Search Results: "Ian Fleming"


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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Scholarly, impassioned and riveting—a dandy corrective to an undervalued legacy and an immersive trip through a vanished era of popular entertainment."
The life and career of a protean figure from Hollywood's early days. Read full book review >

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CASINO ROYALE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 23, 1954

"Very dressy stuff this, but if your tastes are extravagant faites vos jeur and anything will play."
An expensive game of counterespionage is played out in a French gambling casino when Bond, a Secret Service man, is assigned to defeat Le Chiffre Communist agent at the tables. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 1956

"A hard brilliance here."
Hot ice, and another cold proposition for James Bond, secret agent, as he traces a pipeline for diamonds from a mine in French Guinea (where a dentist removes them from the natives' molars) to Las Vegas and the brothers Spang who own the N. Y. House of Diamonds along with some less legitimate enterprises. Read full book review >

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THE IVORY HAMMER by Ian Fleming
Released: June 15, 1964

"Collectors, a growing buyer's and viewer's market, will find this a fascinating way to keep au courant."
Fleming's short story, commissioned especially for this book, is only one of a number of text pieces which alternate with insets of illustrations of "The Year Sotheby's" 1962-1963. Read full book review >

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GOLDFINGER by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 1959

"Superior, in this series, and a pretty dazzling display."
James Bond, whom time doesn't quite mellow, is still a little more subdued than in his last appearance, but no slower as he faces a new opponent — Goldfinger — known to have twenty million pounds of gold bars cached, and suspected as a member of SMERSH- that organization which again threatens world conquest. Read full book review >

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1957

"Violently virile."
James Bond, Britain's gift to the sado-sexual school of crime fiction, and once again the cold chills — and hot thrills- of his activities are balanced off by the deadly and, presumably, authentic background detail on his old opponent — SMERSH — the official Soviet murder organization. Read full book review >

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MOONRAKER by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1955

"For those who liked Casino Royale and Live and Let Live, this is again a violent and virulent type of espionage entertainment."
Another ugly assignment for secret agent James Bond begins with the bridge game in which he is asked to take Hugo Drax, multi-millionaire, national hero, and cheat- Drax whose new rocket, the Moonraker, is to be Britain's assurance against an atomic threat. Read full book review >

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LIVE AND LET DIE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 1955

"Bloodshot."
James Bond, on a trail of revenge from the Casino Royale, is sent to New York to get a line on Mr. Big, a Negro criminal and Soviet agent who is disbursing coins from the pirate Morgan's treasure. Read full book review >

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ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE by Ian Fleming
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1963

"But between Dr. No (on the screen) and that Harvard undergraduate parody- Alligator, he has probably acquired a brand new readership."
A new publisher (making its first hard-cover appearance) for James Bond who has been on what amounts to a sabbatical (routine work), a tracer of his old opponent Blofeld, and the organization he masterminds, Spectre reborn. Read full book review >