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For Your Eyes Only

(James Bond (Original Series) #8)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  10,305 ratings  ·  473 reviews
"Bond watched her as she reached the edge of the tables and came up the aisle. It was hopeless. She was coming to meet someone—her lover. She was the sort of woman who always belongs to somebody else. What damnable luck!
Before Bond could pull himself together, the girl had come up to his table and sat down. ‘I’m sorry I’m late. We’ve got to get moving at once. You’re want
Paperback, 182 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published April 11th 1960)
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(A-) 81% | Very Good
Notes: James Bond meets willful women who defy men, hunt men, shame men, lure men and kill men to varying outcomes.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, british, espionage
"Life is a devious business."
- Ian Fleming, "Quantum of Solace"


After having read about 7 of his novels, this was the first set of Fleming short stories I ran into, as I moved up the Bond collection. For Your Eyes Only contains the following stories:

1. From A View to a Kill
2. For Your Eyes Only
3. Quantum of Solace
4. Risico
5. The Hildebrand Rarity

The first three titles would probably be familiar to anyone who has watched more than a couple James Bond films over the last 20 years. The only issue is
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond fans
STORY 1: From a View to a Kill
4 stars
My review is here:

STORY 2: For Your Eyes Only
4 stars
The bread stuck in Bond's throat. Tension was building up in him. In his imagination he could already hear the deep bark of the Savage. He could see the black bullet lazily, like a slow flying bee, homing down into the valley towards a square of pink skin. There was a light smack as it hit. The skin dented, broke, and then closed up again, leaving a small hole with br
David Schaafsma
For Your Eyes Only is the eighth book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy thriller series, a collection of five short stories, "From a View to a Kill," "For Your Eyes Only," "Quantum of Solace," "Risico," and "The Hildebrand Rarity,” all of which had parts to play in various film adaptations. Four of them were originally developed out of plots for a tv series that was never made. I have only somewhat enjoyed aspects of my first time run through each of the Bond books, which haven’t held up for me as ...more
Richard Derus
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25* of five

Wow! What a film. 1981 was quite a year at the movie-house: Arthur, Das Boot, Gallipoli, Chariots of Fire...and this. The movie doesn't follow the book's plot particularly closely, adding stuff from another short story, inventing stuff...but what the hey, why should this one be different?

It's a standard revenge-action-espionage flick. Nothing in space, some stuff underwater that makes some kinda sense, and the best Bondmobile ever: A Citroën 2CV!

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Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a collection of Bond short stories, set in Ian Fleming’s James Bond world of secret agents, super villains and women with colorful names. First published in 1960, this continues the exploration of the character and world building.

From A View to a Kill – Bad guys are sabotaging a British signal and message run (on motorcycles) and Bond investigates and steps in to take care of business. More examples of how Fleming’s Bond was more human, more vulnerable and ultimately more of a hero than
aPriL does feral sometimes
A short story collection!

Several James Bond adventures, with some stories taking place in the forests of Canada, the seas around the Seychelles, and the cafes of France, which show readers Bond can be more than an agent on assignment, although there is that, too. Everybody likes people-watching, including Bond! - especially in observing rich psychopathic men, often indistinguishable from criminals - and having a license to kill is useful at unexpected times! A variety of strong and kept women al
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible to write effective short stories about spies? When I started reading Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only, I thought, "Ho, ho! I can't see where this'll work." In fact, none of the five stories are, strictly speaking, spy stories. No SMERSH, no SPECTRE, and only a couple mentions of the big bad Soviets.

In "From a View to a Kill," James Bond patiently finds who murdered a SHAPE courier by becoming one himself and luring the assassin.

The title story is a plain and simple revenge murder
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun
Having grown up engrossed by the James Bond films (with one or two know which Bonds I mean...), I was curious as to how the original novels would rate. I have come away from my second Fleming fascinated, if not thoroughly impressed. The films accurately capture how scattershot Bond's life is--he hops the globe the same way he breathes, seemingly indifferent. However, the novel far surpasses any film in that we see Bond's logic and internal monologues, complete with banal asides ...more
Jesse A
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
As with all collections of short stories, the quality varies. Not the strongest collection.
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Taken in isolation, the tales in this collection would probably look like shaggy dog stories. There’s some exciting action and amusing observations, but they don’t really add up too much. However looked at together, they do show some interesting things about Fleming’s conception of his lead character. For example: ‘Quantum of Solace’ – which is certainly the most passive Bond tale I’ve come across so far, in that all he does is sit there and listen to a story – sees Bond at the end gripped with ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
The stories are good but dated. James Bond is a first class agent but a complete arse with a deplorable attitude to women (although that is mainly a front as he adores strong women with pluck!).
Outrageous shenanigans in the name of saving the Brits! Enjoyable but ludicrous ;)
Timothy Boyd
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Forget ever James Bond movie you ever saw when you read the books. These are much more a mystery/adventure story. Recommended
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah well like any other short stories collection few are good few are just ok few are plain weird. First three stories have the names which have been used for the movie but they have nothing to with these short stories. Three of the five stories are the ones where Bond does something against some baddie. But two of them are just weird.

Well it's an OK collection and well at least Mr. Fleming tried something new with the character he created. Well if also want to read through Bond series or not th
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
audio w/ebook
superb short stories with Sheena singing on Youtube
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
To commemorate what would have been Ian Fleming's 100th birthday, on 5/28/08, and in anticipation of the latest James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," I recently reread Fleming's 1960 offering "For Your Eyes Only" for the first time in 30+ years. Of the 14 Fleming books featuring the exploits of the world's best-known secret agent, only "For Your Eyes Only" and the author's posthumous "Octopussy" (1966) consist of short stories, and the five collected in this earlier volume are a particularly goo ...more
It was bound to happen eventually during this Bond-a-thon movie/book project of mine. It was bound to happen that eventually there would be a collection of stories that included titles of movies my brother and I haven't (re)watched yet. As I held this in my hand, flipping through it, I panicked. How do I do this? I wondered. Do I read just For Your Eyes Only since that's the movie we most recently watched? And then check the book out again for, say, A View to a Kill? And then again for Quantum o ...more
Rob Thompson
In For Your Eyes Only, the eighth book published in the 007 series, we get a mixture of five Bond short stories. Most of the stories are standard adventures but a couple are more experimental tales. For example Quantum of Solace and The Hildebrand Rarity.

- From A View To A Kill is about the routine life of a spy. It sees Bond on a minor mission which doesn't include world domination.
- Quantum of Solace is a non-spy related story. Bond listens to a story of a disaffected marriage . This gives an
Unlike the previous Bond books, this one is a collection of short stories rather then a novel. It collects five stories all in different locations, but all with similar plots. For the most part I wasn't a fan of these stories. Not much happens in them and some are kind of boring. I only found the title short story interesting.

The short story "For Your Eyes Only" is only one I liked in this collection. I didn't so much like the first part of the story, but I loved the fact that most of the story
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where Fleming’s novels up to this point in the series deal in memorable characters, exotic locations described in cinematic details, and a protagonist who has an almost super-human ability to get himself out of a tight spot, the short stories collected in For Your Eyes Only highlight a number of different qualities in Fleming’s writing. There is, for my money, more tension in the climactic moments of From A View To a Kill and For Your Eyes Only, and even the seemingly unassuming subject matter o ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
As noted before I was young when I read the Bond books and this one (a collection of short stories) made less of an impression on me. I rated it lower as the enjoyment value was (for me) less.

Interesting side note among the titles as well as For Your Eyes Only was: From a View to a Kill a part of which title was used for a movie (Roger Moore) and also Quantum of Solace the movie by that name shares nothing with the story.
Missy J
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
2017 Jamaica Challenge #1: The National Bird of Jamaica is............


On the colorful book cover of this Ian Fleming novel, you can clearly see the bird.
The most beautiful bird in Jamaica, and some say the most beautiful bird in the world, is the streamer-tail or doctor humming-bird. The cock bird is about nine inches long, but seven inches of it are tail - two long black feathers that curve and cross each other and whose inner edges are in a form of scalloped design. The head and crest are bl
Sergei Ter-Tumasov
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ian Fleming - страшный сноб и националист! Как это в политкорректной Великобритании его еще не запретили?! Все немцы, русские, китайцы и латиноамериканцы у него уроды (во всех смыслах этого слова) и, вообще, второй сорт. А англичане обладатели чистой, неразбавленной крови!
А что касается самой книги, то она получилась скучной, длинной (несмотря на то, что это сборник рассказов) и совсем не про шпионов. Если это был эксперимент, то весьма неудачный!
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read these for a book club read, having never read any James Bond books previously. These are stand-alone novellas. I believe if you've seen at least one Bond movie, you won't need any further background. The stories mostly deal with off-the-books or off-duty adventures of James Bond. The plots are fairly simple, but most of the stories still captured my attention. You will have to deal with the sexism of the 60s and the general way in which Bond views women, but it isn't as bad as most books ...more
Brian Poole
For Your Eyes Only took a break from the longer-form plots of the James Bond series to provide a collection of five shorts featuring the famous spy.

“From A View To A Kill” found Bond attempting to unravel the mysterious murder of an allied courier in the outskirts of Paris. In “For Your Eyes Only,” Bond tracked a vicious war criminal to the forests on the U.S./Canada border, where he subordinates his deadly mission to the quest for vengeance of a grieving young woman. “Quantum of Solace” cast Bo
John Defrog
This is the eighth Bond book and the first to be an anthology of short stories rather than a full-length novel. I tried revisiting the Bond books with Casino Royale and I found it didn’t quite work for me, but I came across a clearance-sale copy of this and thought I’d try Bond in a short-story format to see if it worked better. Result: yeah, kind of. Fleming still manages to spend too much time on detailed descriptions of people, places and stuff, and the frankly imperialist/misogynist mindset ...more
From a View to a Kill - 2 stars
For Your Eyes Only - 3 stars
Quantum of Solace - 4 stars
Risico - 3 stars
The Hildebrand Rarity - 4 stars
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: flat-capped
For Your Eyes Only is a collection of short stories by Ian Fleming, featuring the exploits of fictional Secret Service agent 007. The book contains five short stories which rather like the featured novels of earlier work picked up with Bond on a mission and acted like a quick glimpse into his world. It was a great change of pace for the most part and an enjoyable read. The themes that I found to run throughout are that of Justice, revenge and morality. Bond questions his role as an agent and ass ...more
Danny M
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SPY & SUSPENSE READERS
Recommended to Danny by: BOOK CLUB
Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.

Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James

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