Ian Fleming The Bond Files Volume 1

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The Bond Files Volume 1

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9780739490266: The Bond Files Volume 1

An excellent introduction to the western world's most famous spy. Most of the western world knows James Bond only as the womanizing, gadget-happy British secret agent with the impossibly adventurous lifestyle, but if that's all you're expecting to find in these pages, author Fleming explodes your preconceptions with a welcome dose of deliciously insightful melancholy right from the first sentence of the first book: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." He includes plenty of modern-day swashbuckling, objectification of women, and some gadgetry (though not as much as in the movies) through all three novels; but book-Bond is definitely darker than movie-Bond, at least in the tales in this volume. If Bond objectifies and uses women, it's because he has learned that in the end they are traitors: they betray him and the ideals he holds sacrosanct. In fact, the only people Bond really appears to be at all close to throughout the trilogy are his American counterpart Felix Leiter and his boss M. His relationship to M is quite the throwback to days gone by, or perhaps to days that never were in real life. In our modern climate of job dissatisfaction coupled with highly volatile employment, many readers will have trouble relating to the perfect, unspoken trust between manager and employee in the "Moonraker" club sequence.

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