When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style.
Contains the short stories: From a View to a Kill; For Your Eyes Only; Quantum of Solace; Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Samuel West.
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.
Samuel West’s theatre work includes ENRON, Hamlet for the RSC and starring opposite his father Timothy, in A Number. TV credits include Cambridge Spies, Any Human Heart, Eternal Law and Mr Selfridge, and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are Hyde Park on Hudson, Van Helsing, Iris, Persuasion and Howards End. He has also directed ten plays and two operas.
"Urbane savagery and mighty smooth tale-spinning." ( New York Herald Tribune)
"The Bond ambience is persuasive." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Five separate long, strong drinks, all different in flavor and effect…the familiar and ever-welcome touches are not lost." ( The Sunday Times)
"The most forceful and driving writer." (Raymond Chandler)
Surprising nice neat stories
For film buffs, the only similarities are the titles. These stories, usually an hour long are nice short reads. As you already know Bond and the support characters there is no need to go back and give us their stories and so the narrative moves along nicely. I found the way Ian Fleming told the story of 'Quantum of Solace' was beautifully done. Samuel West is excellent narrating these stories and didn't skip a beat with any of the characters even the womens voices. I found 'A View to a Kill' a little tripe but the other stories enthralling. Now I am ready to move onto 'Thunderball'.
- D. Pohland
Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass diese Geschichten mit den Filmen fast nur noch den Titel gemein haben und damit im eigenen Kopfkino keine Vergleiche angestellt werden. Von Samuel West fantastisch in Szene gesetzt, besonders die fremdsprachigen Dialektpassagen sind mit großer Spielfreude gesprochen und machen viel Spaß beim Zuhören.