This is the first James Bond book by Ian Fleming, and also the first one I've read. Relating it to the movies, it's closest to Dr. No in that it takes place in one location so that you don't get that grandiose, world traveling feeling that the films give. What's great about this book is that you are allowed into the mind of James Bond. I was surprised to find doubt, regret, and desire all reside behind the amalgam of Sean Connery/Roger Moore that I always picture. A treat for us all is a complete section of James explaining the ins and out of Baccarat. Riviting stuff! A fine story indeed, and deeper than what you'll see on TBS.
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2005
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