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  1. Jayson Jayson says:

    A 81% Very Good NotesJames Bond meets willful women who defy men, hunt men, shame men, lure men and kill men to varying outcomes.


  2. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Life is a devious businessIan Fleming, Quantum 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 stories 1 From A View to a Kill2 For Your Eyes Only3 Quantum of Solace4 Risico5 The Hildebrand RarityThe first three titles would probably be familiar to anyone who has watchedthan a couple James Bond films over the last 20 years The only issue iLife is a devious businessIan Fleming, Quantum 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 stories 1 From A View to a Kill2 For Your Eyes Only3 Quantum of Solace4 Risico5 The Hildebrand RarityThe first three titles would probably be familiar to anyone who has watchedthan 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 enjoyed the three movies, but the stories here are for menuanced than most of his books and all of his movies Fleming is experimenting 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 each, in different ways, bring a bit of humanity into the Bond collection


  3. Carmen Carmen says:

    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 square 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 br 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 square 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 edges The bullet ploughed on, unhurriedly, towards the pulsing heart the tissues, the blood vessels, parting obediently to let it through.In 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 killed Again, I adore the sweet relationship between M and Bond They respect each other Bond obeys M without question 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 Britain.This 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 is ex Gestapo, Bond has no dog in this fight It s easier although still not easy for Bond to kill people he has seen do evil things, or who have hurt him personally for example, Goldfinger This story focuses on how Bond has to psych himself up to kill these evil men He knows they are evil, but has never met them and has never personally seen them do anything 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 were.That s why it s a good thing the woman showed up.Even though Bond complains to no end 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 everyone he s supposed to kill There s nothing that motivates Bondthan having someone to protect and defend Especially if it s an attractive young lady.So who is she Judy view spoiler Havelock She is the murdered couple s 25 year old daughter She is in the woods, like Bond, to murder von Hammerstein hide spoiler She has a bow and arrow Bond nicknames her Robina because she reminds him of Robin Hood She has blonde hair and grey eyes She is fierce and I really like her She gets the drop on James Bond not once but twice TWICE She s good Very kick ass First, she sneaks up on him without him realizing and has a weapon pointed right at him before he can do anything about it The second time, he s reaching for his gun in what he believes is a subtle manner , but she s on to him and has her weapon trained on him before he has time to draw.How does Bond repay her Well, he calls her bitch a lot three times in a 44 page story.Here we need to explore yet another one of James Bond s problems This is what I call JAMES BOND CONUNDRUM 2This is a disparity between what James Bond says he wants in a female, and indeed, actually believes that he wants, and what type of female James Bond actually is interested in romantically Not sexually, because let s be honest he ll sleep with almost any woman he meets between the ages of 18 and 35.This is what James Bond believes he wants in a woman servile, obedient, docile This is what James Bond actually responds best to wild, fierce, capable of defending herself, familiar with and comfortable in the wilderness which Bond loves so much, or familiar with the brutal reality of crime, intelligent, and willing to fight to protect what s her s and avenge herself and others.I ve seen it time and time again When James Bond is presented with a woman who meets his alleged criteria he is bored And although he ll have sex with this woman, and be in a relationship with her for anywhere from two weeks to two months, he will quickly tire of her and the relationship will come to an end But the women who Bond ends up loving, caring about, wanting to marry, respecting as much as Bond can respect a woman and consequently, the ones who seem to also excite him the most sexually are the ones who are worldly in some way.So, to sum up, even though Bond calls Judy bitch a few times in this book, and curses her overwhelming need and determination to view spoiler avenge her parents death by murdering von Hammerstein hide spoiler , he actually is quite impressed and enchanted by her He loves the fact that she is armed and deadly He loves that she knows so much about the wilderness that she can move through it undetected He loves that she is comfortable with being in nature and roughing it This woman, or I should say, this type of woman is the type of woman that makes James Bond s heart beat faster From the minute he sees her in her tattered, ragged shirt and trousers, with blood and sweat on her face and arms, and her quiver of shining arrows he s smitten One of the positive things I can say about James Bond s views on women and trust me, there s not a long list is that he absolutely has no concept of slut in his mind He could learn anything about a woman s past and it would be fine with him The only women he considers whores are women who actually physically take money in exchange for sex Over the years, we have seen him develop relationships with women who run the gamut in regards to previous sexual partners In this story, while talking to Bond in the forest, Judy confesses that view spoiler she had sex with a high ranking police official in order to get information about von Hammerstein hide spoiler Bond has absolutely no reaction He doesn t judge her or condemn her or even say anything in the way of comforting her I didn t expect him to He knows how the world works, and as I mentioned in my previous paragraph, he appreciates a woman who does, too Not to mention the fact that I think he finds it very admirable that she s obviously gone through great lengths to view spoiler avenge her parents deaths hide spoiler Cubans are the ones who are reviled and slurred against in this story.MOVIE I adore grateful men So do I, Countess LOL The movie does not have much in common with the story Only that Melina view spoiler Havelock has murdered parents, vows revenge, and uses a bow and arrow hide spoiler In both there is a henchman named Gonzales Both the book and the film quote the same Chinese proverb However, they borrow the climatic finale of the book Live and Let Die for this film It s in LALD when Bond is stripped and bound to a naked female and they are dragged through the reefs to make shark food It s interesting that they stuck that in here I like that Moore always plays Bond as a gentleman.STORY 32 starsQUANTUM OF SOLACEA story in which Bond listens to a story about love and marriage told by a Governor James Bond said I ve always thought that if I ever married I would marry and air hostess Indeed, said the Governor in the polite, controlled voice that Bond prayed might relax and become human Why Oh, I don t know I would be fine to have a pretty girl always tucking you up and bringing your drinks and hot meals and asking if you had everything you wanted And they re always smiling and wanting to please If I don t marry an air hostess, there ll be nothing to it but marry a Japanese They seem to have the right ideas, too Bond had no intention of marrying anyone If he did, it would certainly not be an insipid slave.Emphasis mine.The excellent Craig movie has absolutely no relation to the story.STORY 4 RISICO1 star See my review here 5 THE HILDEBRAND RARITY2 starsThis and Quantum of Solace is a rare deviation from Fleming s normal routine Bond is not on assignment He does not face any danger I file James Bond books under mystery but they are reallyadventure type books, are they not This one strayed a bitinto mystery territory Bond is asked by a millionaire to come help him search for fish Bond is in Africa Well, islands off the coast of Africa.Bond loves nature and he loves the outdoors In this story, out swimming among the fish and getting sunburned and looking at the stars Bond is in his element Of course, he s bored as he always is when Her Majesty is not using him as a weapon against her enemies But he is in the environment he loves most the great outdoors.The millionaire, Krest, is a real beast He beats his wife with a whip made from stingray tail and he aggressively berates both Bond and Bond s friend Fidele, who is a Seychellois Creole Bond is very angry with the man, and simmers in silent fury during their trip together He does not enjoy seeing the beautiful Liz Krest cower and cringe before her husband And he hates hearing her screaming in the night as she is brutally beaten But Bond does nothing Much like a cop, he knows better than to get involved in domestic affairs.I was really hoping Bond would murder Krest But I knew that would never happen They best I could hope for was for Bond to punch Krest in the face.In the end, view spoiler Bond comes to deck to find Krest dead, the fish he was searching for stuffed into his mouth Bond suspects both Liz and Fidele, even though it seems clear to me that the woman did it I guess Bond suspects Fidele as well because he is Creole and Bond thinks they have hot tempers And Krest was needling him pretty hard Liz offers to sail with Bond on the yacht for a few days Bond thinks she may be a murderer, but he accepts without hesitation As I have said before, Bond respects people who defend themselves and he understands when people do what they have to do to survive no matter how ugly If she did murder her husband, Bond actually would respect her a lot.Bond cleaned up the murder He cleared all evidence and threw the body overboard He says it s because he didn t want to be caught up in a police investigation But I know it s because he hated Krest and thought he deserved what he had gotten hide spoiler One of the most disturbing things about this book, though, was the way it portrays domestic violence While Bond hates Krest and thinks he is the lowest scum, he also blames Liz for what is happening in her marriage She probably likes it masochist.Or How could a girl have so little guts Or was it that women could take almost anything from a man Anything except indifference Ugh Excuse me while I go vomit in the corner Overall, a fun book of short stories about James Bond I enjoyed For Your Eyes Only the most out of the collection I think Bond is better andenjoyable in full length novels because you get a better plot, a better relationship between Bond and the woman of the book, and you get an actual villain who is fun and off his rocker But I liked seeing little vignettes about Bond s life Ian Fleming is a good author.Extra Bonus This is James Bond s First Conundrum, written after I had read GoldfingerJAMES BOND CONUNDRUM 1An interesting psychological aspect to this novel is James Bond s dichotomy between his rich tastes, and his need for simplicity and hard work James Bond loves rich food, alcohol, smoking, and he has very expensive tastes in everything However, there is another side of him the side that loves the outdoors, loves roughing it in the wilderness, hates 5 star hotels, hates mansions, and really in fact dislikes rich people It s fascinating to see how these two seemingly irreconcilable parts of Bond come together to make a whole He is at least partially aware of this and it gets discussed in this book a little bit.We see it again here, too, most notably in For Your Eyes Only and The Hildebrand Rarity.


  4. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    For Your Eyes Only is the eighth 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, Quantum 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 enjoyed aspects of my first time run through each of the Bond books, which haven t held up for me as For Your Eyes Only is the eighth 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, Quantum 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 enjoyed aspects of my first time run through each 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 each of these stories was satisfying, sometimes revealing fictional experimentation On the while, the prose is lean and punchy as it almost never is in the novels Yes, there re 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 the entertainer Quantum 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 stewardess wife was unfaithful to him, and surprise had been one of the supposedly boring attendees at the dinner that evening 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 ex Gestapo officer, von Hammerstein, who had wanted to buy a Jamaican estate They are killed by two Cuban hitmen, who hide out with von Hammerstein Vermont until Bond and the Havelocks daughter, Judy, who is an 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 subsequently injure Judy, and then, you know, Bond takes care of Judy in the way that only Bond seems to be able to do.The stories are surprisingly well done and serious literary efforts, and I ll look forward to readingof them from Fleming


  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3.25 of fiveWow What a film 1981 was quite 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 different It s a standard revenge action espionage flick Nothing in space, some stuff underwater that makes some kinda sense, and the best Bondmobile ever A Citro n 2CV from Wikimedia on a Commons Rating 3.25 of fiveWow What a film 1981 was quite 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 different It s a standard revenge action espionage flick Nothing in space, some stuff underwater that makes some kinda sense, and the best Bondmobile ever 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 toast.But 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 espionage agent It s refreshing to see, after the previous decade s endless progression of villain fighting That got tedious Carole Thingummy, as Melina, was meh but the story wasinvolving and less superhero suspend all disbelief ye who enter here and so a big relief to see.Sheena Easton sang For Your Eyes Only, another ubiquitous Bond theme It was wearing after a while, but it was memorable I suppose modern audiences, desensitized by the horrors of hoop pup and elektronika and suchlike nonmusic, will feel that way about Adele s blah, forgettable Skyfall Bah She s better than that.Oh yeah, For Your Eyes Only Decent, if only just, and worth a rental


  6. Lyn Lyn says:

    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 exploration of the character and world building.From 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 examples of how Fleming s Bond washuman,vulnerable and ultimatelyof a hero than 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 exploration of the character and world building.From 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 examples of how Fleming s Bond washuman,vulnerable and ultimatelyof 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 Quantum of Solace The most intriguing entry 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 skill.Risico 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 Bond.The 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 wife.More Bond fun from Ian Fleming, for fans


  7. aPriL does feral sometimes aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    A short story collection Several 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 bethan an agent on assignment, although there is that, too Everybody likes people watching, including Bond 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 al A short story collection Several 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 bethan an agent on assignment, although there is that, too Everybody likes people watching, including Bond 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 make his lifeinteresting.These stories are surprisingly excellent Fleming writes above his usual paygrade in For Your Eyes Only Literary quality, with only a touch of the prejudices he usually includes in his James Bond books


  8. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Much shorter than 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 sh tbag 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 isof a male chauvinist than ever, but the Bond Girl is a righteous badass and shows him up properly.


  9. Jim Jim says:

    Is it possible to write effective 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 assassin.The title story is a plain and simple revenge murder Is it possible to write effective 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 assassin.The 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 Jamaica.My favorite story is Quantum 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 stewardess Risico finds Bond trying to help the Americans nail a European drug dealer except that the enemy turns out to be an ally and the ally, an enemy.Finally, The Hildebrand Rarity contains an unsolved but utterly deserving murder of a cruel American billionaire These five stories are as good as anything Fleming has written


  10. Handan Handan says:

    Having grown up engrossed by the James Bond films with one or two 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 Having grown up engrossed by the James Bond films with one or two 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 and environs, something sadly lacking on the silver screen As well, go figure Hollywood ratcheted the sex appealthan 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


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For Your Eyes Only ➶ [Read] ➲ For Your Eyes Only By Ian Fleming ➾ – Thomashillier.co.uk Bond watched her as she reached the edge 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 else What Bond watched her as she reached the edge of the tables and For Your Kindle - 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 else What damnable luck Before Bond could pull himself together, the girl had come up to his table and 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 emergencies and beautiful girls who aren t quite what they seem and are the stock in trade of James Bond And whenis on the case there 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.