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The Diamond Smugglers

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  303 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The real-world counterpart to the fantastic James Bond novel Diamonds Are Forever, it centres around an interview with John Collard, a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation (IDSO), as well as the circumstances surrounding their meeting.

Collard explains the IDSO through a mix of examples and history, detailing the corruption and crime that he observed.
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published June 1st 1976 by Amereon Limited (first published January 1st 1957)
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Jan 05, 2015 Walt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
It is strange that this book has a relatively high rating on Goodreads. Nearly all of the reviews are poor. The book says very little about diamond smugglers. It is certainly not the racket the cover describes. There is very little detail, to the point of being useless.

The book is based on a brief interview between Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, and a mysterious former spy turned diamond security specialist in Tangier, Morocco. The writing sounds like the dialogue between two people banteri
Oct 02, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, bond
This novel suffers from being compared to the James Bond series. This is a nonfiction book that discusses England's attempt to shore up its diamond trade during the early fifties. It is a collection of interviews with Mr. Blaize done by Ian Flemming. Fleming provides some of his flair for description, but it is not fully on display. My biggest disappointment after the read is that Diamonds Are Forever wasn't about the illegal diamond trade; it was about gangsters. The settings and the ideas are ...more
Jan 21, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
So what do you do if you cannot get to sleep - yep you guessed it read!
Well this is a remarkably short book but an interesting one - made all the more so by the impending TV series Fleming. Anyway the book, if you were to read it as such it seems a little improbable, a series of conversations, almost reminiscent, about the adventures of John Blaize. It seems that the little "episodes" related by Blaize were a little too extreme, fabrications or exaggerations made up for the story (they are like
Jan 31, 2014 RedSycamore rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
The superior, colonialist attitudes of the 'protagonists' make the book almost unreadable. Useful only as a testament to the fact that, even after WWII, there were still packs of these delusional imperialists running around the globe patting themselves on the back and thinking they still owned the world. Insufferable...
May 11, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Like most Ian Flemming extremely racist and colonial, but still an enjoyable read if your interested to see how the British Empire views the exploitation of the diamond mines.
Apr 10, 2009 Kate rated it did not like it
I didn't think it was possible to dislike diamonds and the diamond trade any more than I do. After reading this book- I really find them revolting.
Mike Jensen
Jun 13, 2014 Mike Jensen marked it as books-abandoned  ·  review of another edition
This is partly my fault. I had the impression that the non-fiction story that potboiler writer Ian Fleming tells here was the background for his novel DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. I learn reading this that he was asked to write THE DIAMOND SMUGGLERS because of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, so the reverse is true. Thus my interest shrank quickly. I nosed my way through the first third of the book, anyway, but eventually realized that it would be nothing but uninspired stories of the apprehension of one diamond ...more
Glen U
Aug 04, 2015 Glen U rated it it was ok
Taking a break from writing his James Bond series, Ian Fleming turned to a non-fiction attempt about diamond smuggling. He tried to write this book incorporating a shadowy anti-smuggling hero, like his famous super spy, 007, but the results are less than riveting. The book is written as anecdotal stories by the diamond expert, but there is no action, no sexy heroines, no super villains. Although interesting, and a virtual time capsule into the late 1950's, it is not recommended except for a hist ...more
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Stephen Gilbert
Jan 17, 2010 Stephen Gilbert rated it it was ok
In The Diamond Smugglers, published in 1957, Ian Fleming mentions a method of dying I've never heard before:

"Piet Willers ... was CDM's [Consolidated Diamond Mines of South-West Africa:] Chief Security Officer. He was an efficient and likeable chap. Although it's nothing to do with the story, he got the job by an extraordinary fluke. The previous Security Chief had been killed by an ostrich. He'd been driving through the desert when one of a flock of ostriches panicked and rushed blindly at his
I'll give it 3.5 stars!

If you are interested in gemstone you'll probably like this narrative story. It's a documentary about how they smuggle diamonds in Africa to different countries, and get away with it. Smuggling diamonds became noted, since they're making millions even a trusted geologists, and a prospect official of De Beer's was lured of easy money.

The De Beer's company hired a special agent: to break the market of Diamond Smugglers, which caused the collapsed of "Diamond Syndicate". In o
Jan 03, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Solid non-fiction with a little less racism and misogyny than the 007 books. This story would also make for a fun movie.
May 14, 2014 Nola rated it liked it
Interesting read. Can't say I enjoy his writing a lot but the story was interesting.
Oct 06, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diamond Smugglers contains a lot of interesting information. However, Fleming failed to turn it into a compelling story. There are several examples of operations against diamond smugglers but nothing really to show how they come together. Overall, The Diamond Smugglers is worth reading because it is interesting and short; just don't expect a great story.
Jan 19, 2009 Shelby rated it did not like it
a poor excuse for a book. Fleming must have been hot property for the publisher to have put this out. its only 150 pages of Fleming's notes from meeting with a guy involved in stopping diamond smuggling in Africa. the stories he relates are not even that interesting and i'd have discarded the book if it was not so brief.
Jul 14, 2013 David rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Fleming's non-fiction account of an intelligence operative to counter diamond smuggling is interesting as a background to his fourth Bond novel, Diamonds are Forever. However, the narrative here is so distant, giving a "cold hard facts" of various cases and very little of the excitement found in the Bond novels.
Teri Heyer
Jun 25, 2013 Teri Heyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ian Fleming fans & anyone who wants to know a bit of history.
Recommended to Teri by: Amazon/Kindle
I just read Ian Fleming's 'The Diamond Smugglers.' This is one of Ian Fleming's two non-fiction books. I read this on my Kindle Fire and lost hours of sleep because I didn't want to stop reading. This is a fast-paced, interesting look at the diamond trade and smuggling during the 1950s.
Kathy Chung
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Interesting but somehow outdated.
Jan 27, 2009 Matthew rated it did not like it
Hard to get into. I had no idea about the problems with diamond smuggling in Africa, so that was interesting.
Conor Mulcahy
Jun 29, 2013 Conor Mulcahy rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
completed. not a great read, but some interesting insights to the smuggling world
Dec 08, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok
High hopes for the most part very pedantic and boring.
Dec 23, 2013 Loralie rated it it was amazing
very cool read
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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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