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Monday, May 23, 2011

Recently read: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" by Ian Fleming

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond Novels)

I returned to the Bond books, as I've almost reached the end of the novels, in my effort to read them in order.  For a long time, the movie adaption of this book was my favorite of the movies (though now it may be Thunderball) and I wanted to see how the book held up.

It's a bit longer than most of the other novels, but the movie is remarkably faithful to the book (a big change from the previous read The Spy Who Loved Me (reveiwed here), which had nothing to do with the movie except Bond).  The book has Bond, contemplating retirement from the service, meeting the love of his life, Tracy.  Meeting her allows him (through her father) to get a lead on Blofeld, who is in the Swiss Alps, searching for respectability (and plotting, also, lol).

We get the ski chase, and the car chase (with Tracy driving, as in the movie), and the eventual attack on the Alps hideout by Bond with Tracy's father.  We get the bobsled chase, with a bit of a different ending.

We also get the marriage, and the tragic end, as in the movie.  This book forms a good bookend with Casino Royale (the first Bond book) with Tracy and Vesper Lynde being the two great loves of his life, each with different tragic ends.

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