intelligence in 1945 he had a plan â to write the spy story to beat all spy stories. And so the world got the hero it had been waiting for â James Bond. âYou start to die the moment you are bornâ Live and Let Die, Ian Flemingâs second 007 novel, takes Bond from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates. âSpeedâ¦tremendous zestâ¦communicated excitement. Brrh! How wincingly well Mr Fleming writesâ Julian Symons, Sunday Times See also: Moonrakershow more

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