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On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming (1963)

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Bond penetrates the stronghold of Spectre chief Blofeld disguised as a herald. Being a herald, I enjoyed the concept. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 6, 2015 |
Of all the Bond books, I think I like this one the most. The movie with Sean Connery was great & it blended in my mind perfectly with the book. I guess it's the romantic streak in me that made it so hard hitting. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
A very interesting book. First Fleming I've read. 007 one agent of the British secret spy service with no respect for America. There is a 006 mentioned who is a former commando and looking out for office girls to seduce. The book was published in the same year that Kim Philby defected to the USSR and after Gary Francis Powers was shot down and presumably still in a Russian prison. Fleming talks about some of the false propaganda which the CIA released following Powers' shoot down such as the plane had been sabotaged and the plane's self-destruct mechanism had been, maybe, set off by Powers himself. Therefore pilot error, and not CIA spying was responsible for the plane being over Russia. Actually Powers said that the self-destruct mechanism didn't destroy the film he had been taking and the Russians were able to see what he had been surveilling. Very bad work by the CIA. If the Russians didn't have the film, Powers could have been released sooner. As it was, the Russians knew we had secret powerful cameras which could see from high altitudes. One of the reasons 007 is given the mission in this book is to avoid disclosure of similar situation intelligence capabilities. Bond, here, is a gambler (not a good recreational habit as it makes for being open to bribes and becoming a double agent) and uses his winnings to supplement his meagre pay (another well known tool to entice traitors). Fleming begins by portraying Bond as an international Philip Marlow but then transforms him into an adventurer who stumbles upon (Russian) conspiracies to unleash weapons of mass destruction. Bond is conscious of his immoral actions at times but justifies them as in the service of the country and crown. Bond is originally from the Scottish highlands. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Jun 28, 2014 |
An unexpected turn for Bond, which is interesting in itself. It's also a lot more entertaining than the preceding few books. ( )
  comfypants | Aug 12, 2013 |
Another solid Bond entry. This one of course it's famous for having the one and only Bond marriage scene. Shocking as the ending is (and you know it from the movie unless you've been living under a rock for the last few decades), I could not for a moment visualize Bond as a son in law to a mafia don. The scenes between Bond and Marc-Ange are actually my favorites, although it's another one of Bond books that would not be published today because of the decidedly anti-feinist message. Everything you loved about the movie is even better in the book and there's much more depth to the material. Not to be missed for a Bond fan. ( )
  MashaK99 | Jun 11, 2013 |
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It’s one of the best Fleming-penned Bond adventures
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Summary: Agent 007 is sent to the Alps to track down one of the world's most dangerous criminals, Ernst Stavros Blofeld, who is developing weapons in his Alpine mountain base that could threaten the whole world.

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