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Doctor No by Ian Fleming
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Jul 10, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: light-reading, young-adult-kids

Not all James Bonds were created equal.

Here's something I'll bet you didn't know--James Bod dies at the end of From Russia with Love. Fleming killed him off because Bond sales were bad and his publisher told him to start a new series.

Then President Kennedy list From Russia with Love among his ten favorite books in an article in Life Magazine. Next thing you know, Bond sales are up and Fleming has to invent a way to resuscitate his recently fallen spy.

So Bond dies of Fugu poisoning at the end of one novel and is kept alive by vigorous mouth-to-mouth by Mathis in the next.

And, to help him recooperate, he is sent to Jamaica on a nothing mission to find out what happened to a missing agent and his secretary. And then he runs headlong into the nefarious clutches of Doctor No.

The story is contrived. The humor is good... but come on, a Bond battling a giant squid with a two-foot spear he made out of a metal pipe!

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message 1: by Vee (new) - rated it 2 stars

Vee Sensational headline reads: President Kennedy resurrects fictional character James Bond from the dead! Thanks for the tidbit.

Steven Kent Glad you enjoyed the review.

message 3: by Vee (new) - rated it 2 stars

Vee I'm about to begin reading/listening to the audio version. This is my first Bond book. A freaking giant squid? Seriously?

Apparently the Bond series is a guilty pleasure for many people even President Kennedy.

Steven Kent It is. The audio books are okay, good reader. I've listened to a few.

If you get the chance, "Casino Royale" and "From Russia With Love" are the best books by Fleming. "Octopussy" is only a short story, but it is a meaningful one... if you can believe it.

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