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Octopussy & The Living Daylights : James Bond 007

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY SAM LEITH Octopussy * The Property of a Lady * The Living Daylights * 007 in New York `This was going to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder' Four classic moments in the life of a spy. From avenging the wartime murder of a friend to sniper duty on the East-West Berlin border, James Bond's body, mind and spirit are tested to their limits.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 8mm | 106g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009957702X
  • 9780099577027
  • 47,083

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"Mr Fleming is the best thriller writer since Buchan." * Evening Standard * "Ian Fleming traces the intricacies of counter-espionage with all the efficient authority of 007's own secret reports" * Sunday Times * "A brilliant gem!" * Publishers Weekly * "Admirers of James Bond will be glad to have them to add to their collection" * Sunday Telegraph * "Stories which, in their fascinated pouring on things - guns, techniques, foodstuffs - remind us that it is the mastery of the world of things, rather than people, that gives Fleming his peculiar literary niche" -- Anthony Burgessshow 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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Octopussy * The Property of a Lady * The Living Daylights * 007 in New York When Ian Fleming quit Naval Intelligence in 1945 he had a plan – to write the spy story to beat all spy stories. And so the world got the hero it had been waiting for – James Bond. ‘This was going to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder’ Four classic moments in the life of a spy. From avenging the wartime murder of a friend to sniper duty on the East-West Berlin border, James Bond’s body, mind and spirit are tested to their limits. ‘Mr Fleming is the best thriller writer since Buchan’ Evening Standard See also: Casino Royaleshow more

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"A brilliant gem!"show more

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