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Octopussy and 007 in New York by I Fleming
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Title:Octopussy and 007 in New York
Authors:I Fleming
Info:Penguin Books (2008), Paperback
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Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming



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Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming is the 14th novel featuring James Bond. This was the last published work that Ian Fleming wrote before other authors took to the series.

The book consists of four short stories:
Octopussy – told from the point of view of the villain, Major Smythe who found Nazi gold.
The Living Daylights – James Bond is on a sniper assignment in Berlin. The story concentrates on the boring aspect of being a secret agent
Property of a Lady – A double agent for the Soviet Union received a valuable Fabergé egg and is planning to auction it off.
007 in New York – Bond is sent to New York City to warn an MI6 employee that her new boyfriend is a KGB agent.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming is a collection of four short stories, each one featuring James Bond in some way. One of the theme running throughout these stories, and frankly through the series, is that James Bond doesn’t like killing, but is good at it. Bond struggles with cold blooded murder and even hopes the not completing the mission (by missing) will rid him of his double-0 status.

The character of James Bond does not fit into a short story narrative. Bond is a big character, with big, intercontinental adventures which the format of a short story simply does not play well into. The stories seemed like an outline to something much bigger and were predictable. The movies implemented these stories but they were short scenes, which says a lot.

But we got the recipe for how Bond likes his eggs – so that’s something.

It’s too bad that this book was the last one written by Ian Fleming. The novel is not that good, I simply feel that the James Bond series should have gotten a much stronger finish than two short stories and two outlines for short stories.

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  ZoharLaor | Jul 8, 2017 |
The last of Fleming's Bond books is a posthumous disappointment. 'Octopussy', the first of the two title stories, is told from the point of view of the villain, a sort of anti-Bond, and as such Bond appears relatively briefly. 'The Living Daylights' sees Bond on a sniper assignment in Berlin and it's interesting for the evocation of the mundanity of a spy's life. Ironically, Bond spends the waiting time reading a thriller for stimulation. 'Property of a Lady' and '007 in New York' are little more than sketches or vignettes, with Bond working bread-and-butter assignments with few complications. It's a pity that James Bond's illustrious career fizzled out like this. ( )
  PeterCrump | Apr 6, 2017 |
A collection of four short stories with James Bond as hero. While James is there, in the title story he is only the catalist. The narration was through the eyes of the villain as he told us why his actions in WW II led to Bond's targeting him.

Another story concerns the auction of a Faberge jewelled egg while another has Bond lining up an assassination of a Soviet sniper only to become attracted to her. The last story is Fleming's view of New York through the eyes of Bond as the city was in the early 1960's. ( )
  lamour | Jan 12, 2017 |
I have recently reviewed the first two stories in this collection, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights", under another volume. So I will only give my thoughts here about the added short story, "The Property of a Lady". It's a nice tale, wherein Bond must attend an auction of the Emerald Sphere, a gorgeous, and expensive jewel by Faberge. The goal is to find out who the Russian spy is. It's not a nail bitter, but it is a good read. And it sort of appears in a scene of the movie "Octopussy", though a bit altered. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Apr 17, 2016 |
When I first read through the Bond novels (32 years ago!) I didn't have much time for the short stories. I found them dull and I couldn’t wait to get back to the “real” action of the novels. But, having spent the last eighteen months or so re-reading the entire series of Fleming’s Bond books, the short stories are now among my favorites pieces in the canon.

Those collected here are tight and paced well and provide some sharp focus to the character that is often missing among the later novels.

I love the Le Carre-like character that emerges, especially in stories like The Living Daylights, and the more workaday settings that Fleming uses. Both elements make Bond seem gritty and more realistic than some of the more garish novelistic outings.

I’ll probably select a few of these books to read again at some point in the future, I can’t see myself reading the whole series again, but For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy will be among them for sure.
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  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
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"You know what? said Major Dexter Smythe to the octopus.
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This anthology contains two shorter works only, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights." Please distinguish between it and any editions that also include "The Property of a Lady" or "007 in New York." Thank you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142003298, Paperback)

Whether it is tracking down a wayward major who has taken a deadly secret with him to the Caribbean or identifying a top Russian agent secretly bidding for a Fabergé egg in a Sotheby’s auction room, Bond always closes the case—with extreme prejudice.

This new Penguin edition comprises four stories, including  Fleming’s little-known story “007 in New York,” showcasing Bond’s taste for Manhattan’s special pleasures—from martinis at the Plaza and dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar to the perfect anonymity of the Central Park Zoo for a secret rendezvous.

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For James Bond, British secret agent 007, international espionage can be a dirty business. Tracking down a wayward major who has taken a deadly secret with him to the Caribbean, identifying a top Russian agent secretly bidding for a Faberge egg in a Sotheby's auction room, and more, it's all in a day's work for him.… (more)

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