My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this! I really wish I'd read it earlier. Hard to believe that this is the book that sparked the phenom that is James Bond, and more so that it was first published in 1953. This is a different Bond to the one we've grown up with - he's colder and more intense than we're used to, and being a book, we're privy to more insights than you get in the films. I'm not sure I agree with everything he thinks tho - "He reflected that good Americans were fine people, and most of them seemed to come from Texas" ;)
Of course, there are signs of it's age - attitudes to women are decidedly different to now. Bond refers to Vesper Lynd as "blithering women who thought they could do a mans work". You've got to love it.
All in all - I'm really pleased I finally got round to reading it. A great little spy tale that's decidedly darker than I thought it would be.
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