The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

Published May 28, 2021

The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

Book info

  • Title The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Author Ian Fleming
  • Year 1962
  • Genre Thriller

Vivienne Michel is a troubled young woman on the run. Fleeing England she comes to a deserted motel in the Adirondack Mountains where she thinks she has finally escaped her past. Sluggsy and Horror are ruthless mobsters on a mission of their own. Holding a terrified Viv hostage in the motel, they plot death and destruction. Bond has just one night to take on the gangsters. But with two hardened killers to outwit, and time running out, can he save Vivienne - and himself?


What a weird entry in the Bond back catalogue? It’s like those Sherlock stories where the eponymous hero doesn’t come in until right at the last minute and there’s all this bizarre backstory that you have to fight to care about beforehand. This is similar, in that we hear all about Vivienne’s life history and it’s not until the last minute that Bond appears.

Also, it’s not like a big conspiracy that the agent needs to resolve, it’s just a situation that he stumbles across and barely makes it out of alive. It’s just odd from start to finish!

Rating: 2 / 5

← Previous The Dig by John Preston
Next → In Stitches by Nick Edwards