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Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming

Published September 5, 2020

Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming

Book info

  • Title Diamonds Are Forever
  • Author Ian Fleming
  • Year 1956
  • Genres Thriller, Adventure

The Spangled Mob are no ordinary American gangsters. They prey on the addictions of the wealthy and treat the poor as collateral. Their ruthless desire for power and fierce brotherly loyalty make them deadly and invincible. James Bond must go deep undercover in his urgent new assignment: to destroy their millionaire masterminds, Jack and Seraffimo Spang. But the Spangs’ cruel influence is everywhere, from dusty African diamond mines to the frenzied gambling dens of Las Vegas. Can Bond find his men before his cover is blown?

Thoughts

Not so sure about this one. There were bits of it I really liked, clear Bond elements that you can almost visualise on screen - the car chase ending up in a drive through cinema, the railway escapades, etc. But other bits of it weren’t that interesting. I mean, at one point Bond himself says he’s a bit bored of doing what he’s doing - if he’s not able to be interested in it, why should we care? It did touch upon a lot of elements though - horse racing, casinos, travelling by plane and by sea, some kind of mud bath sauna place, lots of things to visualise.

I was glad to see Felix back too, what’s left of him, and Tiffany seemed like a really interesting character with a hefty back story. A lot of the railway stuff was her idea too so it was nice for Bond to have a gutsy female companion again. I’m looking forward to moving on to the next book in this series.

Rating: 3 / 5

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