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Dr. No (1958)

by Ian Fleming

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Series: James Bond (6)

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Knew this would be really dated, in both behavior (drinking and smoking for every occasion) and attitudes, especially towards women, but wasn't expecting the blatant racism. Ended up barely skimming the last half of the book. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
The second of two Bond books I read on the beach in Cancun over the holidays this year. Sadism and over the top racism carry the day here. The dialogue seemed a bit better than usual in this one, however, and Honey Rider has to be at the top of any Bond girl list. I think it's important to remember that these books were written in the 1950s and they were pretty groundbreaking at the time, so comparing them to modern espionage fiction in likely unfair (though you can put early LeCarre up against anything today and it cuts them to shreds). Much fun as always! ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 3, 2016 |
This is yet another winner in the James Bond celebrity performances series of audiobooks which has the Ian Fleming originals read by different theatrical and screen actors.
Hugh Quarshie is the narrator for Dr. No which was the 6th in the original series but the first of the big screen film appearances. Quarshie is a UK-based stage and screen actor and is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He does an excellent job on all of the various accents and voices required here, particularly bringing Bond's allies Cayman Islander Quarrel and Jamaican Honeychile Rider to audio life. Of course he gets to be both James Bond as well as megalomaniacal foe Dr. No also.
Highly recommended if you want to revisit the original series, which is much more down-to-earth than the antics of the later films would suggest. ( )
  alanteder | Feb 5, 2015 |
M called this case a soft option. Bond can't quite agree. The tropical island is luxurious, the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No...The doctor is a worthy adversary, with a mind as hard and cold as his solid steel hands. Dr. No's obsession is power. His only gifts are strictly pain-shaped. ( )
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  Tutter | Dec 31, 2014 |
Bind is sent to Jamaica to look into the disappearance of two people --it is supposed to be an easy job, but brings him afoul of Dr. No. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 28, 2014 |
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Fleming, Ianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borelli, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Punctually at six o'clock the sun set with a last yellow flash behind the Blue Mountains, a wave of violet shadow poured down Richmond Road, and the crickets and tree frogs in the fine gardens began to zing and tinkle.
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Year - 1958
Tease - The diabolical Doctor No, "You have both put me to a great deal of trouble. Now I intend to put you to a great deal of pain." With a fiendish smile, Doctor No taunted his prize captives - the brilliant agent James Bond and the beautiful blonde Honeychile. The unlucky pair had discovered the closely guarded secret of Crab Key Island. Now they must suffer the penalty. Doctor No had planned his maze of tortures carefully. Each was a harrowing test of endurance, strength and courage. He'd waited a long time for the perfect victim. Now - he had two of them.

Villain - Doctor Julius No, is half Chinese and half German. He is six foot six inches tall. Bald with a skull like face, jet black eyes and no eyelashes. His heart is located on the right side of his chest. A cruel and authoritative mouth and receding chin. He also does not have hands, only pincers. When he walks, he gives the appearance of gliding.

Bond-Girl - Honeychile Rider, a blonde with deep blue eyes under lashes 'paled by the sun' Wide mouth and a jaw line that is 'determined'. A face that fends for herself but a very naive island girl. She has a broken nose which was caused by a former lover. Bond compares her to Botticelli's Venus. She never had formal schooling but has read the encyclopedia.

Minor Characters - Quarrel, M, Major Boothroyd, Playdell-Smith, The Three Blind Chigroes

Plot - Beaming radio waves to U.S. rockets to misguide them.

Highlights - Bond's night time ordeal with a deadly centipede, Crab Key, Dr. No's obstacle course and giant squid confrontation.

Opening Sentence - Punctually at six o'clock the sun set with a last yellow flash behind the Blue Mountains, a wave of violet shadow poured down Richmond Road, and the crickets and tree frogs in the fine gardens began to zing and tinkle.

Trivia - The plot of Doctor No was lifted from a failed TV project called "Commander Jamaica." It had a character named James Gunn who was investigating an island in the Caribbean, where criminals were deflecting the paths of rockets from Cape Canaveral.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142002038, Paperback)

James Bond travels to the Caribbean to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a secret service team. As he uncovers the astonishing truth about strange energy waves that are interfering with U.S. missile launches, he must battle deadly assassins, sexy femmes fatales, and even a poisonous tarantula. The search takes him to an exotic tropical island, where he meets a beautiful nature girl and discovers the hideout of Doctor No, a six-foot-six madman with a mania for torture, a lust to kill, and a fantastic secret to hide.

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M called this case a soft option. Bond can't quite agree. The tropical island is luxurious, the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing. But they are both part of the empire of Dr No. His obsession is power, and his gifts are pain-shaped.

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