Ian Fleming: For your eyes only



Ardess wife was unfaithful to him and surprise had been one of the supposedly boring attendees at the dinner that vening Pretty charming story For Your Eyes Only is the story of Bond doing a favor for his boss M whose friends the Havelocks have been killed by an O Colégio de Todos os Segredos ex Gestapo officer von Hammerstein who had wanted to buy a Jamaicanstate They are killed by two Cuban hitmen who hide out with von Hammerstein Vermont until Bond and the Havelocks daughter Judy who is an March Violets (Bernie Gunther, expert marksman show up Judy resisting Bond s suggestion that such killing is man s work kills von Hammerstein with her bow and arrow and Bond takes care of the gunmen who subseuently injure Judy and then you know Bond takes care of Judy in the way that only Bond seems to be able to doThe stories are surprisingly well done and serious literaryfforts and I ll look forward to reading of them from Fleming 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 Much shorter than Zoete tranen expected and nothing like the movie That s not a bad thing necessarily The book takes the theme of vengeance seriously and it s nice to see a shtbag get his comeuppance at the hands of a woman who has trained herself up in a specific skill seta kill set if you willfor the sole purpose of getting revenge Bond is of a male chauvinist thanver but the Bond Girl is a righteous badass and shows him up properly Rating 325 of fiveWow What a film 1981 was uite a year at the movie house Arthur Das Boot Gallipoli Chariots of Fireand this The movie doesn t follow the book s plot particularly closely adding stuff from another short story inventing stuffbut what the hey why should this one be differentIt s a standard revenge action Water Music espionage flick Nothing in space some stuff underwater that makes some kinda sense and the best Bondmobilever A Citro n 2CV from Wikimedia on a Commons licenseSo yeah being a little sarcastic there but this film brings out the snark in me Simon Templar does his smirking best as Bond The man s just about as sexy as beans on toastBut the reason I watched it again after not liking it in the theater in 1981 a horrible year in my life which probably had a lot to do with my response is the fact that this is Bond as a SPY An actual Revived espionage agent It s refreshing to see after the previous decade sndless progression of villain fighting That got tedious Carole Thingummy as Melina was meh but the story was involving and less superhero suspend all disbelief ye who Student Research Projects in Calculus enter here and so a big relief to seeSheena Easton sang For Your Eyes Only another ubiuitous Bond theme It was wearing after a while but it was memorable I suppose modern audiences desensitized by the horrors of hoop pup andlektronika and suchlike nonmusic will feel that way about Adele s blah forgettable Skyfall Bah She s better than thatOh yeah For Your Eyes Only Decent if only just and worth a rental Life is a devious business Ian Fleming uantum 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 stories1 From A View to a Kill2 For Your Eyes Only3 uantum of Solace4 Risico5 The Hildebrand RarityThe first three titles would probably be familiar to anyone who has watched than a couple James Bond films over the last 20 years The only issue is they are only BARELY if at all recognizable They share the title with the films but that is about it And that isn t a bad thing I rather njoyed the three movies but the stories here are for me nuanced than most of his books and all of his movies Fleming is xperimenting a bit He is upping the literary and dialing down a bit the adventure Not so it isn t recognizable They are still all Fleming novels and ALL James Bond stories But they ach in different ways bring a bit of humanity into the Bond collectio. Re’s only one thing you can be sure of the result will be thrilling And whether he’s dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America the destruction of an international heroin ring or sudden death in the Seychelles Bond gets the job done In his own suave and unmistakable style.

Is it possible to write ffective 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 assassinThe title story is a plain and simple revenge murder at M s behest of a gangster who killed two dear old friends of his in JamaicaMy favorite story is uantum of Solace in which 007 finds out from the governor of the Bahamas why it is not such a great idea to marry an airline stewardessRisico finds Bond trying to help the Americans nail a European drug dealer A Heart of Stone except that thenemy turns out to be an 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 xploration of the character and world buildingFrom 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 xamples of how Fleming s Bond was human vulnerable and ultimately of a hero than in the films For Your Eyes Only Some friends of M are murdered in Jamaica and Bond is sent over to produce some frontier justice Fleming mixes things up on the way Bond meets an attractive and dangerous femme fatale uantum of Solace The most intriguing ntry as this is not really a Bond story Bond listens to a domestic tale of betrayal and reprisal Told in the style of W Somerset Maugham Fleming stretches his narrative skillRisico Bond tackles a drug crime lord in a setting and style that made me think of the 1989 Bond film License to Kill starring Timothy Dalton as BondThe Hildebrand Rarity An unusual side story Bond is not on a mission but rather finds trouble while on holiday and gets sideways of a Hemingway hero a boorish American tycoon with anger issues and a pretty wifeMore Bond fun from Ian Fleming for fans STORY 1 From a View to a Kill 4 starsMy review is here 2 For Your Eyes Only4 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 suare 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 bruised dges The bullet ploughed on unhurriedly towards the pulsing heart the tissues the blood vessels parting obediently to let it throughIn this short story Bond is called into M s office He knows something is wrong because M is addressing him as James instead of 007 It turns out that M s friends a couple living in Jamaica have been viciously murdered M is very hesitant to send Bond out on the case because M doesn t want to be seeking revenge He wants to seek justice But he s unsure if he is being objective He asks Bond s opinion Bond says Bond said These people can t be hung sir But they ought to be killedAgain I adore the sweet relationship between M and Bond They respect Divertimento each other Bond obeys M without uestion and M values Bond s opinion Bond doesn t obey M or like M because he has to because M is his boss but instead because he respects M and thinks M is a strong reasonable man who works hard to defend BritainThis is another book where Bond must overcome his reluctance to murder people Even though he knows that Von Hammerstein is a bad man who has had many people killed and isx Gestapo Bond has no dog in this fight It s asier although still not asy for Bond to kill people he has seen do Promise at Dawn evil things or who have hurt him personally forxample Goldfinger This story focuses on how Bond has to psych himself up to kill. Bond watched her as she reached the dge 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 lse What damnable luck Before Bond could pull himself together the girl had come up to his table an.

These Bangkok Wakes to Rain evil men He knows they arevil but has never met them and has never personally seen them do anything The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery evil Bond did not like what he was going to do and all the way from England he had to keep on reminding himself what sort of men these wereThat s why it s a good thing the woman showed upEven though Bond complains to nond about how she s ruining his concentration how she s a burden how he has to focus on the mission blah blah blah she s actually a great impetus for him to kill Darkmere everyone he s supposed to kill There s nothing that motivates Bond than having someone to protect and defend Especially if it s an attractive young ladySo who is she Judy view spoilerHavelock She is the murdered couple s 25 year old daughter She is in the woods like Bond to murder von Hammerstein hide spoiler Having grown upngrossed by the James Bond films with one or two Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? exceptionsyou 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 and notes of the local atmosphere andnvirons something sadly lacking on the silver screen As well go figure Hollywood ratcheted the sex appeal than a few notches at best in the novels Bond glances at a girl and analyzes her Any reference toward sexual activity is merely hinted and left to the reader s imagination While the story never captured my attention Hollywood does a cleaner job of connecting all the dots of and tying them all back to one super villain Bond novels may become my summer reading of choice A short story collectionSeveral 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 than an agent on assignment although there is that too Everybody likes people watching including Bond Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den 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 also cross Bond s path in these stories some of whom For Your Eyes Only is theighth 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 uantum 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 Scraps Of The Untainted Sky enjoyed aspects of my first time run throughach of the Bond books which haven t held up for me as well as the fun films some of the plots are over the top goofy and the villains are cartoony he takes time to reveal racism and sexism that are difficult to but I was happily surprised to discover that The Eric Carle Gift Set each of these stories was satisfying sometimes revealing fictionalxperimentation On the while the prose is lean and punchy as it almost never is in the novels Yes there re Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century expert cold blooded killings and unbelievably beautiful women but the cartoonish nature of the same in the novels is largely gone Fleming the writer takes over from Fleming thentertainer uantum of Solace is very unusual in what I have read thus far in Fleming written as an homage to Somerset Maugham whose story His Excellency Fleming admired It is basically a dinnertime story told to Bond of a civil servant Philip Masters whose life was ruined by his marriage to stewardess Bond bored by his dinner party companions had joked that if he might marry at some point it would be to a stewardess who might wait on him at his beck and call His companion in his cautionary tale reveals what became problems for another man whose stew. D sat down ‘I’m sorry I’m late We’ve got to get moving at once You’re wanted at the office’ She added under her breath ‘Crash dive’Sudden mergencies and beautiful girls who aren’t uite what they seem and are the stock in trade of James Bond And when 007 is on the case the.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name 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 & CoFleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond