Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908-1964) est né à Mayfair (Grande-Bretagne). Reporter pour l'agence de presse Reuter, puis agent de change, il mène des missions officieuses pour le Foreign Office et se familiarise avec le monde de l'espionnage. Il crée James Bond en 1952, dans sa petite maison de la Jamaïque baptisée Goldeneye. En 1961, le président Kennedy cite Bons baisers de Russie parmi ses dix romans favoris. L'adaptation cinéma de Dr No est aussitôt mise en chantier. Les romans Bond font un triomphe : 40 millions d'exemplaires vendus. Casino Royale est le premier de la série, ici dans une nouvelle traduction due à Pierre Pevel, spécialiste de l'œuvre et excellent romancier, accompagnant son adaptation cinéma (sortie mondiale : 17 novembre 2006). Découvrez le vrai James Bond !
GwenCOMMENTATEUR N° 11ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR on 30 septembre 2011
Si Ian Fleming nous donna le meilleur de lui-même dans ses romans, il n'en excellait pas moins dans l'art de la nouvelle et ce recueil paru en 1960 en témoigne amplement. Au menu, cinq récits brefs mettant tous en scène l'ami James: From a view to a kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico et The Hildebrand Rarity. Sur des intrigues minimales, Fleming nous offre ici un autre visage de 007, moins héroïque, plus introspectif. Certes, Bond y reste Bond, mais sous l'écorce virile de l'espion au permis de tuer percent les doutes et les failles d'un homme moins invulnérable qu'il n'y paraît à première vue. Personnellement, j'avouerai un petit faible pour la première nouvelle du lot, où l'on apprend incidemment que Bond perdit sa virginité à Paris à l'âge de seize ans! Cela dit, il n'y a rien à jeter dans ce recueil... La prose de Fleming y est de bout en bout égale à elle-même, c'est-à-dire admirable de maîtrise et de sobriété...
Le maitre lui même a écrit ces quelques nouvelles.Certaines sont vraiment meilleures que d'autres.C'est le cas pour Quantum of Solace, dont le dernier film en date ne fait que reprendre le titre.Dans cette histoire James Bond n'agit pas, il écoute une histoire raconté par un autre.Cela permet de connaitre James Bond dans sa vie de tous les jours ou presque.Cela intéressera beaucoup les passionnés.The Hidebrand Rarity est très bon aussi car il contient les prémices d'un Bond avec ses doutes et qui se prend d'affection pour un poisson.Les personnages de Krest et sa femme sont intéressant et le dénouement en clair-obscur tient plus du polar que de l'espionnage.
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Five stories, only three of which are really about 0079 octobre 2003
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The eighth book published in the 007 series is not a self-contained novel, but rather a collection of five short stories-two of which are kind of shoehorned in and aren't really typical Bond pieces. The first story, "From A View To A Kill", is a pretty decent little Cold War espionage piece. In a well-crafted set piece introduction, a dispatch rider from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe headquarters is ambushed and his documents stolen by Soviet spies. As a result of bureaucratic infighting (highly realistic, and doubtless drawn from Fleming's own intelligence experience), M sends Bond to try and figure out the security breakdown. It's a good tale, with an ingenious set of foes, probably the best story of the lot. In "For Your Eyes Only", Bond enters highly murky waters by taking a more or less personal assignment from M to track down the killers of an old friend. It's a highly topical late '50s piece, involving a former Nazi as mastermind, and henchmen drawn from the ranks of Cuban dictator Battista. Interestingly (in hindsight), Bond expresses real sympathy with the rebel Castro's struggle! To act as M's executioner, Bond must travel to Canada and then sneak across the US border to operate in Vermont, which is kind of interesting. Things take a turn for the ridiculous when he stumbles across another revenge seeker, wielding a bow and arrow. The middle story, "Quantum of Solace" isn't a Bond story at all. Rather, it's a story of disaffected marriage told to Bond by his host after a rather boring dinner party. It's actually quite good, but has nothing to do with Bond. "Risico" takes Bond back to action, and places him in Rome, where he is assigned to disrupt the flow of heroin into England. Fleming creates a rather prescient version of "The War on Drugs" by directing Bond to act against the insidious enemy of drugs. It's a classic Bond story in that Bond is easily duped, meets a pretty woman, meets an unlikely ally, and engages in near fatal gunplay. (And of course, at the end, the drug pipeline to England is all a nasty Soviet plot.) The final story, "The Hildebrand Rarity", is again, barely a Bond story-reducing him to observer status. He's not really on the job, but instead inexplicably agrees to hire himself out as a fishing expert in the Seychelles. Basically, he's just there as an audience for another marriage-gone-sour story. There is a villain, there is a murder, but Bond's not really a central character in it. The only real purpose to the story seems to be to allow Fleming to work out his own issues vis-à-vis American millionaires. On the whole, these stories don't add much to the Bond canon. It would have been more interesting had Fleming chose to give us a taste of Bond's action in the Ardennes in WWII, or of the two assignments that led to his 00 designation (both of which are mentioned in Casino Royale). Still, the first story is worth a quick read, and "For Your Eyes Only" and "Risico" will be of interest to those who love the film versions.
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Five Short Tales That Might Leave You Shaken AND Stirred20 juin 2008
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To commemorate what would have been Ian Fleming's 100th birthday, on 5/28/08, and in anticipation of the latest James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," I recently reread Fleming's 1960 offering "For Your Eyes Only" for the first time in 30+ years. Of the 14 Fleming books featuring the exploits of the world's best-known secret agent, only "For Your Eyes Only" and the author's posthumous "Octopussy" (1966) consist of short stories, and the five collected in this earlier volume are a particularly good batch indeed. Two of them had been published previously; the other three were originals for this volume. All feature what is popularly known as the "Fleming Sweep"; the ability of the author, through fast pacing and a remarkable amount of picturesque detail, to make the reader accept even the most improbable of scenarios. And although two of these stories are not exactly espionage tales per se, they all provide insights into the fascinating character that is the literary 007.
The collection starts off strongly with "From a View to a Kill," in which Bond is given the task of finding out who has been murdering governmental dispatch riders on their motorbikes and stealing top-secret documents. The tale takes place in the suburbs of Paris and features some exciting gunplay at the conclusion, as well as an intriguing female ally, Mary Ann Russell, who we unfortunately do not get to know overly well.
In the title story, "For Your Eyes Only," Bond goes on a personal mission for his boss, M, whose old friends, the Havelocks, have just been killed by an ex-Gestapo agent named von Hammerstein and his Cuban hitmen. In the northernmost wilderness of Vermont, Bond finds these men in a mountain lodge, and (as in the 1981 film, which otherwise is completely different from this story) encounters the Havelocks' daughter, hot on the vengeance trail herself. The suspense quotient in this tale is very high, as Bond uses all his commando skills to sneak up on the villains' lair, and, as in the collection's first story, an explosive finale caps things off. A most satisfying tale indeed.
The book's third offering, "Quantum of Solace," originally appeared, of all places, in the May 1958 issue of "Cosmopolitan" magazine. This is a most unusual story in the Bond canon; indeed, it is one that is narrated TO Bond by the governor of Nassau, where 007 had just completed an assignment involving Cuban revolutionaries. The governor's after-dinner tale concerns a couple that he once knew in Bermuda society; one whose marriage went sour after infidelity, jealousy and bitterness poisoned it. It is a fascinating story of domestic hell, and one that makes Bond realize that his (previously regarded) exciting life may be a little dull when compared to some others'.
In "Risico," M, much against his will, condescends to involve his Secret Service in drug busting, and sends Bond on a mission to Rome and Venice to smash the heroin ring that had recently started to corrupt British youths. Bond encounters two rival smugglers in Rome, Kristatos and Colombo (again, two characters that feature in the "For Your Eyes Only" film, in a wholly different context), as well as the mysteriously motivated Austrian Lisl Baum (ditto), and participates in a ship raid on a drug-storage warehouse. The story is fast paced and generally exciting, and features an incredible amount of travelogue detail to add to its realism.
The collection concludes with "The Hildebrand Rarity," which initially appeared in the March 1960 issue of "Playboy." Like "Quantum of Solace," this is not really a secret agent tale, but rather an adventure that Bond is involved in, after investigating certain security arrangements in the Seychelle Islands for the British Admiralty. He and his friend Fidele Barbey (similar to the Quarrel character in 1958's "Dr. No") are hired by a boorish American millionaire, Milton Krest (a completely different character than the one portrayed by Anthony Zerbe in 1989's "Licence to Kill"), to go on an expedition to capture a rare tropical fish for the Smithsonian. Aboard Krest's luxury yacht, Bond meets Krest's attractive and abused wife and gets involved in a sudden murder. Fleming's love of scuba diving yields effective results here; his detailed descriptions of undersea life are both gorgeous and evocative. This story, although lacking any real action per se, features wonderful characters, great suspense and a nicely ambiguous conclusion. Like "Quantum," it is an unusual Bond story that succeeds marvelously, bringing to a conclusion this rather winning collection of (as the book's subtitle puts it) "Five Secret Exploits of James Bond." The book should serve as proof positive that novelist Ian Fleming had a sure hand with the shorter form as well. It is required reading, needless to say, for all fans of 007.
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Five secret moments in Bond's life3 février 1998
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All five stories included are good, but somehow uneven, making the overall rating hard to decide between a 7 and a 10. The first one, "From a View to a Kill", is fast-paced, good writing with a thrilling episode showing 007 in a motorbike being consciuosly chased by a foreign assassin. The hidden base of the unnamed enemies is another preview of the ellaborate headquarters Bond nemesis would use in the films. M is not present this time. This title was cut to "A View to a Kill" for the film, which resembles nothing of this compact short story. The title adventure is much more insightful, making one sweat with 007 as he approaches Gonzales place in the forest ready to shoot the man. The license to kill is more than justified by this tale only. Good heroine. "Quantum of Solace" is one of the strangest Bond episodes, actually being a story told to 007 in which he hasn't anything to do with. Bond's mission is interesting but put by Fleming in a single paragraph. It's the story of a married couple that makes this episode, and it's excellent. Really! It shows Fleming no short than in Somerset Maugham's level, with a lesson not of moral but of life (and leaving 007 questioning about HIS life). A jewel distant of the Bond canon, even more than "The Spy Who Loved Me". "Risico" is excellent Bond in a more traditional way. It's an adventure set in Italy and involving drug smugglers, with a terrific and human villain named Kristatos and an equally terrific and human ally named Colombo. The beach fight, the minefield run and the table-recorder are pure inspiration. The final story, "The Hildebrandt Rarity", is another off-the-track Bond, this time with a villain out of everyday life. Millionaire Milton Krest is nasty in the real sense. The story ends with a question mark about who killed the bastard (I guess Krest wife did it). Fleming is again king of the undersea realms, making us sad for the fishes and other species killed by Krest's venom in order to catch the red-and-black fish that gives its name to the title. An excellent, different collection.
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Bond Short Stories2 avril 2013
David I. Williams
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This book contains five James Bond short stories. All of them are quite good. Fleming had a real knack with short stories.
In "A View To A Kill" Bond tracks down the killers of a classified document courier. He comes up against a brutal and clever set of foes. In "For Your Eyes Only" he is on the trail of a brutal Cuban general who is not above using violence to achieve his end. Unfortunately for this general and his friends, Bond's 00 means that he is licensed to kill. After the general kills an Englishman who is a friend of M's Bond intends to do just that. That is if he can deal with the young woman who seems to be getting in his way.
"Quantum of Solace" is a strange Bond tale. No real spy stuff here. He listens as the Governor of Jamaica tells a story about an old friend. At the end of the story Bond realizes that sometimes the people with the most interesting stories are right in front of him and that he needs to not write certain people of as uninteresting so quickly. The plot of "Risico" will be familiar to those who remember the film version of "For Your Eyes Only." It is the story of a smuggler who is dangerous and needs to be eliminated. The only problem is that Bond has to figure out which of the smugglers he is dealing with is the man behind the drug trade. Finally "The Hildebrand Rarity" is a sea adventure complete with the rich, sadistic American millionaire, his beautiful wife, the search for a rare fish, and murder.
All of the stories are well written and quite entertaining.
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Short Stories About Adventure12 avril 2007
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This book has five short stories that were originally written for magazines. Some of them were later used in the "James Bond" series of films. Note the similarities between "Quantum of Solace" to "The Hildebrand Rarity". This is a good sample of Fleming's works.
"From A View To A Kill" tells of the killing of a dispatch rider outside of Paris to steal his official messages. James Bond is called to solve this mystery after the experts were stumped. The search dogs found nothing, but there was a problem by a deserted campground. Bond searches and finds some hidden marks on some trees. By waiting and watching in camouflage he discovers the secret. The pages tell how this threat was neutralized.
"For Your Eyes Only" tells how a property in Jamaica went up for sale. Eventually this news reached London and M. sends James Bond to take care of this problem. But someone else has the same idea. They cooperate to get rough justice in the Adirondacks.
"Quantum of Solace" tells how James Bond was sent to Jamaica to stop arms sales to the Cuban rebels (Bond's sympathies were with the rebels). Bond planted firebombs on the arms ships. Later Bond has a conversation with the Governor, who explains what keeps a marriage together. He then tells a very interesting story about a married couple and their fates.
"Risico" is about a risky business that will involve James Bond. It is to stop the Italian connection that is bringing narcotics to England. Bond learns more form his target, and sails to visit a foreign port. Mission accomplished. But what happened afterwards?
"The Hildebrand Rarity" has James Bond vacationing in the Seychelles (to scope out the islands for M.), Milton Krest explains how charitable foundations are used to dodge taxes on the rich. Krest explains how he acquires rare specimens. [The dollar figures dates this story.] Krest will use a chemical to capture the rare fish. Krest has great wealth, power, and the pride that goes with it. There is a problem that night but Bond makes it go away. Who could have misplaced that rare poisonous fish?