- By Ian Fleming

From Russia With Love

  • Title: From Russia With Love
  • Author: Ian Fleming
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Russia With Love Name Bond James Height cm weight kg slim build eyes blue hair black scar down right cheek on left shoulder all round athlete expert pistol shot boxer knife thrower does not use disguises La

    Name Bond, James Height 183 cm, weight 76 kg slim build eyes blue hair black scar down right cheek on left shoulder all round athlete expert pistol shot, boxer, knife thrower does not use disguises Languages French and German Smokes heavily NB special cigarettes with three gold bands vices drink, but not to excess, and women.Every major foreign gName Bond, James Height 183 cm, weight 76 kg slim build eyes blue hair black scar down right cheek on left shoulder all round athlete expert pistol shot, boxer, knife thrower does not use disguises Languages French and German Smokes heavily NB special cigarettes with three gold bands vices drink, but not to excess, and women.Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond Now, Russia s lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination SMERSH has the perfect bait in the irresistible Tatiana Romanova, who lures 007 to Istanbul promising the top secret Spektor cipher machine But when Bond walks willingly into the trap, a game of cross and double cross ensues, with Bond both the stakes and the prize.

    1 thought on “From Russia With Love

    1. I am glad to be a man in 2011, because it sounds so exhausting to hear about what life was like in the 1950s. I mean, imagine you are Ian Fleming's James Bond, sexy 1950s super spy: Every time a woman mouthed off to you, you had to take her over your knee and spank her. That sounds awkward! (My lap isn't that big.) And if you were in a relationship and she started to get fat, you'd have to beat her until she lost weight. I don't want to get home from a long day of international espionage only to [...]

    2. From Russia With Love is the fifth book in Ian Fleming's James Bond series. Written in the height of the Cold War, it pits Russia versus the west in a race to achieve the best in stealth technology. When the novel first came out, President Kennedy dubbed it his favorite book, increasing it in popularity and spurring Fleming to write more James Bond cases. Yet, this tale of espionage is often dubbed the best in the series. SMERSH, the Russian intelligence agency, would like to make a big splash t [...]

    3. This is hands down the best James Bond book and it was turned into the best James Bond movie. I have yet to read all the books, but I have read a fair amount so I think it is okay for me to have the opinion that this is the best!I read this twice and loved it both times. The second time I read it was on a train in Switzerland between Bern and Brig. This just so happens to be part of the route of the train included in the climactic scene in the book. This was not an intentional coincidence, but v [...]

    4. What I learned from this book (in no particular order): 1. The ideal Soviet master assassin is a man who is:a. the offspring of a German wrestler and a Southern Irish hooker;b. extremely muscular and hairy;c. possessed of a high threshold for pain;d. manic during the full moon; ande. asexual (“Sexual neutrality was the essence of coldness in an individual”) --- but love to parade around naked.2. Ugly women are mannish and have breasts that looked like badly packed sandbags, and when they pul [...]

    5. This really needs to be remade. To help move things along, I've mocked up a poster and a few seconds of dialogue for the teaser trailer

    6. NO SPOILERS SMERSH wants to damage England. What better way than to destroy their secret agent hero, James Bond? SMERSH hatches a plan. They pick out their prettiest worker and send her to Bond. To sweeten the already honeyed deal, she's carrying a Russian encryption machine. Bond is initially suspicious of this beautiful Russian spy who's defecting to England, but his suspicions are gone once he beds her (moron!). But SMERSH has big plans for Bond, and surprisingly they are not plans to give hi [...]

    7. In ways this is my favorite Bond book so far. Not sure why. Perhaps because the writing feels a bit more mature ways. Fleming spends a lot of time developing the backgrounds of the villains. Bond doesn't come actively on to the scene until well into the book.The pacing feels slow for the first two thirds, then it gets ramped up for the end. The plot is straight forward and even intentionally telegraphed, so it will probably bore modern day readers.

    8. From the Telegraph's Andrew Martin 06 Aug 2014:"Scientists at the University of London have concluded that the key to happiness is having low expectations. 'They mined this conclusion from an experiment in which people gambled with small sums of money. The subjects were happiest when they won, not having expected to win.'"This quote pretty much captures my feelings about Ian Fleming. Now five books deep into James Bond, I've just figured out how to enjoy these books. Yes, you guessed it. Low exp [...]

    9. Rating: 4.5* of fiveIt's the 1963 movie with Sean Connery that I'm rating. I tried reading Casino Royale recently, and found it dated and even more sexist and racist than I was expecting. I'll stick to the movies. Connery's nice to look at. The gadgets are hilarious, and so is Q. The theme songs are great.

    10. My biggest complaint with FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE—aside from the usual male chauvinism and innocent women who need a real man—I was well into this novel (over a third of the way) before Bond made his appearance. Did I really need to know that much about Mother Russia? I think not. I’d have been happier with much less, frankly, and I would have kept a few more sanity points.I even debated skipping ahead, but since I’ve approached my task of reading the entire Bond series the way one might a [...]

    11. When you read any of Fleming's books you need to remember you are seeing a snapshot of distant place and time. This is post war Europe where men are Men and women are decorative. You may be exposed to what today would be described as straight up racism, sexism and bigotry. Whether it is an absolute unquestionable hatred for the communists or a more subtle British private school disdain for the people of the continent. If you have seen the movie From Russia with Love you will be happily retreadin [...]

    12. I feel guilty reading these books for a variety of reasons. One, they are sinfully good. Two, they are undeniably racist and sexist. Three, I think I'm reading a first edition (the real owner of these books stole/borrowed them from a distant relative) and they are disintegrating in my hands as I read them. Every time I turn the page it comes away from the binding. Is it sacrilege to destroy a 1st edition Bond book? The most surprising thing about these books is Fleming's prose. His descriptions [...]

    13. "A blue and green dragon-fly flashed out from among the rose bushes at the end of the garden and hovered in mid-air a few inches above the base of the man’s spine. It had been attracted by the golden shimmer of the June sunshine on the ridge of fine blond hairs above the coccyx. A puff of breeze came off the sea. The tiny field of hairs bent gently. The dragon-fly darted nervously sideways and hung above the man’s left shoulder, looking down. The young grass below the man’s open mouth stir [...]

    14. 5/10To date this and “Live and Let Die” are on par for the worst James Bond book I’ve read to date. This book was basically split into 3 parts over 350 pages of which none were interesting and only the final part offering anything in the way of action or tension. The first part involved nothing but Russian diplomats scheming. It was 130 pages of filler, just a lot of backdrop into the Russian secret departments and some of the characters who will be popping up later. Bond wasn’t in this [...]

    15. This was my first James Bond novel that I've read and I want to read more. I've always enjoyed the James Bond movies, but now I have this new world to delve into. This was a fun read. I'm not sure what I was expecting.I just didn't want the books to ruin my movie experiences. So I'm glad that in some ways this is different than the silver screen Bond, but I felt like all the other characters were the same in personality and support. It was a nice mix of different/same. I loved the way the story [...]

    16. (A-) 83% | Very GoodNotes: James Bond fights the 'soft life' but ironically becomes soft: ditching sense to reattain love, adventure and friendship.

    17. For people who don't already know, "Kronsteen", the Russian chess genius and spymaster, is supposed to be based on David Bronstein, arguably the greatest player never to win the world title. Oddly enough, the game used in the movie involved Bronstein, but he was on the wrong side of the board. For details, including further links, look at this article.__________________________________________When I read the third volume of Kasparov's My Great Predecessors last year, it occurred to me that there [...]

    18. From Russia With Love, movie trailer.My Bond project continues with From Russia With Love, the second Bond film and the fifth Bond book (and yes, this out-of-order thing is totally starting to bug me but I will prevail!).So most interesting, in the movie the group that's after Bond is the non-specific SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), whereas in the book it's the very, very Soviet organization SMERSH (mble mumble mumble something Russian mum [...]

    19. Ian Fleming should get more credit than he does for writing fast-paced tightly-plotted thrillers. A little improbable at times? Sure, but the James Bond of the books is nothing like the superhero of the movies. This is adventure fiction that stays within the bounds of reason, and it's full of (almost) believable heroes and villains and not nearly as many outrageous gadgets as in the movies either. (Bond is actually given a cynanide pill dispenser in this book; he laughs and washes them down the [...]

    20. This book was unusual for two reasons: 1. James Bond doesn't even show up until over a third of the way through. 2. It ends on a cliffhanger.That being said, this was a good read. The basic plot is that SMERSH, the Russian "death to spies" organization, is out to assassinate James Bond. They use a beautiful, young agent to distract him while a psychopathic agent commits the deed. I liked this even if I thought the ending and beginning were a little strange. (Especially the ending.) If you're a B [...]

    21. An oh-so-innocent Russian cipher clerk is recruited into a SMERSH plot, being told that she would feed England false information after "defecting". Little does she know that the actual plan is to humiliate MI6 by staging a murder-suicide between her and her escort, James Bond.This is technically a review of the Simon Vance audiobook, but it's an unabridged reading.The Good: Action scenes: Fleming writes them so well. That penultimate scene with the top SMERSH killer is my favorite scene in the b [...]

    22. This book is very special to me for one particular reason was the first book I had bought with my own money when I was a child. It was, of course, the cover that compelled me to purchase it, I think most of us are guilty of judging a book in this manner. I used to while away the hours in a local bookshop. I would walk up and down the isles dreaming of all the wonderous adventures each tome held within. Then, I saw the spy section of the shop. The covers, the titles, all left me in awe of what th [...]

    23. I think I was about seven. We had a copy of this book lying around the house, and Mom told me not to read it, it was totally dumb, but of course I did anyway. I thought it was kind of cool, especially how they had the grandmaster plan the honey trap. Really I wanted it to work, and I was a bit annoyed that Bond got away again.That weekend, Mom had invited a lesbian couple over for dinner (we were living in the Bay Area at the time). I spent the whole evening staring at their shoes. In the end, o [...]

    24. My chronological journey through the world of the original James Bond novels continues with the fifth novel to be written and published, and widely held as the beginning of the best part of the entire series. In this one, Russia is tired of continually losing the battle in the grand spy game and has decided to assassinate one of the West’s most prestigious spies. After considering several countries’ intelligence programs to target, they settle on Britain’s MI-6 and who better than the famo [...]

    25. James Bond is lured into thinking that a beautiful Russian agent, Tatiana Romanova, loves him and wants to defect with a code machine, but she's a trap set by SMERSH. Red Grant, the USSR's top executioner, is on a collision course to meet and kill Bond on the Orient Express. (view spoiler)[Bond kills Grant but appears to succumb to poison in the final moments, delivering a killer cliffhanger that doesn't exist in the movie. (hide spoiler)]Yet another great spy thriller by Ian Fleming, whose writ [...]

    26. Someone criticized this novel saying it was datedI am baffled.at's like reading the biography HAMILTON,and saying it's "dated." History is never dated. This book is based on an organization that was real in Soviet Union, Russiad yes, historically it used to be Russia,and then the Soviet Union,and then back to Russia,and the novel focuses on a certain time in the history of that country and of England as well. Yes it's fiction. I don't get how it is "dated." ;)I enjoyed it immensely, but then I w [...]

    27. The book makes the movie seem campy. No witty James Bond, but serious spy business. The story is a bit dated; there is no longer a Soviet Union, but those old enough to remember the Cold War and the spy novels of that time will appreciate this book.

    28. From Russia with Love was the fifth of Ian Fleming's 007 books, published in 1957. Apparently he wasn't sure whether he wanted the franchise to continue, and you have to read the sequel, Dr. No, to find out how some of the plot points in this one were resolved.Interesting, I think, is that the movie Dr. No (based on the sixth book) was the first James Bond film, and From Russia with Love was the second. Swapping the order of the plots actually necessitated some changes to the stories. In the mov [...]

    29. I first read this about 43 years ago when I was a 12 year old boy just starting at grammar school. 007. A beautiful Russian agent. Rosa Klebb. Red Grant. Gypsy girls fighting to the death. The Orient Express. A periscope to spy on Russian secret service meetings. Bond's briefcase. The blade in Klebb's shoe. Such iconic moments. What's not to like?Maybe a bit dated, certainly not politically correct, but a thoroughly entertaining read.And it brought back some lovely memories of me as a boy lying [...]

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