Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.
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.
David Tennant has won critical acclaim for his performance as Detective Alec Hardy in the hugely successful crime drama Broadchurch, a role he is soon to reprise in the upcoming American remake, Gracepoint. He shot to global fame during his tenure as the Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who series, and has starred in a number of other award winning films and television shows, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Single Father. On stage he has played Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II.
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"A Bond bombshell." (Time Magazine)
"Fleming's new book will not disappoint his millions of fans." (Washington Post)
"One of Bond's most ominous and chilling adventures." (Newsweek)
"Fleming at his urbanely murderous best, a notable chapter in the saga of James Bond." (Houston Chronicle)
"Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.' (Sunday Times)
Listened to this with the family on the dread Christmas journey, which takes four hours. They asked for it to be put on as soon as we started the journey home - praise indeed! David Tennant really brings the book to life with an astonishing array of accents, and Ian Fleming's attention to detail when describing cars, action or people was excellent. Almost thought I was in France in a white Lancia instead of rain-sodden Britain in a Volvo (sigh...)
David Tennant narrates this book so well. When you hear this audio book you will realise just how good the original stories are.
One of the best Bond stories ever penned, Bond at his gritty best with real dram & excitement, fantastically narrated!
Of all the Bond books, this is perhaps the most similar to its depiction on film. Yet whereas the film suffers from Lazenby's wooden performance, the audio version of the book is brought to life brilliantly by David Tennant. Hugely enjoyable and highly recommended.
Tennant really brings this to life with all kinds of perfectly pitched character voices and a tone that captures the feel of the book.
Having listened to all the books in order from the start this is my favourite so far (FRWL a close second). Very well read and was captivating throughout.
Sat in the car outside my house for 15 minutes once as I wanted to hear what happened next.
I have always loved the films, even the silly ones. But I was bowled over by the strength of Fleming's writing. It's also reminded me how pale the recent cover versions have been (books not films). The set pieces have real drive and Bond is properly believable. Of course Fleming can't help himself showing off is knowledge of skiing kit, resorts, wine, spirits, gambling, card games, cars, heraldry and clothes. Research must have been great fun before Google. The film (spoiler coming up) follows the book quite closely so if you've seen poor Lazenby bumble through it then you know happens. But this reading is beautifully judged by David Tennant and I can't recommend it highly enough. Getting the next one now!
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