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As with all collections of short stories, the quality varies Not the strongest collection. 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 was involving 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. 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 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 When Is 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 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 reading of them from Fleming. 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 be than 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 life interesting.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. 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 was human, vulnerable and ultimately of 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. 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. 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 appeal than 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. 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 watched than 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 me nuanced 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. 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 Bond than 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