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Doctor No [Reading] ➽ Doctor No By Ian Fleming – Thomashillier.co.uk The sixth James Bond thriller from Ian Fleming s typewriterDispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun But when h The sixth James Bond thriller from Ian Fleming s typewriterDispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is overOn this island, all suspicious activity leads inexorably to Dr Julius No, a reclusive megalomaniac with steel pincers for hands To find out what the good doctor is hiding,must enlist the aid of local fisherman Quarrel and alluring beachcomber Honeychile RiderTogether they will combat a local legend the natives call the Dragon, before Bond alone must face the most punishing test of all an obstacle course designed by the sadistic Dr No himself that measures the limits of the human body s capacity for agony.


10 thoughts on “Doctor No

  1. Jayson Jayson says:

    A 84% Very Good NotesJames Bond teams with noble savages against aberrant hybrids the trans human recluse and his bi racial henchmen.


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Doctor No James Bond, 6 , Ian FlemingDr No is the sixth novel by the English author Ian Fleming to feature his British Secret Service agent James Bond Fleming wrote the novel in early 1957 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica It was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 31 March 1958 The novel centres on Bond s investigation into the disappearance in Jamaica of two fellow MI6 operatives He establishes that they had been investigating Doctor No, a Chinese operator of a gu Doctor No James Bond, 6 , Ian FlemingDr No is the sixth novel by the English author Ian Fleming to feature his British Secret Service agent James Bond Fleming wrote the novel in early 1957 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica It was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 31 March 1958 The novel centres on Bond s investigation into the disappearance in Jamaica of two fellow MI6 operatives He establishes that they had been investigating Doctor No, a Chinese operator of a guano mine on the fictional Caribbean island of Crab Key Bond travels to the island and meets Honeychile Rider and later Doctor No 1976 06 1345 273 20 1962112


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Mr Incredible I was wrong to treat you that way I m sorrySyndrome See Now you respect me, because I m a threat That s the way it works Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it How do you think I got rich I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat, and when I unleash it Mr Incredible throws a log at Syndrome, who dodges it and traps Mr Incredible with his zero point energy ray Syndrome Mr Incredible I was wrong to treat you that way I m sorrySyndrome See Now you respect me, because I m a threat That s the way it works Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it How do you think I got rich I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat, and when I unleash it Mr Incredible throws a log at Syndrome, who dodges it and traps Mr Incredible with his zero point energy ray Syndrome Oh, ho ho You sly dog You got me monologuing I can t believe it The IncrediblesDr Evil Scott, I want you to meet daddy s nemesis, Austin PowersScott Evil What Are you feeding him Why don t you just kill him Dr Evil I have an even better idea I m going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death Austin Powers International Man of MysteryDaryl Van Horne You haven t seen any snowy egrets around here, have you Alexandra Medford No.Daryl Van Horne Me either Not that I d know a snowy egret if I were pissing on one You want some lunch Alexandra Medford I think it s a little late in the season.Daryl Van Horne For lunch Alexandra Medford No, pissing on birds The Witches of EastwickAnd so we come to Doctor No, Ian Fleming s sixth James Bond novel, first published in 1958.While this is another fun adventure with Bond James Bond, the monologuing evil mastermind bit is taken to almost comic proportions Doctor No was patterned on the Fu Man Chu stories, but Fleming s description has no doubt been the source of inspiration, satirical and actual, ever since.While these can all be read as stand alones, this one does make reference to Bond s injuries in the prior book, From Russia With Love.Maybe not one of his best Fleming received much negative press when this came out but it is still Bond And so fun I went back and watched the 1962 Terence Young film starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress Great fun, surprised at many things the low budget production that nonetheless holds up well, how beautiful was Andress and how young Connery This was the film that started it all and no wonder it paved the way for so much success over the next few decades


  4. David David says:

    Was this when Fleming started to phone it in I have enjoyed several of the earlier Bond novels, but this one was full of purple prose and evencringe inducing racism and sexism than usual I mean, this is James Bond we re talking about, who was a misogynistic dick even when cleaned up for Hollywood, but Dr No is pretty much wall to wall racial caricatures, along with a vapid sex kitten of a Bond girl I know, you re saying What makes her any different from all the other Bond girls Well Was this when Fleming started to phone it in I have enjoyed several of the earlier Bond novels, but this one was full of purple prose and evencringe inducing racism and sexism than usual I mean, this is James Bond we re talking about, who was a misogynistic dick even when cleaned up for Hollywood, but Dr No is pretty much wall to wall racial caricatures, along with a vapid sex kitten of a Bond girl I know, you re saying What makes her any different from all the other Bond girls Well, usually the Bond girls are double agents or something, or at least they carry a gun, but Honeychile Rider is just a feral blonde who hangs out naked on beaches But okay, expecting Ian Fleming to write strong female characters is like expecting Jane Austen to write swordfights.James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the Kingston station operatives After wandering around meeting the colorful locals there will be something here to offend everyone, from the description of Jamaicans as lazy children to every single Chinese person being part of the Yellow Horde , Bond makes his way to Crab Key, an island owned by the mysterious Dr Julius No Dr No turns out to be a half Chinese megalomaniac with prosthetic hands who brags about how totally evil and powerful he is He rants about how he s King of the World actually, he s the king of a tiny guano covered island , then he taunts Bond and his new squeeze for a while before putting them both into ridiculous deathtraps When this evil genius wants to kill someone, he prefers using poisonous centipedes and giant squid as opposed to, say, a bullet You just know the ceiling lasers and submarine cars can t be far behind Dr No was still fun in all its racist, sexist, cheesy pulpiness, but it lacked the details and thin veneer of plausibility that earlier novels had, and boy has Fleming s writing gone downhill in this one Go ahead and read it if you are a Bond fan, but it s definitely not Fleming s best work


  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Unfortunately, strict patterns of behaviour can be deadly if they are read by an enemyIan Fleming, Dr No It is weird to visit a book that is so well preserved by a film Maybe it was because it was the first James Bond film, but it has always stuck with me The book was bothand less interesting It had some great lines by Dr No, and Honey Ryder was better developed in the book But, still, it was hard to read the book and not think of Ursula Andress, the very first Bond Girll on film Unfortunately, strict patterns of behaviour can be deadly if they are read by an enemyIan Fleming, Dr No It is weird to visit a book that is so well preserved by a film Maybe it was because it was the first James Bond film, but it has always stuck with me The book was bothand less interesting It had some great lines by Dr No, and Honey Ryder was better developed in the book But, still, it was hard to read the book and not think of Ursula Andress, the very first Bond Girll on film, walking out of the ocean Obviously, there is something about these books and films that appeals to reader and viewer sex, adventure, etc that keeps them in print and consistently being imitated and produced However, as I ve aged, I seem to have gravitatedtowards John Le Carr s view of the world and away from Ian Fleming s One has to grow up But still, I keep coming back There is still a 14 year old boy that needs to be feed, and sometimes shaken, sometimes stirred


  6. Ken Ken says:

    Reading the Bond series is always going to have the baggage of the movie series hanging over it, after all it s the fourth highest grossing franchise of all time I think it s evennoticeable with this entry in the series, as Dr No was the first to be adapted.Knowing the different orders of the series feels slightly weirdFollowing on from the events of the previous book, Bond is sent to Jamaica in what is deemed an undemanding mission Bond is tasked with discovering why two MI6 operativ Reading the Bond series is always going to have the baggage of the movie series hanging over it, after all it s the fourth highest grossing franchise of all time I think it s evennoticeable with this entry in the series, as Dr No was the first to be adapted.Knowing the different orders of the series feels slightly weirdFollowing on from the events of the previous book, Bond is sent to Jamaica in what is deemed an undemanding mission Bond is tasked with discovering why two MI6 operatives have disappeared.I really like that Bond has clearly been effected by the previous story, he s pride has taken a hit Especially now that he s been tasked with a mission that has been described as practically like a holiday.The movie itself sticks pretty faithful to the book with the only slight differences being Dr No working for a different organisation and the conclusion to that character changes.You know exactly what your getting with these books, it might not be my favourite but I m enjoying working through them in the original publication order


  7. Carmen Carmen says:

    I loved this book Best Bond book yetpossibly the best one of all time, but we ll see.We ended the last book From Russia With Love on a cliffhanger Bond is kicked with a poisoned blade by the evil lady torturer Rosa Klebb.Now, after months of medical treatment, he s ready to go back to work The head doctor begs M to take it easy on Bond, but M doesn t believe in coddling agents He sends Bond down to what he thinks will be a relatively easy job in Jamaica Two Secret Service agents h I loved this book Best Bond book yetpossibly the best one of all time, but we ll see.We ended the last book From Russia With Love on a cliffhanger Bond is kicked with a poisoned blade by the evil lady torturer Rosa Klebb.Now, after months of medical treatment, he s ready to go back to work The head doctor begs M to take it easy on Bond, but M doesn t believe in coddling agents He sends Bond down to what he thinks will be a relatively easy job in Jamaica Two Secret Service agents have disappeared, and for some strange reason M and the Secret Service think that they ve run off together But the secret location is burnt down, I don t know why on earth they wouldn t suspect foul play O.o Some spies they are rolls eyesThe really sad break up scene in this novel is when Bond s told that his beloved Beretta.25 is not adequate and his wife of 15 years is taken away from him and replaced with a Walther PPK 7.65 mm and a Smith and Wesson Centennial Airweight Revolver.38 calibre Bond is so sad to be separated from his true love his gun Really, you should hear how he goes on about it I m kind of worried about what goes on in that brain of hisANYWAY, we the readers know from the beginning that it s foul play we witnessed the man and his female spy secretary get murdered by Chigroes black Chinese who then stole all the secrets and burnt the place up all this is Chapter One.Bond reunites with Quarrel, his old friend from his adventures in LIVE AND LET DIE Both Bond and the readers rejoice in seeing this character again.Evil Doctor No a half Chinese, half German has bought Crab Key island and rules it like his own private country He has claws for hands and his eyes are glass Dum, dum, dum He plans on taking over the world Bwahahahahahaha When Bond and Quarrel land on the island, they meet a Girl Tarzan one Honeychile Rider Bond s upset to know that now she s part of this wretched thing, and she ll be in great danger, but he s going to do his utmost to protect her Dum dum Dum The girl tells him there s a dragon on the island A black and gold dragon with red eyes that breathes fire Bond doesn t believe herWow This is such an amazing book I was enjoying it so much Ian Fleming is such a good author and he just draws you into this story You can t escape You don t want to escape So much adventure O.ORACISM This book is expresses some racism, primarily against the Chinese but against blacks as well But not even close to the amount expressed in books like LIVE AND LET DIE But it definitely hasn t gone away.QUARREL So good to see this character again, after having an adventure with him in LALD Bond asks Quarrel to get him into shape like he did last time Quarrel puts Bond in training, to make him hard and tough so that he can defeat Dr No Quarrel also tortures the photographer Miss Chung at Bond s request This part was a bit scary as I feel Quarrel was enjoying torturing her just a bit too much, but luckily Bond steps in and puts a stop to it before there s too much damage o.O And then there s of course the fact that view spoiler Quarrel gets flame thrower ed to death by Dr No s men on Crab Key The death of Quarrel Bond uses his death as a motive to get revenge hide spoiler DOCTOR NO Great villain, crazy, rich, power mad Again disability is used as a mark of evil Disabilities Studies 101 as Dr No has two claws instead of hands and glass eyes contacts, actually He also has a huge underground wall of glass, an aquarium of the sea itselfsuper cool Bond once again psychoanalyzes the villain out loud to his facea standard Bond practice Of course Dr No give us an amazing, in depth, chapter long villain speech that s loads of fun His diabolical plans to experiment on Bond and Honeychile are creepy and scary Especially since when he sees Honeychile he s like Oh, I ve been waiting for a white woman to experiment on and you re like Blergh, this guy is creepy to the max And you are so afraid for Honeychile And so is Bond.HONEYCHILE RIDER I adored this Bond girl Absolute best Bond girl so farand there s been some good ones DESCRIPTION She is 20 with ash blonde hair and blue eyes Orphaned at age 5, raised by her black Nanny in the isolation of the jungle island until her Nanny s death when Honey was 15 Honey is best friend to all the animals She loves animals and has been caring for them and playing with them her whole life She knows SO MUCH stuff about animals and nature and fish and plants and trees Bond actually LISTENS to her and takes her advice MULTIPLE TIMES in this novel I was impressed He must have read my last review of FRWL and decided to take my lecture to heart Aw Honey has no formal education, but was taught to read and write by her Nanny, and has read Encyclopedia Britannica Volumes A T She s smart, though formally uneducated At first Bond really underestimates her and treats her like an ignorant child, but he quickly learns that she can teach him a thing or four about life on the islands She saves his lifethan once.ANOTHER RAPE SURVIVORHoney is a rape survivor This is the 2nd Bond book in which the Bond girl is a rape survivor the first was Tiffany Case from Diamonds are Forever At age 16, trying to live on her own after her Nanny s death, she s always getting looked at hit on by men But she is always walking around with a snake on her neck and so is mostly left alone Except for that one persistent creepy guy there s always one I mean, even in real life, believe me who won t take no for an answer and isn t intimidated by her animal friends She fights him off like a madwoman but he knocks her out and rapes her repeatedly.When she wakes up she gets a bunch of black widow spiders, walks to his hut, and pours them all over his naked body It takes him a week to die.THE BROKEN NOSEAs a result of the rape, Honey has a badly broken nose that is very noticeable She is deeply ashamed of it She thinks it makes her ugly So much so that when she first meets Bond, buck naked, she covers up her shameful, ugly nose instead of her breasts.Her nose becomes a rather recurring theme subject in the novel When Bond first sees it, he s shocked and appalled, thinking that she d be the most beautiful girl in Jamaica if her nose wasn t so deformed Later, after getting to know her better and learning about the rape, he s sure that she can get it fixed It s an easy operation Then she ll be perfect I m quietly boiling inside during all of this Even later, he knows that she s convinced that she s ugly because of her nose, and there s a scene where he tries to convince her that she s beautiful BY THE END OF THE BOOK, Bond loves her broken nose and is actually sad to think she might still want it fixed He likes I don t want to say, loves here because I don t think he s in love with her her just the way she is and has come to see her nose as part of her and perfect for her I liked seeing Fleming put Bond through the many steps and thought processes he has to go through to get to this conclusion Very enjoyable and heart warming Especially since I fully expected Bond to keep on thinking he could perfect her with surgery, and was surprised and pleased at him coming to his own conclusions and realizing that she s already perfect GIVING BOND A HARD TIMEAnother reason I really adore Honeychile is her teasing nature with Bond She is constantly teasing him, challenging him, and generally giving him a hard time This is done in a loving way, you can tell she really likes him and wants to have sex with him but she doesn t take any of his crap and she also teases him a lot when she knows she can get away with it.I thought their back and forth banter was really adorable and I loved how cheeky Honey is The other thing that melts my heart is that Bond lets her tease him He doesn t blow up at her or lose his temper or punish her God, remember the way he acted with Vesper It was so disgusting instead, he accepts the teasing good naturedly and teases her right back He never has the urge to punish her or put her in her place that he s had in the past with women most noticeably with Vesper Lynd I don t know if it s because she s a rape survivor Bond seems to tread carefully and proceed with caution around women he knows have been abused or just because she s so much younger than him she s 20, he s 34 But whatever the reason, he s pretty much the sweetness with her in a James Bond way, I mean, he s still pretty rough with her in a lot of ways Including in bed Not that she was complaining, but I m just saying don t think this means he s not James Bond y enough Sweetness for James Bond is a lot different than sweetness from John Doe.BOND AVERTS HIS EYESMost noticeably is how he avoids looking at her when she s naked which, in this book, is A LOT He s actually respectful this was shocking to me and he averts his eyes a lot At one point, when they re in a room together and she s getting ready to take a bath, he actually covers up his eyes with his hands None of this is because of prompting on Honey s part, it s just a super rare case of Bond being a gentleman Take a picture of this and frame it, folks, because I doubt we ll be getting this kind of behavior from him again.Again, is this respectful, friendly, teasing, protective Bond the Bond I love and rarely get to see coming out to play because Honey is a rape survivor or because she s 14 years younger than him I don t know All I know is that I liked it and wished he d belike this with his other women.AGE DIFFERENCE In case you re wondering, gentle reader, I have zero problem with the age difference It doesn t bother me at all I WANT TO WORK AS A CALL GIRL Honeychile Rider tells Bond that she wants to become a call girl to make money Bond s all like, Excuse me, I don t think I heard you correctlyand I don t think that word means what you think it means When finding out that Honeychile really does indeed know what she s talking about, Bond gently and persuasively convinces her that she should use her brain instead of her body Perhaps working in a Zoo or Museum This is a touching scene and one that I really enjoyed Bond impresses me sometimes.HONEY CAN TAKE CARE OF HERSELFOver and over again in the novel, Honey proves to be smart, resourceful, and fierce She is capable of fending for herself Putting black widow spiders in her rapist s bed as revenge was just the beginning No spoilers, but by the end of the book, you ll be super impressed by how self confident, capable, and kickass Honey is She rocks She saves both herself AND Bond at various times in the novel You go, girl HONEYCHILE RIDER SUMMARYI guess, in the end, it s the fact that I really, genuinely believed that Bond had Honeychile s wellbeing and best interests at heart AT ALL TIMES And it wasn t like he was in love with her he wasn t It s extremely clear that they are just going to have a few weeks together and then never see each other again Despite that, Bond always acts in Honeychile s best interests He goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure she s not only physically safe, but to give her psychological security, hook her up with a good job doing something she loves that is non exploitative, and seeing to her financial needs as well As far as I was concerned, his only duty was her physical safety, so I was impressed and touched when he went the extra ten miles to take care of her in other ways What a great guy Many extra points to Mr Bond for being such a mensch.JAMES BOND AS A SERIAL MONOGAMISTBond book version is a one woman one book kind of man I know in the movies he s sleeping with a woman, and then her sister, and then 2women who show up before the end but in the books he s really faithful This is my 6th Bond book and he s never slept withthan one woman per book So there p In the movies he s so promiscuous In the movies he sleeps with 3 4 women per film NO SLUT SHAMINGOne of the best and most refreshing things about the Bond books is the absolute absence of slut shaming It s as if sluts and the concepts of sluts don t even exist Women are just women, whether they ve slept with twenty men or are virgins, Bond doesn t care and never comments on it Nobody cares It s a complete non issue No matter what a woman wears, who or how many she s slept withit s very refreshing to live in a world where not only are women NOT judged for their sexual and wardrobe decisions, but it doesn t even OCCUR to anyone to be judgmental.On the other hand, when I said women are just women this is unfortunately true you definitely get the impression and message that women are inferior to men in a lot of ways So I m not in any way saying that the Bond books are feminist quite the opposite but I did notice this little ray of light and wanted to share it.SIDE NOTES Amazing, well written scene of Bond vs centipede Stupendous Bond drinks both gin and tonics AND bourbon and sodas in addition to his usual martinis, shaken not stirred, in this novel I want to make it clear, in the books he drinks A LOT and it s a variety of stuff Not like in the films Bond cries in this novel And he cries in front of a woman And he has no shame in doing it Booyah Oh, and Bond wears jeans for a good portion of this novel JEANS I liked that.Tl dr Best Bond novel so far Exciting, with a cute relationship, and a capable and fierce Bond girl Wonderful, crazy, rich, villain with plans on taking over the world Beautiful writing and descriptions Adventure packed with tons of fights and challenges Bond is a real Billy Badass but actually treats his woman really well in this book I m relieved, and made sure to savor every moment because I don t think it ll be happening again any time soon.UPDATE 1962 FILM WITH SEAN CONNERYThis was a good movie Not campy and stupid, but an actual exciting spy film.Honey is not clever and capable like she is in the book And her nose is definitely not broken and deformed James Bond saves her over and over unlike in the book where she saves herself and him numerous times.Quarrel isn t the tough, efficient man that he is in the book I was upset that for the whole second half of the film he s seen as a superstitious drunk Very unkind of them to do.Bond has sex with three women in the film only one Honey in the book.While I think Connery is one of the better Bonds, I am just not attracted to him shrug


  8. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    Morning, Armourer Now I want to ask you some questions M s voice was casual First of all, what do you think of the Beretta, the.25 Ladies gun, sir M raised ironic eyebrows at Bond.Bond smiled thinly What fun After the last installment of Bond had left me filled with rage for a while, this one was quite a surprise There is less politicking in this one Without much concern for with the Cold War as such, this adventure turns to the mysterious Dr No In a way, Dr No seems to be aMorning, Armourer Now I want to ask you some questions M s voice was casual First of all, what do you think of the Beretta, the.25 Ladies gun, sir M raised ironic eyebrows at Bond.Bond smiled thinly What fun After the last installment of Bond had left me filled with rage for a while, this one was quite a surprise There is less politicking in this one Without much concern for with the Cold War as such, this adventure turns to the mysterious Dr No In a way, Dr No seems to be a break with the previous books Bond enters book the having only just recovered from his previous mission, which did not end as planned Filled with doubt and feeling he needed to justify his 00 status to M, Bond seems somewhat humbled To aid his recovery, M sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the seemingly trivial matter of the disappearance of a few people two diplomats, and two members of the Audobon Society And this is where the glorious wackiness of this novel start Yes, this Bond adventure is based on the topic of birds bird watching and guano mining The mere idea of it had me in stitches I mean Bond and birds of the feathered kind All through the book, I was wondering if Fleming was trying to pull our leg, because it is such a break with the previous Bond books It goes further Bond s relationship with Honeychile Ryder, the female lead of this book, is different to the previous books, too Probably for the first time, Bond is not pursuing her as a love interest He actually resolves to ensure she gets looked after It isn t really explained why he does it, but even though his thoughts on their first encounter are cringeworthy as is his assessment of beauty , he actually changes his stance throughout the book Colour me surprised, but it seemed that Bond showed some personal growth here Or was it Fleming Or still just Bond I m not sure I care to know which one it is but I sure enjoyed it while it lasted If I remember right, Bond will be back to his old self in Goldfinger It is not just his attitude toward Honey, but he also shows a different attitude towards upper middle class snobbery Where in previous books Fleming played on the desirability of the gentleman s club and being a member of a certain social set, he literally has Bond turn his back on them in Dr No It is subtle, but very well written Of course, the books is still packed with tones of racism and other issues, and Fleming s research is still shocking the wrong birds, urban myths about centipedes, etc but for some reason, it seemed that Fleming tried to actually change this So, yes, Bond speaks to Quarrell like he would to a child, but it is also made very clear that he has a lot of respect for him And yes, Fleming gets his facts wrong but he s not averse to making up for it He has Bond change weapons and includes the weapons expert as a character many thanks to Troy for pointing this out to me during our buddy read.He also puts forth some wrong facts about crabs, only to have Honeychile correct them later on in the story I would not be surprised if he only learned about his error while writing the book and then chose to include the correction as a twist Lastly, let s not forget about the villain of the piece Dr No So far he has been the best Bond villain in the series He is of a similar ilk to Captain Nemo, and without spoiling the story, let me just say that this comparison is quite appropriate when looking at both his motivations and methods If only all Bond novels were like this one Bond had enciphered a short signal to M via the Colonial Office which he had coolly concluded with REGRET MUST AGAIN REQUEST SICK LEAVE STOP SURGEONS REPORT FOLLOWS STOP KINDLY INFORM ARMOURER SMITH AND WESSON INEFFECTIVE AGAINST FLAME THROWER ENDIT


  9. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 4 of fiveAgain rating the film from 1962 Cannot read the books, they haven t aged at all well And in so many ways, neither has the film Ursula Andress, the most remembered woman in the cast, plays Honey Ryder , and she is the last of three women to find 32 year old Connery irresistible Well DUH But her role as eye candy for the straight boys is all she does Her emergence from the sea in what was for the day a teensy bikini, but for today s audiences might as well be a burqa, Rating 4 of fiveAgain rating the film from 1962 Cannot read the books, they haven t aged at all well And in so many ways, neither has the film Ursula Andress, the most remembered woman in the cast, plays Honey Ryder , and she is the last of three women to find 32 year old Connery irresistible Well DUH But her role as eye candy for the straight boys is all she does Her emergence from the sea in what was for the day a teensy bikini, but for today s audiences might as well be a burqa, led to the current Bond iteration s scene with Halle Berry splashing up out of the sea in, basically, nothin much How things have changed in 50 years.I found myself drooling over the decor Hey, the story s ridiculous and the effects are risible, had to look at something Midcentury Modern for days Gorgeous copper plated doors and beautiful leather upholstered walls OOO AAAH Bond driving that adorable Sunbeam convertible was fun for me tooand the tank with fins Ha So yeah, I give it four camp stars and enjoy it for what it now is the birth of a cultural phenomenon, interestingfor what it says about our progress than for any intrinsic merits it has


  10. Bill Lynas Bill Lynas says:

    Ian Flemings s secret agent James Bond leaves behind the hail icy sleet of London for the sun of Jamaica in his sixth adventure.From the murder of Strangways in the opening chapter the reader is treated to a fast paced spy story full of fantastic characters death defying situations I ve been reading and rereading 007 s adventures for 45 years never tire of them This outstanding novel is published in a new edition by the Folio Society is enchanced with eight illustrations by Fay Dalton Ian Flemings s secret agent James Bond leaves behind the hail icy sleet of London for the sun of Jamaica in his sixth adventure.From the murder of Strangways in the opening chapter the reader is treated to a fast paced spy story full of fantastic characters death defying situations I ve been reading and rereading 007 s adventures for 45 years never tire of them This outstanding novel is published in a new edition by the Folio Society is enchanced with eight illustrations by Fay Dalton which compliment Fleming s story perfectly A very lovely Christmas present from my wife a marvellous addition to my James Bond collection


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