Thunderball, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

“It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.” SMERSH, the Soviet spy organization that was the main villain in the early Bond books, has died an alarmingly sudden, anticlimactic death. Based on an actual organization whose name was coined by Josef Stalin himself, SMERSH had been officially shuttered in 1946, long before … More Thunderball, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

For Your Eyes Only, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

“Never send a man where you can send a bullet.” Unlike the previous James Bond books by Ian Fleming, For Your Eyes Only is a collection of five short stories, not a single adventure (two of the stories, “Quantum of Solace” and “The Hildebrand Rarity” had been previously published in Cosmopolitan and Playboy, respectively). Elements of the stories … More For Your Eyes Only, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

James Bond in From Russia With Love: Book vs. Movie

President Kennedy himself professed to be a big fan of the novel From Russia, With Love–including it in his ten favorite books. The film adaptation was the last movie he ever saw, as he had it screened in The White House just before his fateful trip to Dallas. Untimely death aside, that seal of approval helped … More James Bond in From Russia With Love: Book vs. Movie

From Russia With Love, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make bored.” Following the somewhat lackluster novel Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia, With Love nicely sets everything right in the world of James Bond. Following the events of that diamond-smuggling adventure, James Bond has found himself living ‘the soft life.’ Work has been slow and he’s been keeping … More From Russia With Love, by Ian Fleming: Book Review