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Summary

When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn’t take him long to realise that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn’t want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her.

Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Rosamund Pike.

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.

Rosamund Pike is a contemporary and multifaceted actress who has earned international acclaim for both her stage and film roles. She is soon to take the lead as Amy Dunne in the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Gone Girl, and will also star in the upcoming BBC comedy What We Did On Our Holiday. She recently starred in Hector and The Search For Happiness and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Past film credits include Jack Reacher, Wrath Of The Titans, Die Another Day, An Education and Made In Dagenham, among others. On television, Pike has been working on the upcoming re-invention of classic children’s series Thunderbirds Are Go! in which she will voice International Rescue agent Lady Penelope.

©1962 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.

Critic reviews

"Ian Fleming keeps you riveted. His narrative pulls with the smooth power of Bond's Thunderbird." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Ruthlessly, fashionably efficient in both love and war." ( The Times)
"Muscularly brilliant...not for prudes." ( Evening Standard)
"If there’s a better writer of pure thrillers than Fleming, the name escapes me" ( The Boston Globe)
"Mr. Fleming is splendid; he stops at nothing." ( New Statesman)

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Not a 'typical' Bond book...

So let's set out a few things about the book:
# Bond doesn't appear until part 3 (90 odd pages in)
# When Bond does appear, he's not there in any official capacity (it's pure luck he turns up and saves the day)
# The whole book is written in the first person perspective of Vivienne Michel
# Part 1 is about Viv's previous life and lovers, Part 2 is about 2 low life crooks who show up at a Motel she's looking after
# There is no "villain", no plot to foil, and very little Bond action. Bond saving the day is basically rescuing Viv from being sexually assaulted and preventing an insurance scam. That's it. Nothing else.

And as much a I like Rosamund Pike, her narration as Canadian Viv is OK but once she's gets to Bond, the crooks or the police, the accents and narration are just terrible (verging on sounding like she has cotton wool in her mouth at times). Her Bond particularly is bland, boring and flat.

Overall the story is interesting, but it is in no way a James Bond novel, or even a spy novel. Fleming himself admitted to copying the style of an author he liked, and tried to stop the book being re-published (even denying he wrote it). When he sold the film rights, he stipulated that no part of the book could be used apart from the title.

I knew most of the above before downloading, and I listened to the book as part of wanting to complete all of Fleming's work.

If you're wanting a James Bond action adventure novel, stay clear.

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Bond Cameo Gem

This is an unusual Bond example as Fleming writes from a female perspective (of the time in which it was written) and despite the views of some misguided detractors (imho) I think he pulls it off with style and aplomb. I think it's a brilliant listen with Rosamund Pike performing superbly in the first person narration role. Okay, the villains are a bit thinly drawn but a very suave if fallible Bond and lovely but vulnerable Vivienne more than make up for it with their dynamic sexual chemistry. Listen without prejudice and enjoy.

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Best narration I have heard in a long time. Wow!

Fantastic performance!!! The writing was 10/10 and the story an 8/10.
One if my favourite books, written from the first person past tense perspective.
This book is written from the perspective of The Bond Girl. (Through her eyes, not Bond.)
I think this is (technically) Ian Flemings best work, and it is incredible that he was able to capture the spirit of the character in such a dramatic way.
I would definitely recommend this book!

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Not the usual Bond

Written form the perspective of a woman who encounters Bond briefly.
Story is ok but doesn’t have much action to turn- 2/3’s is the back story to the girl who is rescued by Bond after a chance encounter.
Narration is un-engaging throughout and irritating at times - particularly when males voices are necessary. Endured it to the end just to finish it but wasn’t gripped by it in any way.

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Rosamund Pike is great

Bit of a weird JB story, but entertaining nonetheless. And surprised to find it includes a woman with some agency. Rosamund Pike kills it though.

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Disappointing story, beautifully read

A disappointing entry in the Bond canon, The Spy Who Loved me is a Fleming anomoly. The book is narrated in the first person by Vivienne Michel, a rackety but naive young woman who escapes the demi-monde of London journalism to tour around Canada on a moped. James Bond only appears halfway through, and his role is perfunctory to say the least; most of the book is devoted to Miss Michel's failed romances. Quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus. Rosamund Pike's performance is excellent.

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Not the spy who loved me

The box attached to this title is some week love story about a posh woman putting out. Very disappointed.

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Dreadful

An hour and a half in and still no Bond, currently I am wondering if it’s a below par mills & boon romance novel rather than a James Bond novel.

What a load of dross.

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Outstanding!

Quickly moving itself to the top of the list of JB books in my opinion. Such an interesting way to write. In the same way James Bond falls in love very rapidly with the women he meets, I have very quickly fallen for the character in this book. I'm my mind, Fleming's best work. wish I'd read it sooner.

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A shift in style

All of a sudden in this tenth book of the series, Fleming changes the narrative camera lens entirely. We have a Bond adventure but told through the first person narration of a Bond girl.

This gives another perspective on the Bond character and avoids the narrative style becoming too predictable.

The reading by Rosamund Pike was phenomenal. Her command of different North American and British accents is pitch perfect. The acting and delivery also faultless. For sure I will be on the look out for more from this narrator! This Audible series has given some notable actors a platform to showcase some extraordinary voice talents.

In her closing monologue described on the cover as an "interview", Rosamund Pike mentions how she did the same drive as Viv, in a hire car. I had to smile because I did exactly the same thing, about ten years ago.

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Old fashioned but good

Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. The story feels the years, but don't forget it was cutting edge at the time.