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The Living Daylights

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  378 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
James Bond is in Berlin battling the KGB's most deadly assassin. Cold tense nights, exotic weapons, a very unhappy M, and a surprising romance--it's all in a day's work for master spy 007 James Bond. Anthony Valentine reads with a cool, assertive tone and a familiar accent that are entirely right as Bond.
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Published June 28th 1994 by DH Audio (first published June 1st 1962)
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Richard Derus
Aug 14, 2013 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

Again a reminder that the 1987 film is what I'm reviewing, not the Fleming story.

Ye gods and little fishes. That's some uninteresting Bond-age. Fell asleep twice. Bratislava? Vienna? Can anyone tell the difference? The plot's very much as always, and that's not a problem if the series has its hooks into you. But the problem with this film is the 1980s-ness of it. What was wit in 1967 is sarcasm in 1987. What was seductive in 1967 is sexual harassment in 1987.

Highlights: this f
Heather Clitheroe
Jun 05, 2011 Heather Clitheroe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
For a first introduction to Ian Fleming, it's surprisingly cogent. The character of James Bond isn't new to me - both the James Bond of old and the newer, rawer version found in Daniel Craig. But this is a more considered James Bond to be found in Ian Fleming's writings - one who isn't entirely satisfied with his work, whose head is, yes, turned by pretty women, but who takes a tranquilizer to sleep the day before an assassination assignment. This is a James Bond I can like.

And bravo to the Peng
Aedan Lake
Feb 26, 2011 Aedan Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two neat little stories - the first Bond short stories I have read, and rather good too. Unusual missions in both stories ("The Living Daylights" and "From a View to a Kill") with a focus on waiting, watching, and drinking until the enemy shows his hand. Fleming's Bond is particularly snobbish and dismissive here, as he muses on life, nature, the awfulness of Berlin, the awfulness of Paris, how disappointing French women are, the time that he lost his virginity and his note-case ...more
Mark Easton
While James Bond translates naturally from the page to film, there's something in Fleming's writing, a brisk but stylish veneer, that the films fail to capture, stripping Bond's elegance and his encyclopaedic and intimate knowledge of drinks and guns, and replacing them with a singular taste for dry martinis and Walther PPKs.

Given the continual and frequent production of Bond films, reading the Living Daylights is something of a magic tonic. Not only does it show Bond as the discriminating, hard
Nov 30, 2014 John rated it liked it
With this, I finish all of the original James Bond stories. Fleming is at best not a great writer, and he really only likes two things (Jamaica and describing luxury items that Bond is wearing/driving/etc.). This was a collection of short stories that didn't work nearly as well as the other set (For Your Eyes Only), but that are better than most of the "late" books (which are really just short stories anyways).
Rafal Kudlinski
Jun 11, 2015 Rafal Kudlinski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say.... Huge KUDOS to screenwriters of the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights". Movie is very insightful,story is way better told and action keeps you glued to the tv screen for way over 2 hours. Skip this really poor JB story and watch the movie. The Living Daylights is my all time favourite James Bond movie and this story is something I wish I never read...
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James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.
Jul 04, 2011 Bookstorequeer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spy-thriller
This was great! I've never read a Bond book or short story but this mini-collection made me want to. Fleming's writing is a pleasure to read and the stories are very exciting! Bond is the epitome of an action hero and this offering from Penguin does not disappoint.
Fred Voon
A glimpse and taste of the original Bond. What struck me in these two stories was the women: (a) they appear only to be desired, and so only the desirable ones matter (b) they (the desirable type) are Bond's singular weakness.
Sep 05, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Love James Bond, but I think I love the movies more. The writing and plot were great, but just something was missing. Still good, and I'll be updating the rest of my backlist shortly.
Sep 19, 2009 Krista rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Very cool little story. It goes much more into James Bond as a person than "Octopussy" did. Short and sweet...well, for a sniper story.
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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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