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For Your Eyes Only (James Bond (Original Series) #8)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,274 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
This audiobook includes five short stories featuring the inimitable James Bond.

When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, Agent 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style. Stories include
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Coronet books (first published January 1st 1960)
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond fans
STORY 1: From a View to a Kill
4 stars
My review is here:

STORY 2: For Your Eyes Only
4 stars
The bread stuck in Bond's throat. Tension was building up in him. In his imagination he could already hear the deep bark of the Savage. He could see the black bullet lazily, like a slow flying bee, homing down into the valley towards a square of pink skin. There was a light smack as it hit. The skin dented, broke, and then closed up again, leaving a small hole with br
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.25* of five

Wow! What a film. 1981 was quite a year at the movie-house: Arthur, Das Boot, Gallipoli, Chariots of Fire...and this. The movie doesn't follow the book's plot particularly closely, adding stuff from another short story, inventing stuff...but what the hey, why should this one be different?

It's a standard revenge-action-espionage flick. Nothing in space, some stuff underwater that makes some kinda sense, and the best Bondmobile ever: A Citroën 2CV!

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Feb 13, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible to write effective short stories about spies? When I started reading Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only, I thought, "Ho, ho! I can't see where this'll work." In fact, none of the five stories are, strictly speaking, spy stories. No SMERSH, no SPECTRE, and only a couple mentions of the big bad Soviets.

In "From a View to a Kill," James Bond patiently finds who murdered a SHAPE courier by becoming one himself and luring the assassin.

The title story is a plain and simple revenge murder
Jul 22, 2012 Handan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
Having grown up engrossed by the James Bond films (with one or two know which Bonds I mean...), I was curious as to how the original novels would rate. I have come away from my second Fleming fascinated, if not thoroughly impressed. The films accurately capture how scattershot Bond's life is--he hops the globe the same way he breathes, seemingly indifferent. However, the novel far surpasses any film in that we see Bond's logic and internal monologues, complete with banal asides ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
The stories are good but dated. James Bond is a first class agent but a complete arse with a deplorable attitude to women (although that is mainly a front as he adores strong women with pluck!).
Outrageous shenanigans in the name of saving the Brits! Enjoyable but ludicrous ;)
Benjamin Thomas
A collection of five Bond short stories first published in 1960, three of which have had their titles become the names of Bond films although there is little else in common. Elements of these stories did become parts of the films and four of them also reportedly were adapted from plots of a TV series that never bore fruit. These stories take place between longer Bond missions and are all quite enjoyable. I still prefer the longer novel-length stories where Bond really gets himself into and out o ...more
Seth Skorkowsky
Apr 14, 2016 Seth Skorkowsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
After the horror-show that was Goldfinger, I was a little leery about starting another Bond novel. The overall ridiculousness, misogyny, and racism was pretty hard to stomach. But I figured I’d give it another go with Bond’s 8th book. This one is a collection of 5 short stories and I was curious to see how they fared compared to the novels. I’m happy to say that it blew them away.

The stories are extremely varied, ranging from vendetta killings to chasing down Italian drug lords.

A View To a Kill
Oct 01, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flat-capped
For Your Eyes Only is a collection of short stories by Ian Fleming, featuring the exploits of fictional Secret Service agent 007. The book contains five short stories which rather like the featured novels of earlier work picked up with Bond on a mission and acted like a quick glimpse into his world. It was a great change of pace for the most part and an enjoyable read. The themes that I found to run throughout are that of Justice, revenge and morality. Bond questions his role as an agent and ass ...more
May 21, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the previous Bond books, this one is a collection of short stories rather then a novel. It collects five stories all in different locations, but all with similar plots. For the most part I wasn't a fan of these stories. Not much happens in them and some are kind of boring. I only found the title short story interesting.

The short story "For Your Eyes Only" is only one I liked in this collection. I didn't so much like the first part of the story, but I loved the fact that most of the story
Danny M
Oct 07, 2012 Danny M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SPY & SUSPENSE READERS
Recommended to Danny by: BOOK CLUB
Oct 21, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken in isolation, the tales in this collection would probably look like shaggy dog stories. There’s some exciting action and amusing observations, but they don’t really add up too much. However looked at together, they do show some interesting things about Fleming’s conception of his lead character. For example: ‘Quantum of Solace’ – which is certainly the most passive Bond tale I’ve come across so far, in that all he does is sit there and listen to a story – sees Bond at the end gripped with ...more
Jan 11, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the indestructible agent who thrives on trouble--both violent and voluptuous--pits his devastating wiles and deadly charm against the most bizarre fiends he's ever encountered in these high-voltage exploits taken direct from the files of
master of murder, mystery, and incredible suspense.

Aahh, you have to love the way the original Bond novels were marketed in the early 1960s...a time of Cold War served with martinis, timeless clothing, and British spies who could swing with t
It was bound to happen eventually during this Bond-a-thon movie/book project of mine. It was bound to happen that eventually there would be a collection of stories that included titles of movies my brother and I haven't (re)watched yet. As I held this in my hand, flipping through it, I panicked. How do I do this? I wondered. Do I read just For Your Eyes Only since that's the movie we most recently watched? And then check the book out again for, say, A View to a Kill? And then again for Quantum o ...more
Oct 28, 2015 LQ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five short Bond stories. I enjoyed three of them. Hence, 3 out of 5 stars.
Oct 07, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midway through Ian Fleming's run of James Bond novels he published this set of 5 short stories, and it's a welcome deviation. The stories are well written, and two of them, Quantum of Solace and The Hildebrand Rarity, are a departure from the typical Bond adventure and are quite interesting. In all five, Bond is in situations for different reasons than the typical Bond novel, and in doing so Fleming sheds a new light on his main character. Themes of justice and morality are explored, something w ...more
Rick Brindle
Jun 16, 2014 Rick Brindle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought this collection of short stories highlighted how James Bond of the novels, and possibly Ian Fleming as well, were hanging on to an old world where Britannia ruled and women did what men told them to do. But his books were best sellers, so maybe a lot of people thought like that at the time.
Anyway, From a View to a Kill is a short spy story about assassinations and stealing secrets. Bond of course saves the day.
For Your Eyes Only takes us to Canada where Bond acts as assassin, and of co
The first collection of Fleming's Bond short stories. "From a View to a Kill", "For Your Eyes Only", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity".

A mixed bag. I enjoyed "Quantum of Solace" the most, even though it's the least 'Bond' of the stories. "For Your Eyes Only" the least.
Jun 06, 2014 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This contains a number of short stories. Some felt like episodes that Fleming wrote to include in other books and never got around to it. Others felt like very short complete stories. Bond has an attitude that didn't make it to the movies, and it comes out here.
Greg Z
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In "Quantum of Solace", one of five short stories here, Bond has an after-dinner business meeting with an elderly bachelor. Both sit on a sofa and Bond feels the atmosphere is "feminine". Bond moves to a separate chair. Both uncomfortable, the elder man tells a story of a marriage gone wrong in which things do not end well at all, especially for the wife. Bond and the bachelor seem to 'bond' over the story. But Bond ultimately feels terrible about the entire evening. In a subsequent story, Bond ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, crime
Really enjoyable set of short stories. On the plus side the heavy drinking and descriptive writing; downside - the casual misogyny and racist but hey, it's the sixties.
Apr 19, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy, short-stories
I enjoyed this collection of James Bond short stories very much. Three of them feature as titles (titles only really) in recent full-length 007 movies; Quantum of Solace, For Your Eyes Only and From a View to a Kill. I enjoyed each story as they offered different view points on James Bond's Life. Quantum of Solace was especially interesting as Bond only appears really as an interested listener; a visitor to the British diplomats house in Bahamas and hearing a story about a married couple. Defini ...more
Rob Thompson
In For Your Eyes Only, the eighth book published in the 007 series, we get a mixture of five Bond short stories. Most of the stories are standard adventures but a couple are more experimental tales. For example Quantum of Solace and The Hildebrand Rarity.

- From A View To A Kill is about the routine life of a spy. It sees Bond on a minor mission which doesn't include world domination.
- Quantum of Solace is a non-spy related story. Bond listens to a story of a disaffected marriage . This gives an
Feb 08, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first short story compilation book for Bond and Fleming is very much a mixed bag.
There are two types of stories being told here, espionage plot driven stories and twisted romantic character studies. The latter surprisingly the more effective of the two.

There are 5 stories in this collection.
From a View to a Kill. For Your Eyes Only. Quantum of Solace. Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity.

From a View to a Kill is lazy, bog standard Fleming. Bond is sent to investigate the murder of a French agent
Sean McBride
Fleming goes in a whole new direction here. The is only one story in this collection which Bond actually preforms his duties as a secret agent. Every other story is what he's doing in his spare time, which is actually kind of a nice departure. You get to see him a bit more relaxed than he usually is, but there is still a measure of stiffness, and of course his trademark chauvinism. It's an interesting character study that a person like this, who is in danger every day of his career, would seek o ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, blow me down if the short story format hasn't breathed new life into James Bond. The last two Bond books (Dr No and Goldfinger) had been pretty terrible - cliched, plodding, repetitious of early books in the series - but this short story collection has really revived my interest in the character and the series.

One of the problems with Fleming's books - and this has been apparent right from Casino Royale - is that he finds it very hard to create enough plot to fill the books and so situati
Steve Mitchell
Aug 16, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond returns once again, this time around instead of a novel Ian Fleming’s eighth helping is a collection of short stories. If you have tried to read a Bond novel and found it not to your liking, I would suggest that you give these a go.

From a View to a Kill: A British army motorcycle dispatch rider is murdered on his way to NATO headquarters. Unconvinced that this was not a serious breach of security and anxious to protect MI6’s assets, M instructs Bond to investigate.

For Your Eyes Only:
Jun 30, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The eighth book published in the 007 series is not a self-contained novel, but rather a collection of five short stories-two of which are kind of shoehorned in and aren't really typical Bond pieces. The first story, "From A View To A Kill", is a pretty decent little Cold War espionage piece. In a well-crafted set piece introduction, a dispatch rider from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe headquarters is ambushed and his documents stolen by Soviet spies. As a result of bureaucratic infigh ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories that has, so far, provided the titles to three films - the plots of which, of course, bear no resemblance to the plots of the stories whose titles they share. 'A View to a Kill' sees Bond helping out NATO in France (before France left the organisation), when a dispatch rider carrying secret documents is found murdered. It's all a cunning ploy by Soviet spies, who have set up a secret post in a nearby wood. Fleming apparently has a problem with acronyms: he thinks SH ...more
Kevin Rubin
For Your Eyes Only is a book of a few short James Bond stories, some of which have titles recognizable from the movies but aren't related otherwise.

Several take place at the waning days of the British Empire with Bond investigating things in remote parts of the empire with regional governors telling him about "the natives" even as their own power is diminishing.

In "A View to a Kill" he investigates a spy ring intercepting the allies' motorcycle couriers, turning himself into the bait for them on
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To commemorate what would have been Ian Fleming's 100th birthday, on 5/28/08, and in anticipation of the latest James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," I recently reread Fleming's 1960 offering "For Your Eyes Only" for the first time in 30+ years. Of the 14 Fleming books featuring the exploits of the world's best-known secret agent, only "For Your Eyes Only" and the author's posthumous "Octopussy" (1966) consist of short stories, and the five collected in this earlier volume are a particularly goo ...more
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two
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James Bond (Original Series) (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Live and Let Die (James Bond #2)
  • Moonraker (James Bond, #3)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond, #4)
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  • Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
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