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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview) | [Ian Fleming]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (with Interview)

In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marryTeresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.
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Publisher's Summary

In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to marryTeresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high-explosives from which neither man emerges the victor.

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.

©1963 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    CowPoncho CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03/01/2013
    CowPoncho CARDIFF, United Kingdom 03/01/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    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...)

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    Matt Carter Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom 29/12/2012
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    "If you love Bond you will love this."

    David Tennant narrates this book so well. When you hear this audio book you will realise just how good the original stories are.

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    Ray Aberdeen, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "Much better than the film"

    One of the best Bond stories ever penned, Bond at his gritty best with real dram & excitement, fantastically narrated!

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    "Book better than the film"

    I enjoy the 007 films and just started listening to the book it's better than the film

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    "Best of the series?"

    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.

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    David Tennant is great! Really brings the story to life with his many accents, particularly enjoyed the French ones.

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    "Top notch performance from David Tennant"

    Tennant really brings this to life with all kinds of perfectly pitched character voices and a tone that captures the feel of the book.

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    "names Bond James bond!"

    brilliant Bond end of!
    and having David Tennant reading makes it so much better thanks for this!

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    "Best Bond Book yet"

    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.

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    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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