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For your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
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Aug 16, 2011

really liked it
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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: Following the murder of a pair of British ex-pats in the Caribbean - who happen to have been friends of M - Bond is asked to ensure that the culprits are punished.

Quantum of Solace: This is actually one of my favourite Bond stories purely for the novelty value. Bond finds himself the final guest following a dinner party held by the Governor of Jamaica. Although the two men have little in common, a glib remark by Bond leads the governor to recount an amusing anecdote about a cuckold husband and his adulterous wife.

Risico: Bond is ordered to sever the pipeline of narcotics entering the country and a meeting is arranged with the CIA’s contact. Following the meeting, Bond is given the name of the man behind the whole operation on the condition that the man is permanently removed from the equation. When Bond finally makes contact, things appear to be more complicated than he has been lead to believe.

The Hildebrand Rarity: Bond is hired by an arrogant rich American to assist in hunting down a rare fish that the collector has promised the Smithsonian as part of a tax break. During the course of the expedition, Bond encounters the man’s charming wife and the sting ray tail that the husband uses to beat her.
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