Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories (James Bond - Extended Series #8 and 14)
Many of Ian Fleming's short stories have been the inspiration for the extremely successful James Bond film franchise, and included in this collection are such stories as Octopussy, The Living Daylights, and For Your Eyes Only. The title story, Quantum of Solace, lends its name to the upcoming James Bond film, slated to release in Fall 2008. This collection will be publishe...more
I'm not sure what's suggested by this, but the two best stories in the collecti ...more
I was raised with James Bond in the pop culture background, and it's interesting to read the original source. All the short stories here are enjoyable but at the same time it's crap.
The beauty of 'James Bond' is more important than the actual literature by Ian Fleming. But saying that I have ...more
Most of the stories follow Bond as he carries out a di ...more
Some are a bit humorous and flimsy, others are hard-hitting. If you're just sampling Bond, this might be it, or it might be one to skip. If you're going for the series it's of course a must and I'd read it in the order of publication.
I will say that it's nice seeing how different this story is fr ...more
That I truly enjoyed these short adventure gems of Mr. Bond in service to Her Majesty came as quite a happy surprise. Decidedly, I am not a fan of the Bond films (although I adore some scenes and marvel at the stunt-fest opening Albert Broccoli committed to film over his years of producing the franchise installments) and have had only limited exposure to Ian Fleming, having read Thunderball as a youngster. (And after nearly fifty-years, that is of no real value at all).
To a greater or lesser de ...more
Fleming's 007 should not be confused with the Bond of the silver screen. Readers looking for gadgets or shootouts or wild car chases will be disappointed. Most of these short stories are suspenseful, but not particularly action-oriented. And, in some, Bond is nothing more than a pass ...more
Bond says he wouldn't mind having a flight attendant girlfriend because "...it would be fine to always have a pretty girl tucking you up and bringing you drinks and hot m ...more
I suppose I could turn this into one of those really clever academic deconstructions of the bond c ...more
This is a collection of the Ian Fleming shorts stories.
All of them are very good, and it gives a good look at the "Book" Bond.
Several of the stories have elements that found their way into the Bond films.
Highly recommended for all Bond fans!
From a View to a Kill: 4 stars. Top-notch action, definitely kept me in suspense, and left me wanting to know more about the bad guys. I would not be surprised if this were an aborted novel. It seemed to have room for development, but perhaps Fleming was not in the right mindset to finis ...more
"From a View to a Kill" is a really good read! Super cool rose bush hiding place! And Bond on a motorbike!
"For Your Eyes Only" sees M at his most personal, and dare I say vulner ...more
In many ways, the literary Bond is quite different from the film Bond, and liking one doesn't necessarily mean one will like the other. Bond on film is the Bond I know best. He is charming, abrasive, over-the-top, and bullets bounce of him. The literary Bond acts more how a spy should act-- unseen, more human and thoughtful, good with the ladies, but with more misogyny. If you thought the Bond from the films is ...more
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Still, it’s a decent selection of stories and probably the best introduction to the Bond series that you’ll get, which is a bit of a shame because this is one of the last Ian Fleming b ...more
The basic plot of each story is hidden behind spoiler tag, even though I have not given away the endings.
"From a View to a Kill" - (view spoiler)[Bond investigates the mystery of a missing dispatch rider in France. (hide spoiler)]
"For Your Eyes Only" - (view spoiler)["M" sends Bond on a personal mission to avenge the deaths of two British nationals in Jamaica. (hide spoiler)]
"Quantum of Solace" - (view spoiler)[At a dinner party, Bond makes an offhand comment about marria ...more
Ian Fleming is very dry. I had to drag myself through this book. After the first couple of stories it became work to finish the book. There are some movie titles you might recognize:
A View to Kill
For Your Eyes Only
Quantum of ...more
I have liked most all the movies based on his novels since I first saw Gold Finger while I was in high school. I had never read Ian Fleming, which of course Scottish born DH had. I didn't want to be left behind, so when I saw Quantum of Solace on special at Audible.com, and read this publisher's summary, I had to get it. About 8.5 hours long, Quantum of Solace is a compilation of several short stories. I listened to one each night before sleeping.
Narrator, Simon Vance, d ...more
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 ...more