Devil May Care : James Bond: The Collection

  • by Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by Jeremy Northam
  • Series: James Bond: The Collection
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Popular Fiction Award, 2009.
Nominated for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2008.This new instalment in the adventures of the world's most iconic spy has been written by one of Britain's most admired novelists, Sebastian Faulks."My novel is meant to stand in the line of Fleming's own books, where the story is everything." said Faulks, "In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling."Picking up from where Fleming left off in 1966 with The Living Daylights / Octopussy, Faulks has written the perfect continuation of the James Bond legacy. Devil May Care is set during the Cold War and features all the glamour, thrills and excitement that one would expect from any adventure involving Bond... James Bond. 007 is a registered trade mark used under license from Ian Fleming Publications ltd.


What the Critics Say

"Jeremy Northam's accents intensify the book's 1960s atmosphere nicely, but we soon realise that there is purpose as well as fun here. The Iran-set novel reminds us of how much damage our colonial past has done to our present. Its evil mastermind had a scheme to saturate British cities with heroin, and another to acquire The Times and other newspapers to destroy the credibility of British politics. Older, less lascivious, and beginning to creak at the joints, Bond is feeling his years. But he is still a man of infinite resource and sagacity and now likes pepper - cracked, not ground - on his scrambled eggs." (The Times)


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Devil May Care (Unabridged)

Fantastic book, and having only ever watched Bond movies (and being a great fan of them) I was delighted with this book - it was true Bond and with the excellent narration, it almost made me miss my bus stop several times I was so involved in the story. The pace was great and I could truly imagine all the great Bonds in the role and more realisticaly Bond was showing his age in 1960's London but still managed to show what he was capable of in the worst of situations (typically far-fetched in Bond fashion but then that is true Bond). My only regret is that the book finished too soon, it was so easy to listen too.
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- Katharine Murray

Then again he may not

The story is quintessential Bond, in fact so much so that you recognise scenes lifted from earlier stories albeit the movies rather than Fleming's novels. They're pasted together in a fairly workmanlike manner with no anticipation other than to see if you've correctly guessed the outcomes. You have.

It's lightweight and farcical but entertaining enough. Howevert - given that my expectation was high - a huge disappointment. There was an opportunity here to reboot the Bond franchise but what we get is just an old boot.
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- D. Carver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-05-2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd