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Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
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The best of the Bond books so far, for me. The opponents are more believable. The bad guys are nasty and brutish and would rather shoot or stab you quickly than sit you down and talk you to death about how they're the greatest criminal mastermind in the world and soon everyone will find out mwahahaha.

Tiffany Case is also the most appealing Bond girl so far. Of course she's going to fall into Bond's arms - that's what she's there for - but she gives as good as she gets for most of the book and although she IS kidnapped, it's just to kill her and not an easy plotting method to get Bond captured as well in rescuing her (which is what happened in all three previous books).

Bond himself is more likeable. Although he'll never lose the misogyny that's his trademark, here that are at least no quips about the "sweet tang of rape" etc. In fact he wants to settle down with Case - and hhis questions about how well she can make a Sauce Bearnaise shows that he really wants Fanny Craddock in the Kitchen and Bridgitte Bardot in the bedroom.

I'm hoping that the upward trend in quality will continue in From Russia With Love, Bond #5.
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