Now Reading Ian Fleming’s Live and Let Die

The other day I finished my second Agatha Christie novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and I immediately turned to another book I checked out from the library at the same time, Ian Fleming’s Live and Let Die.  I thought it would be interesting to try out more than one of Fleming’s 007 novels to get a real feel for what they’re like.

Of course, I’ve seen the movie starring Roger Moore several times, so I’m already familiar with the basics of the story.  As with Casino Royale, I’m looking to see what differences there are between the novel and the movie.  I checked out the paperback version from the library, and here’s a quick summary of what the book is about:

Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big – master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death.  James Bond has no time for superstition – he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat.  More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on to the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced.  And no one, not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end…

I’m looking forward to seeing how this novel turns out and to see further see how Fleming portrays Bond.  If you’ve read Live and Let Die, I’d love to hear what you think.


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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