James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Toby Stephens.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Toby Stephens' expansive list of credits in film, theatre and television have earned him critical acclaim as a stage and screen actor of distinction. He will soon reprise his role as Captain Flint in the second season of Starz's drama Black Sails, and recently starred in the critically acclaimed Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End. Other theatre credits include Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at London's Old Vic Theatre and Ibsen's Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. On film he played Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
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"Highly polished, irresistible." (Sunday Times)
"Mr. Fleming is in a class by himself." (Daily Mail)
"Mr. Fleming...has never concocted a richer brew." (New Yorker)
"Fleming is intensely observant, acutely literate and can turn a cliché into a silk purse with astute alchemy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"Fleming's tautest, most exciting and most brilliant tale." (Times Literary Supplement)
I usually choose an audio book because of the narrator not the author, so having seen the movie of “From Russia With Love” I felt this would be an easy choice, albeit not a very adventurous one. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book contains much more depth, some fascinating characters that never made it to film, and a completely side to Bond which makes him much more fallible, vulnerable and therefore interesting as the central figure. Toby Stephens is excellent as always. He provides light and shade to the characters and his narration adds tension to the plot without ever seeming OTT. Well worth a try.
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Much has obviously been written elsewhere about the history of Agent 007 in literay and filmic terms and will be written again through the future in all forms. I read the majority of the original James Bond books in my later school years before college with the exceptions of Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me and loved them from day one.
As such when I heard of the Bond Reloaded series I was very enthusiastic and based on what I just finished, I was right to be so. I picked FRWL based on it having been read by Toby Stevens who read Carte Blanche - One of the best parts of that also excellent audiobook.
Despite taking a while to get used once again to the familliar Fleming writing style I fell in love all over again. I was particularly partial to the accents given to Darko which makes the character seem like the kind of person I would love to know in that world and Rosa Kleb, the "Toad" of SMERSH.
I plan to go through them all eventually but before I go, I must say this. Thank you Mr Fleming for many days of happy reading. Bravo. An excelent release. Please buy this and the others if you can, Well worth your money.
A great story skilfully constructed and brilliantly written by Ian Fleming, it is superbly narrated by Toby Stephens and is guaranteed to enthrall and excite the listener. The film was one of the best of the Bond series but it pales when set beside the book which is so much better. And what a superb cast of characters - Red Grant, the chilling Irish-German psychotic killer: Darko Karim Bey, the head of Station T in Istanbul; the poisonous (in every sense!) Colonel Rosa Klebb of SMERSH; the beautiful and seductive Tatiana Romanova; Bond himself, of course - all brought brilliantly to life through the skill of Fleming's writing and Toby Stephen's excellent narration.This is outstanding and thrilling entertainment and is highly recommended.
Loved this audiobook as not only am I a massive James Bond fan but also love Toby Stephens! He tells the story so well with his really soothing voice and very good accents you forget it's still him reading it! Could listen to it over and over!
Pure escapism, brought to life by superb narration and characterization. It's about time we had unabridged versions of Ian Fleming's masterpieces; anything less is a travesty.
TFW Coach and owner of TFW London
Have loved this book for years. But Toby's reading takes it to another level there's just something about his voice that really brings Fleming ' s discriptions to life
I was really looking forward to this book as From Russia With Love rates as one of my favourite Bond films. The narration is excellent and its a top story but the pace just feels slow compared to the other books I have listened to. There is still some first rate characterization and development and others may find that it rolls along just fine. The 3 stars overall is based purely on its pace and more languid approach than previous adaptions.
I would recommend it because it is a very good story with a extremely gripping finale and the Toby Stephens narration is amazing.
I would, obviously, compare it to the other Fleming books I've read/listened to so far. It is slower-paced than 'Casino Royale' and 'Moonraker' (it builds towards the finale very slowly) and it is quite similar to 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Live And Let Die' pace-wise but the characters are much stronger than DAF and there are a lot more action set pieces in LALD.
Everything. I thought Bill Nighy was unmatchably incredible in 'Moonraker' but Toby Stephens was just as good here. So much passion went into it. Really brought the characters to life, even with all the russian accents etc.
The finale was incredibly moving and action-packed. I can't believe it ended the way it did though!
I have listened to and read most of the Bond books. This is one that I am not usually as fond of because of the slow build up without Bond. However, this audio book is read so brilliantly by Toby Stephens that I was mesmerised and began to enjoy all the detail and slow weaving of the plot. Well worth listening to.
Very good bond book if you like the others. Quite tense and good development of the villains.
Even if you've seen the film it throws up some surprises and this story in particular benefits from bonds thoughts and hearing the reasoning behind some of the actions of our characters playing out like chess pieces which for me made the actions and motivation.
Toby Stephens is fantastic and does a great job with the characters voices.
"A classical Bond in an elegant style"
I will return with pleasure to this audio, for the perfume of that times so well described in the book and most of all, for the incredible voice of Toby Stephens.
The book has some of the best ingredients for success : espionage, mystery, love story, friendship, travelling with one of the most romantic conveyance - the Orient Express
His outstanding performance took me in the middle of the story, mixing drama, mystery and feelings with extraordinary easiness. Listening to this audio book with all his old fashioned characters, impersonated by Toby Stephens with so much style and depth, it's a literary experience which turns into a personal one and that is why you will always want to return.
I have had many moments when I hardly stopped the device.
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