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Diamonds are Forever : There Is Only One Bond - Ian Fleming

Diamonds are Forever

There Is Only One Bond

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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions.

‘The twentieth century looked out at him from the piece of newsprint and bared its teeth in a sneer’

The Spangled Mob are no ordinary American gangsters. They prey on the addictions of the wealthy and treat the poor as collateral. Their ruthless desire for power and fierce brotherly loyalty make them deadly and invincible. James Bond must go deep undercover in his urgent new assignment: to destroy their millionaire masterminds, Jack and Seraffimo Spang. But the Spangs' cruel influence is everywhere, from dusty African diamond mines to the frenzied gambling dens of Las Vegas. Can Bond find his men before his cover is blown?

From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino,... Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the a ruthless gang, the Spangled Mob, in Fleming’s fourth 007 adventure.

About the Author

Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before working in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write twelve other Bond books as well as two works of non-fiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have sold over sixty million copies and earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler who called Fleming ‘the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England’ and President Kennedy who named From Russia with Love as one of his favourite books. The books inspired a hugely successful series of film adaptations which began in 1961 with the release of Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Fleming was married to Anne Rothermere with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964.

"A first-rate thriller but above all, it's a terrific novel" -- Jonathan Kellerman

James Bond

James Bond is the son of Andrew Bond a Scot of Glencoe. His mother was Monique Delacroix a Swiss. Both his parents were killed in an accident in the Aiguilles Rogues when he was eleven years old. James had travelled extensively with his parents and by this time was fluent in both French and German.

He went to live with his erudite and accomplished aunt Miss Charmian Bond at Pett Bottom, near Canterbury, Kent. She sent him to Eton but his aunt was asked to remove him after only a short time when some "alleged" troubles with one of his maids came to light; he was twelve at the time. He then went to Fettes College, Edinburgh. After this he briefly attended the University of Geneva. It is interesting to note that the author Ian Fleming also attended these same schools.

In 1941 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served throughout the Second World War and left the Royal Navy in 1945 with the rank of Commander.

James Bond, who was given a 00 prefix to his agent number 7, (the 'double-oh' prefix indicates his discretionary licence to kill in the performance of his duties) undertook his first missions in 1946 (as recounted in Casino Royale 1953.)

There have been numerous short stories and books written about this agent’s activities. Ian Fleming first brought Bond to the wider audience. He named 007 after an American ornithologist James Bond (author of Birds of the West Indies) and the character's early exploits were based partly on the true activities of an actual British agent Lieutenant Commander Patrick Dalzel. After Fleming’s death further adventures have been written by Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Chalie Higson. The Ian Fleming books are:

From Russia With Love is credited with sparking the Bond craze when US President John F Kennedy listed it as one of his favourite books.

James Bond Books

1953 Casino Royale
1954 Live and Let Die
1955 Moonraker
1956 Diamonds Are Forever
1957 From Russia With Love
1958 Dr No
1959 Goldfinger
1960 For Your Eyes Only
1961 Thunderball
1962 The Spy Who Loved Me
1963 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1964 You Only Live Twice
1965 The Man with the Golden Gun
1966 Octopussy and The Living Daylights

The films to date (2005) and the actors who portrayed Bond are

1962 Dr No - Sean Connery
1963 From Russia With Love - Sean Connery
1964 Goldfinger - Sean Connery
1965 Thunderball - Sean Connery
1967 You Only Live Twice - Sean Connery
1967 Casino Royale - David Niven
1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - George Lazenby
1971 Diamonds Are Forever - Sean Connery
1973 Live and Let Die - Roger Moore 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun - Roger Moore
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me - Roger Moore
1979 Moonraker - Roger Moore 1981 For Your Eyes Only - Roger Moore
1983 Octopussy - Roger Moore
1983 Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery
1985 A View to a Kill - Roger Moore
1987 The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton
1989 Licence to Kill - Timothy Dalton
1995 Golden Eye - Pierce Brosnan
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies - Pierce Brosnan
1999 The World Is Not Enough - Pierce Brosnan
2002 Die Another Day - Pierce Brosnan
2006 Casino Royale - Daniel Craig
2008 Quantum of Solace - Daniel Craig
2012 Skyfall - Daniel Craig

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Ian Fleming

Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in Green Street in London on 28th May 1908. He died, aged 56, on 12th August 1964 at Sandwich in Kent.

He was educated at Eton College and then abroad in Germany and Austria. After an early career at Reuters news agency, he became a stockbroker. During World War 2 he worked throughout as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets.

Following the war he became foreign manager, in charge of foreign correspondents, for Kemsley newspapers, owners of the Sunday Times and other papers.

In 1952 he wrote his first thriller, Casino Royale, and introduced James Bond, agent 007 to the world. He published a further thirteen James Bond titles before his death at a relatively young age.

He married Anne Rothermere in 1952 and in August that year his only son, Caspar, was born. While convalescing from his first heart attack in 1962, he wrote a short story about a flying car for Caspar - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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ISBN: 9780099576037
ISBN-10: 0099576031
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 309
Published: 4th October 2012
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.23