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For Your Eyes Only (James Bond (Original Series) #8)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  9,076 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
The destruction of a Russian hideout at SHAPE headquarters near Paris; the planned assassination of a Cuban thug in America; the tracking of a heroin ring from Rome to Venice and beyond; for Bond it is just routine. For anyone else - certain death.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 2002 by Viking (first published April 11th 1960)
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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
Richard Derus
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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Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
As with all collections of short stories, the quality varies. Not the strongest collection.
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 ;)
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
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
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
Missy J
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
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!
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
Lee Foust
I always feel dirty for reading these but, every few months I hear that familiar Bond theme in my head and grab the next one in the series. Right now I'm between a novel of madness and a Holocaust novel and I just had to escape for a few light reading interludes to bear the horrors. Forgive me, oh ye gods of high literature.

As usual, in the first story, "View to a Kill," Bond screws up everything but comes out ok anyway. God must be on his side.

"For Your Eyes Only." This one was nicely set up w
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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:
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the indestructible agent who thrives on trouble--both violent and voluptuous--pits his devastating wiles and deadly charm against the most bizarre fiends he's ever encountered in these high-voltage exploits taken direct from the files of
master of murder, mystery, and incredible suspense.

Aahh, you have to love the way the original Bond novels were marketed in the early 1960s...a time of Cold War served with martinis, timeless clothing, and British spies who could swing with t
Benjamin Thomas
A collection of five Bond short stories first published in 1960, three of which have had their titles become the names of Bond films although there is little else in common. Elements of these stories did become parts of the films and four of them also reportedly were adapted from plots of a TV series that never bore fruit. These stories take place between longer Bond missions and are all quite enjoyable. I still prefer the longer novel-length stories where Bond really gets himself into and out 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.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3.5 stars.

I have a soft spot for James Bond. I admit that the Bond in the books is not the Bond on the silver screen, but the books are still enjoyable. Even though these are old, (according to my standards), I find them entertaining.

I had to wonder though at the creativity of the screen writers to go from this, or one of the short stories, to a full blown movie.
The first collection of Fleming's Bond short stories. "From a View to a Kill", "For Your Eyes Only", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity".

A mixed bag. I enjoyed "Quantum of Solace" the most, even though it's the least 'Bond' of the stories. "For Your Eyes Only" the least.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This contains a number of short stories. Some felt like episodes that Fleming wrote to include in other books and never got around to it. Others felt like very short complete stories. Bond has an attitude that didn't make it to the movies, and it comes out here.
LQ (to the max!)
Five short Bond stories. I enjoyed three of them. Hence, 3 out of 5 stars.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, crime
Really enjoyable set of short stories. On the plus side the heavy drinking and descriptive writing; downside - the casual misogyny and racist but hey, it's the sixties.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first collection of short stories in the James Bond series. Whilst many of the titles were used as titles for the films, the film plots have limited connections to the stories here.

From a View to a Kill: A SHAPE agent is mysteriously killed so Bond goes to investigate. It's almost more of a murder mystery as Bond tries to work out who the assassin was and where he came from. It's a decent story with a superbly atmospheric opening sequence.

For Your Eyes Only: Bond is sent on a more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection

The previous book in the series has a problem with focus, since the story continually got stuck in the weeds of details. Since this book is a collection of five stories that are unconnected outside of the character James Bond, story is the focus here. The focus on story helps immensely.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-bond
Not much to say about these five short stories involving the world's most famous fictional spy other than the best story of the bunch was probably "For Your Eyes Only" even though it was less a spy thriller and more Bond as an assassin piece. You won't find anything unexpected really, and Bond is still as suave as ever.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The eighth book published in the 007 series is not a self-contained novel, but rather a collection of five short stories-two of which are kind of shoehorned in and aren't really typical Bond pieces. The first story, "From A View To A Kill", is a pretty decent little Cold War espionage piece. In a well-crafted set piece introduction, a dispatch rider from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe headquarters is ambushed and his documents stolen by Soviet spies. As a result of bureaucratic infigh ...more
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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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