Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Rory Kinnear, a renowned theatre actor, won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performances as Angelo in Measure for Measure and the title role in Hamlet, and gained an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode. His TV credits include Count Arthur Strong, Lucan, Women in Love and Black Mirror, and he played Bill Tanner in the Bond films Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
"Tense; ice-cold, sophisticated." ( The Evening Standard)
"Don’t blame me if you get a stroke." ( The Observer)
"This is an ingenious affair, full of recondite knowledge and horrific spills and thrills." ( The Times)
"The second adventure of his Secret Service agent fully maintains the promise of his first book…containing passages which for sheer excitement have not been surpassed by any modern writer of this kind." ( Times Literary Supplement)
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By Jessica on 01-05-15
Great writing, Bond as a human!
I'm a bit late to the party, but having grown up with the Bond films I decided to try one of the books. After finding the first one (Casino Royale) hugely enjoyable, I downloaded five in quick succession. Fleming is a great scene setter, and the action is a little slower (and more realistic) than in the films. Each book is read by a different narrator, but so far I haven't had a duff one. The books are far better st showing you the character of Bond - in the books he is far more human (he gets tired, and feels pain) whist (in the cinematic equivalents) he was often reduced to a 2D wisecracking lothario. Great reading a voice acting by Rory Kinnear. Would definitely recommend.
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By Michael on 23-09-13
A product of its time
Nicely performed and written. Rory Kinnear sounds a little condescending but JB is not a boy scout. He is a cold blooded killer who is very professional and lucky. He gets hurt, he feels pain and he has ambition. He is human, something the movies seem to only touch on as they need Bond to have sex. A little hard if you don't feel. Yes this book is dated in language and attitude, but it was written back in 1954. I am so glad they didn't update the language as it would be all wrong. Would be nice to see Ian Fleming's James Bond novels made into a TV series set in the 1950s without all the stupid gadgets and over the top explosions.
By Todd on 19-05-13
A decent read to pass the time
Ian Fleming's second 007 novel is probably not the most intense or action-packed of his repetoire, but it is a fairly enjoyable read. Bond's investigation into illegal currency trafficking leads him into a culture entrenched in voodoo superstition.
Rory Kinnear does a great job of narrating the story. His crisp British tones are perfect for the story and he brings Bond to life superbly. His voicework for Mr Bigg's goons is a joy to listen to, however his attempts at American accents are terrible and thankfully infrequent.
One thing this audiobook has done is instill in me an incentive to get the next in the series. I've always been a huge fan of the Bond films, but never read the books. While it is hard to listen to the story without thinking of the films that were based on them, they are worth the time.