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He treats criminals of a different race or nationality with apparent awareness they are skilled or dangerous despite his prejudices, even realizing sometimes his prejudices lulled him into a mistaken judgement call which nearly costs him his life or failure of his assignment. I think Bond's racism and sexism is based on what was normal post-war English social class and educational beliefs, alongside an ignorance from a lack of extensive cultural contact outside of his social bubble. I think maybe, maybe , Fleming was intentionally focusing the character of Bond on having prejudices.
I am beginning to wonder about this maybe authorial intentionality based on a subtle undertone pattern I am beginning to suss out after reading four of the books in the series. Every time Bond encounters these not-English people on these assignments, he appears to grudgingly accept this individual or that person as much more competent than he had expected.
I am beginning to think author Ian Fleming was doing what many authors do - introduce and revolve plots around a character which not only does not entirely reflect his views, but is less sophisticated and knowledgeable or more exaggerated than what the author thinks. It is as if James Bond undergoes a reluctant, slow, inching-forward, slight coming-of-age in each book, noticeably a plot pattern, as I have read the series. Was Bond more than a surface caricature sorely needed by an almost defeated nation after World War II?
Was Fleming taking his country to the woodshed within a subtly satiric series about a personality type that almost destroyed Britain through arrogance and ignorance? I am starting to wonder Perhaps, Fleming also was undergoing a slight evolution of mind despite his upper-crust identity as his books became popular in spite of their very White post-war English viewpoint.
Do I really need to describe the plot of 'Diamonds are Forever'? Ok, then. Diamonds are being smuggled out of Africa. Since an English company owns the African mines, Bond is put on the case by M to find whoever is masterminding the stealing.
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To do this, it means he must follow the mule, or mules, carrying the diamonds secretly through international borders from Africa to England to Las Vegas in America, as it turns out. M, Bond's secret service boss, through his contacts discovers who one of the mules is, and Bond inserts himself into the mule's place in London. Bond happens to look a lot like the carrier for the diamond smuggling outfit. So, undercover, he meets the other carrier as well as card sharp, the gorgeous Tiffany Case, and the nefarious assassins Wint and Kidd, and other members of the Spangler Gang, as he tries to unmask the criminal leader of the gang known only as the mysterious 'ABC'.
Of course, there is horse racing, and card games, and guns and shootings, car chases, explosions, helicopters, and martial arts, weird criminals with fetishes and ticks, and even an ocean voyage of deadly danger on the Queen Elizabeth. There are continuing characters, so possibly readers should start with Casino Royale. But it is possible readers will not abide Bond's mild racism or the old-fashioned type of male-romance spy-thriller Fleming indulged himself in writing. It is a little bit like spending time in the company of an old White ex-military grandfather.
But at least he can tell an exciting story!
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Have some tolerance and learn, gentle reader. This is what the 's were like. This is from what we all have moved on. Most of us. View all 12 comments. Jun 29, El rated it it was ok Shelves: bond-james-bond , 20th-centurylit-late , read-in-a-blink , library-borrow. So because George Lazenby couldn't make it as James Bond in the previous movie, Sean Connery was back for Diamonds Are Forever , which the trailer behind the link points out a whole lot.
The theme songs are nearly as important to me as the films themselves. For those of us who pay attention or at least re So because George Lazenby couldn't make it as James Bond in the previous movie, Sean Connery was back for Diamonds Are Forever , which the trailer behind the link points out a whole lot. For those of us who pay attention or at least remember to go back to do a little research , Guy Hamilton also directed this one in addition to Goldfinger.
Having just finished On Her Majesty's Secret Service yesterday and being pleasantly surprised by how much it didn't actually suck, reading Diamonds Are Forever today was sort of a return to the meh-hood of the previous Bond books I've read. Here's my theory: Bond doesn't belong in America. Or Fleming doesn't belong in America. Someone doesn't belong in America and when Fleming writes Bond in America? Things get dirty. And not in a good way. It's like Bond's racism comes out in full force when he visits the States, full of awkwardness, Paula-Deen-style: Bond had a natural affection for coloured people, but he reflected how lucky England was compared with America where you had to live with the colour problem from your schooldays up.
He smiled as he remembered something Felix Leiter had said to him on their last assignment together in America. Bond had referred to Mr. Big, the famous Harlem criminal, as 'that damned nigger'.
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Leiter had picked him up. Something that doesn't come up in the trailer is that Jimmy Dean that's right, the sausage guy had a role in the movie. I don't know why that struck me as so funny, but it was. Laugh, dammit. Missing from the book are Bambi and Thumper which makes one wonder why they were added to the movie at all. But then, oh yeah, that's Hollywood.
There wasn't enough skin and sex in the book, so let's create these two. I remember that scene exceptionally well from my childhood. For some reason, that made an impression on me. Also made an impression on me as a young movie-viewer were the characters Mr. Kidd , portrayed by two very creepy characters. I had blocked them out until seeing them again on the screen now and all of it came flooding back to me. These assassins didn't play as large of a part in the book, or at least not to the same degree of creepiness so therefore didn't frighten me as much on reading them. Before anyone gets all upset, the creepiness factor wasn't because the characters are lovers.
I couldn't give a shit. But those actors? Are seriously creepy. Dear Mr. Fleming: Please stop writing Bond in America. It just Next up View all 9 comments. May 22, BrokenTune rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed. The scorpion had decided. Greed had won over fear. They even make up for his writing about what passes for romance in these Bond novels.
But I'll get to that later. In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond is tasked to invest "Slowly the sting slid home into its sheath and the nerves on the poison sac at its base relaxed. There are plenty of typical Bond capers which include passing himself off as someone else, getting entangled with a woman while undercover haha and converting her to the right side i.
Bond's side , blowing things up, gambling, and trying to foil the bad guys while Bond is being rescued himself by his friends. As you know, I'm not a huge fan of James Bond himself, but in this novel he actually acknowledges how much he owes to his friend Felix Leiter. In fact, we get to know quite a bit about Felix - he has a sense of humor and he is happy to challenge Bond's snobbery.
He's straight-talking, homophobic, but can be tactful, and he doesn't burn bridges. Leiter drinks just as much as Bond, which is probably another reason why they are friends. Anyway, the cast of supporting characters in this book is what I enjoyed most. We have Leiter, and we have Tiffany Case, who is not a push over like her film counterpart but a pretty strong and independent woman with a tough past that leads her to reject other people, especially men.
Throughout the book I actually wondered how scenes might be written differently if they were told from her perspective - I would also have hoped that this might give me a clue about what on earth attracts her to this "Bond person" that she knows is lying to her on their first meeting.
But alas, the book follows the adventure of James Bond I know. That is not saying much. We still get Bond pondering in the following way: "But was he prepared for the consequences? Once he had taken her by the hand it would be forever. He would be in the role of the healer, the analyst, to whom the patient had transferred her love and trust on her way out of the illness. There would be no cruelty equal to dropping her hand once he had taken it in his. Was he ready for all that that meant in his life and his career? Like she needs him to heal her and save her and But, as I said, it looks like he's come a long way since Live and Let Die where he described Solitaire as his "prize".
The characters I enjoyed most were, as in the other books, Bond's evil counterparts, except that in Diamonds Are Forever, the best baddies are not the criminal masterminds but their two henchmen: Wint and Kidd. They are such an unlikely duo, and yet, so evil. There is a scene in a spa that will stick in my memory for quite some time View 2 comments. This more felt like Bond visits various locations with a little bit of spying on the side. The setup is no different to any other, Bond meets M and gets his mission I do enjoy the relationship these two have , Bond sets off on mission and finds a lady to admire and try to woo book Bond is not as suave with the women as film Bond , Bond does a bit of shooting and puzzle solving, Bond gets the bad guy and the mission is a success.
Overall it was disappointing even the gambling aspect was toned down in this one which is quite a shock as a large chunk is in Vegas! If you enjoy this try: Anything by Vince Flynn View all 8 comments. I really enjoyed this a lot. Once again the book is far superior to the film with Fleming's excellent writing.
Damien Lewis is just brilliant with the narration, a real master at the different accents throughout. Sep 15, Jesse A rated it liked it Shelves: audiobook , library-it-up. The blandest Bond volume I've read. Normal amounts of sexism, imperialism, and racism. Rather dull. Oct 12, Cyndi rated it really liked it. How do I find myself with feelings of sadness for James and his life of international duplicity? Still, after 4 Bond novels, the end of the adventure leaves me with soft feelings for the often misogynist Who knew???
This was a well crafted piece. Good story, somewhat more assertive female foil and nice continuity. Now to 5. Feb 17, Paul Alkazraji rated it really liked it. No rough diamond. To discover just who is filching British diamonds from an African mine, James Bond is sent undercover along a smuggling pipeline to follow it to the end. That said, the pace soon picks up as Bond flees through the desert near Las Vegas with gangster Connery. That is until crack shot Bond sends him to a thundering end along a rusty branch line with a bullet from his Beretta. There is a tense enough climax too as Bond climbs down the side of The Queen Elizabeth cruise ship hanging on a knotted bed sheet to try to rescue Tiffany Case in a cabin below.
By this reviewer Sometimes I feel guilty about reading the James Bond novels, since Bond and Fleming are racist misogynistic snobs. But sometimes the action pulls you in and you overlook things like ridiculous personality flaws among all the protagonists. With this book, I have no reason to feel guilty, except that I finished it.
This is a terrible book with tons of padding and travelogue in between the brief action sequences; it reads like a novella that Fleming's editors told him to triple in size. The final a Sometimes I feel guilty about reading the James Bond novels, since Bond and Fleming are racist misogynistic snobs. The final action sequences are maybe the only worthwhile section of the book and Tiffany Case the only heroine so far drawn halfway realistically emphasis on halfway. To get there you must read pages of what Bond ate at the local restaurants, learned about Las Vegas and Saratoga Springs, and felt like doing to kill time.
My favorite sequence is when Bond walks off the plane in Vegas and looks contemptuously at the slot machines and "oxygen bar"--and then proceeds to play the slots and sample the oxygen. He's an idiot. View 1 comment. One of the weaker Bond novels in the series, this installment is more akin to a crime novel and a spy thriller that you'd normally associate with Fleming's famous agent.
The discrimination of Bonds travels are fascinating and one of my favorite aspects of the book. There's quite long sections where he's visiting a casino and a racetrack. Even though this isn't the strongest entry in One of the weaker Bond novels in the series, this installment is more akin to a crime novel and a spy thriller that you'd normally associate with Fleming's famous agent. Even though this isn't the strongest entry in the series I still found it an easy and enjoyable read. I decided to read through all the James Bond books from the very beginning of Fleming's now wildly popular and evolved character.
I'm glad I stuck with it because by book four Fleming finally hit his stride. The first two books had great plots but the writing was clunky. The third book was a mess and I was discouraged.
Now I'm revived! Diamonds are Forever comes in at a tight pages, and it keeps Fleming's typical plot pace but the writing is much smoother and Fleming finally discovered how to I decided to read through all the James Bond books from the very beginning of Fleming's now wildly popular and evolved character. Diamonds are Forever comes in at a tight pages, and it keeps Fleming's typical plot pace but the writing is much smoother and Fleming finally discovered how to use adjectives. This Bond Girl is a full character with a fleshed out backstory and she saves Bond's thoroughly-whopped butt in the end.
Good stuff, Mr. Looking forward to number 5. On the trail of a diamond smuggling pipeline, originating in Africa and moving through London on its way to New York and Las Vegas, Bond goes undercover as a diamond mule. He works with the beautiful but damaged Tiffany Case, hoping to use her connections to infiltrate the vicious Spangled Mob. Bond has a misadventure at a Saratoga Springs horse race before landing in Sin City. A battle of wits with the head of the Spangled Gang leads to a desperate showdown in a reclaimed desert mining town. A climactic encounter with a pair of brutal killers aboard the QEII puts a dramatic flourish on the caper.
By the time of its publication, Fleming had done a good job of establishing the super spy and his world. He made mistakes and had blind spots. The fun is in seeing how Fleming extracted his hero from the mad scenarios where the author had deposited him. Fleming provided a detailed look at the life of a high end international vagabond. Fleming also had a knack for sketching out brutal action sequences and clever bits of spycraft. As always, seeing Bond navigate an undercover assignment while essentially acting like himself was one of the more entertaining aspects of the story.
Bond expressed some gender and racial attitudes that were period-accurate but could be difficult for some modern readers to swallow. Diamonds Are Forever is as enjoyable as the earlier outings. Feb 08, F. One of the strengths of Fleming - which I'm discovering on re-reading these books - is his descriptions of locations. The portrayal of the desert town with sand blowing over the strip is incredibly well done and really places the reader there.
I suppose it isn't just his sense of location, he is also good at capturing the time in which he is writing, really bringing the fifties to live. As oppossed to say a Mike Hammer novel a character One of the strengths of Fleming - which I'm discovering on re-reading these books - is his descriptions of locations. As oppossed to say a Mike Hammer novel a character who is referenced here who lives in a kind of Sin City version of New York, Bond is a real character in the real world. The movies would have you believe that James Bond is only ever saving the world, but in this novel he's simply smashing a diamond smuggling ring although the villain's hideout is called Spectre.
The action is - as usual - very well done, but more interestingly the character of Bond is developing. In this novel Bond actually considers falling in love with Tiffany Case and what that would mean to him and his career. In conversation he even talks about when he'll have kids, and it seems that behind the macho bravado, there is a man who wants to settle down and relax albeit to a s type of wife who does all the cooking. Food is again prevelant in this book, though not as much as in Live and Let Die.
If there is a flaw then it's that the main villain isn't strong enough. However Wint and Kidd - his henchman - are fairly terrifying, and a much better coupling than they are in the film. In fact it's intereting that in both book and film they are gay, and yet in the book which was written 15 years before the film, they are serious hitmen as oppossed to camped up characatures.
All in all, a thriller I would definitely recommend. Diamonds are being smuggled from Africa through to the American Mafia. Who do you call in to smash this nefarious ring? James Bond, naturally. Of course, in this modern age of witnessing just how little the federal government can accomplish and accomplish well , it is really no surprise the James Bond can, singlehandedly, do more than any agency of the American government can do. Ian Diamonds are being smuggled from Africa through to the American Mafia. Ian Fleming was just ahead of his time. Anyway, like the other Bond books that I've read in this series, this one was reasonably enjoyable.
I'm enjoying getting to know the "real" James Bond, since up to now, I've only been familiar with the movie version. Bond is really much more about the work than he is about the ladies and I rather prefer that. Carry on! Another entertaining Bond adventure which finds on the trail of an American diamond smuggling ring.
As always there is lots of action, but many nice moments with Miss Case. Entertaining and an exciting read. It's been fun working through the Bond series again. Mar 09, Dan Young rated it really liked it. Best one yet. Still seems a little shallow in the character department, and Bond falling deeply and helplessly in love every book is getting a touch old. Dan Brown types of adventures that gave everyone a glimpse of new lands. Fleming is a better writer than advertised. Nov 25, Darwin8u rated it it was ok Shelves: My least favorite Ian Fleming thus far.
Maybe I'm just spoiled with Chandler, Hammett, Thompson, et al. To be fair, it did pick up a little bit towads the end, but it was uneven, with a plodding narrative. Another excellent instalment in the James Bond series. I have probably read these about three times now. View all 5 comments. I've stated many times that James Bond is a chauvinistic pig, but these books are packed to the pocket with adventure. Diamonds are Forever didn't fully keep my interest while I worked but I enjoyed myself for the most part. Be still my beating heart, my previous wish was fulfilled because Felix Lighter made a return appearance.
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How appropriate that I pictured him as McCree from Overwatch because the spy with a heart as big as Texas came back with a hook hand and a limp. Considering how awful hi I've stated many times that James Bond is a chauvinistic pig, but these books are packed to the pocket with adventure. Considering how awful his attack was described in Live and Let Die, he got out lucky. He's got such swagger and I love listening to narrators incorporate his twang through his dialogue. He's a total cowboy babe and I would rather read his tumbleweed exploits rather than James Bond's.
My favorite part of the book was at the horse races. It was so exciting to hear each horse announced and the action built up as the race progressed. The race was fixed in Bond's favor and it was amusing to see the announcer recant the winning horse for to win. Damian Lewis did a magnificent job narrating this scene as well as giving separate voices for an important auction later in the book. I hope I can find more audiobooks narrated by him in the future that shares the same frenzy as the horse races.
Tiffany Case was the Bond girl in Diamonds are Forever and she fit well. She wasn't overtly sexual due to being assaulted in her past but she was able to tell Bond how she felt towards him. I didn't pay that much attention to her while I was listening but I gathered that she was the right gal to have when you wanted a con job done well.
The adventure and glamour of Diamonds are Forever was exciting but there were moments where my interest dipped. Bond investigates a diamond smuggling ring in an adventure that brings him back to the states for another meeting with his good friend Felix Leiter. Felix is sporting a hook for a hand and presumably and artificial leg due to the shark attack from Live and Let Die, so that's a pretty major continuity change when compared to the movies. Actually the books have been very different than the movies so far, in most cases only the title and some of the character names being directly related to the nove Bond investigates a diamond smuggling ring in an adventure that brings him back to the states for another meeting with his good friend Felix Leiter.
Actually the books have been very different than the movies so far, in most cases only the title and some of the character names being directly related to the novels. The novels come across as more straight forward and realistic, but I'm a huge fan of the films so in a way I like them both equally.
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This wasn't my favorite as it seemed to lack a certain spark, but it was still enjoyable. I don't know why I waited so long to finally read the James Bond novels but I'm enjoying them all. If you're a Bond fan, it's probably worth reading at least of a few of the novels to give you an idea of the character's roots. Jan 26, Rob Thompson rated it really liked it Shelves: audio , thriller , reviewed , challenge , fiction. Death is forever.
But so are diamonds And so my project to read all of the original series of James Bond novels in continues! Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth book by Ian Fleming and was initially published back in In the book Bond smashes a diamond smuggling operation, the pipeline of which originates in the mines of Sierra Leone and ends in Las Vegas. Along the way Bond meets and falls in love with one of the members of the criminal gang, Tiffany Case. It was interesting to compare Death is forever.
It was interesting to compare the plot of the book to the movie of the same name. In the novel there's no Blofield clone or Blofield in drag, no moonbuggy and no exploding oil rig. Tiffany Case is portrayed as intelligent, strong and a survivor and is probably Fleming's most fully fleshed out female character so far but in the movie she is portrayed as shallow, dumb eye candy.
Bond actually falls in love with Case, the first time he has done so since Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. We also get to see his sensitive side too. He becomes protective and treats her sympathetically and delicately. Typically, he knocks women about a fair bit and is generally a misogynistic swine. He also steps in to defend an innocent woman a manicurist who is being verbally and physically abused: good for him! As expected there is a degree of unacceptable language used, but thankfully nowhere near the excruciating level that was present in Live and Let Die.
Jews, Italians, blacks and homosexuals are all mentioned in a very derogatory manner. Also, the villains were somewhat feeble: Jack and Serrafimo Spang were described as being the hardest of the criminal gang but are never given enough time to prove this. I thought that it was a shame as it was one of the best parts of Casino Royale and gave the reader an insight into how Bond thinks and acts when he was under pressure and in significant distress. The book also describes a lot of travel in a fair amount of detail; multiple locations are visited, for example New York City, Saratoga Springs, Las Vegas, etc.
But it is interesting to hear Fleming's observations and musings on the USA and the American way of life from a mid-fifties perspective. Fleming's action set pieces are full of tension and excitement and are what really makes the book. The ones earlier on, for example the mud bath scene are better than the ones later on, the train chase through the desert for instance.
Unfortunately, yet again we get drawn out gambling scenes explained in excruciating levels of detail. I have to confess that this tends to bore me and in Diamonds Are Forever we have the added "thrill" of not only card playing but horse racing too. So in summary, probably the weakest of the Bond novels so far with too much exposition about the mechanics of diamond smuggling and I felt that Bond succeeded in his mission primarily by luck and violence alone.
Criticisms aside it was still exciting, plus it contained enough action to keep me entertained. Like the name of the novel itself: this book is a gem albeit perhaps not the most sparking one.