Live and Let Die

Ian Fleming Louise Welsh


Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

  • Title: Live and Let Die
  • Author: Ian Fleming Louise Welsh
  • ISBN: 9780141028323
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback



Her hair was black and fell to her shoulders She had high cheekbones and a sensual mouth, and wore a dress of white silk Her eyes were blue, alight and disdainful, but, as they gazed into his with a touch of humour, Bond realized that they contained a message Solitaire watched his eyes on her and nonchalantly drew her forearms together so that the valley between her br Her hair was black and fell to her shoulders She had high cheekbones and a sensual mouth, and wore a dress of white silk Her eyes were blue, alight and disdainful, but, as they gazed into his with a touch of humour, Bond realized that they contained a message Solitaire watched his eyes on her and nonchalantly drew her forearms together so that the valley between her breasts deepened The message was unmistakable 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 this criminal heavy hitter 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 Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced And no one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end


Recent Comments "Live and Let Die"

”He held the tip between finger and thumb and very deliberately started to bend it back, giggling inanely to himself.Bond rolled and heaved, trying to upset the chair, but Tee-Hee put his other hand on the chair-back and held it there. The sweat poured off Bond’s face. His teeth started to bare in an involuntary rictus. The finger stood upright, away from the hand. Started to bend slowly backwards towards his wrist. Suddenly it gave. There was a sharp crack.‘That will do,’ said Mr. Big.T [...]

There are moments of great luxury in the life of a secret agent. There are assignments on which he is required to act the part of a very rich man; occasions when he takes refuge in good living to efface the memory of danger and the shadow of death; and times when, as was now the case, he is a guest in the territory of an allied Secret Service. From the moment the BOAC Stratocruiser taxied up to the International Air Terminal at Idlewild, James Bond was treated like royalty.So begins Live and Let [...]

Buckle your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen - we're in for another wild ride of racism and misogyny in the second James Bond book. James Bond dives into the world of "Negro criminals," traveling from New York City to Florida to the grand finale in Jamaica. All this is on account of some old gold coins from a legendary pirate treasure showing up. The British and American governments have the idea that Mr. Big is in possession of the treasure - a huge, towering black man whose nickname comes not o [...]

It might have been For Your Eyes Only or more likely Octopussybut I want to say Live and Let Diey have been the first James Bond movie I ever saw. Regardless, it stands as one of my first recollections of the thrilling spy and his over-the-top escapades. I LOVED these movies as a kid. As an adult my fervor wore away, but remnants of that love never left me and eventually I became intrigued enough to check out the novels out of a curiosity to see how true the movies were to the books. Also, it ju [...]

James Bond on the page certainly comes across a lot different than James Bond on the big screen and LIVE AND LET DIE only serves to further hammer this point home. Ian Fleming has created a debonair masterpiece, with more than a hint of chauvinism. Sure, he uses terms then that he probably couldn’t get away with today, but this book was first published in 1954, so you have to roll with it a bit. If you’re a woman, or you’re easily offended, you might want to hesitate before picking it up.T [...]

Rating: 3.5* of fiveIt's the 1973 first outing by Simon TemplarI mean Roger Moore!at I review here. Holy pimpmobile! I'd forgotten this was the blaxploitation Bond flick. Appallingly racist. Horrifyingly insultingly so. And may I just say, "INTRODUCING JANE SEYMOUR" is the most chilling phrase I've ever in all my life seen on a movie screen?Introducing. Jane. Seymour. As in, "not seen on the big screen before?" She was in some other stuffbut nothing as big as Bond. And the horrible thing is that [...]

If read through the wrong prism, much like the notorious Tintin In The Congo, Live and Let Die will appear very racist. It is interesting that, despite being the second Bond book, it took so long to become a movie. Consider this: the book was released in 1955, five years before The Beatles formed. The song for the 1973 film was performed by a Wings-era Paul McCartney. But more telling is Fleming's choice to make Bond's first true nemesis an African American, blending Voodoo and the mystery of bl [...]

Okay, I'd known that Ian Fleming is on record as having been a racist and sexist bastard, but somehow I had managed to not really notice that much the first time I'd taken a spin through the Bond novels. And there were a couple of bits I took issue with in my recent re-read of Casino Royale, sure, though they were few and far between.But Live and Let Die? Wow, chock full of extremely blatant racism. Enough that it actively interfered with my ability to enjoy the story at all, and made it difficu [...]

JAMES BOND: "Oh, Solitaire, I really want to make love to you right now in this hot, cramped compartment on a moving train with someone right outside the door trying to kill me, but---I have this broken finger, you see, which makes sex absolutely out of the question, so I'll have to exploit you at a later date." SOLITAIRE:"Oh, James, I don't mind, because I always dreamed of being kissed exactly the way you just kissed me. And I only met you a couple of days ago, but I wanted to tear my clothes [...]

I was told that "Live and Let Die" was slightly racist as a movie, but I figured I'd read the book before watching. To be honest, I've never seen a Bond movie from beginning to end (and am somehow, indeed, alive. Shocking, no?)But seriously, ignore these claims of overt racism I see in the other reviews. The most racist thing I found in this book is the use of the word "negro." It was not an ethnic slur until a decade later; as a matter of fact, it was the most polite and neutral term of the day [...]

To charge this book with racism, as many reviews have done so, is absurd. The book and attitudes were of the time and obviously these views are expressed within the pages. The same charges could be aimed at Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Bulldog Drummond and any classic character.Or what about Shakespeare - could we call the bard homophobic for not representing gay characters in his plays? Do we start judging classic works by modern standards? The book uses the word Negro a lot but at the tim [...]

This review was first posted on BookLikes:brokentuneoklikes/post/ When a few years ago I was told that my work was sending me to New Orleans, my immediate need was to find a copy of Live and Let Die, because, well, a part of the film is set there and the surrounding swamps of Louisiana - and I like a Bond story.So, I got comfortable in my seat on the cross-Atlantic flight and opened my book. A few chapters into the story it suddenly dawned on me The book is totally different from the film and th [...]

6/10The literature version of Bond pales in comparison to the movie version, or certainly is the case here. The literature Bond also doesn't have a cool theme tune unlike the movie version. I vaguely knew the plot down to watching the movie (multiple times as a child) but also noted a couple of pieces of information used in other movies. Things moved along relatively slow throughout with Bond starting out in New York and learning of Mr Big and his crime enterprise and ending in Jamaica with quit [...]

This second book in the James Bond series was quite exciting. Full of dangers from poisonous fish, voodoo and a sophisticated crime syndicate based in Harlem. I found the action in this one (especially at the finish) to be raised several notches above the previous book (Casino Royale). The setting moved from NYC to St. Petersburg to Jamaica which kept things interesting. Bond remained the vulnerable hero that Fleming created in the first book, even to the point of shedding a tear after a particu [...]

Better than the first, but it has the same issue as the first book, which is that the later portion drags. Not nearly as much as book 1, but still, I found my attention wandering.

This is a significant improvement over Casino Royale, except in one major respect which nobody reading the book is likely to miss. Bond is much less unpleasant this time round - without ever being someone you'd actually want to spend time with - and the prose is much improved, though rarely rising above the functional. The adventure sequences have the requisite modicum of tension, and when the action reaches Jamaica, Fleming's love for the place leads him to render it vividly.(Bond remains a lud [...]

Without any doubt this one is much better than the predecessor: faster and with a more interesting plot (more action).I am glad I began reading James Bond series.

As far as the movies go, we have moved beyond Sean Connery and we are now in the Roger Moore years, a surprisingly refreshing change, I must admit. Younger, fitter, less embittered (which is the impression I was feeling from Sean Connery in the last movie).Bond returns to America in this book and I am still amazed (yet amused) at how Fleming viewed Americans. He makes comments about the food (Americans can't boil eggs), the cars, the people, the accents. In the movie we see bumbling American cop [...]

Growing up, my father was a huge James Bond fan. I have an early memory of him taking my cousin to see a re-release of Thunderball in the theater. Dad used to talk about how much he'd loved the Bond novels when he was younger, and any time a Bond movie was on television he would watch. I never quite got it. I couldn't get into the movies and the books bored me terribly. (To be fair, I think I only tried On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and I was eleven.) The Bond I remember most vividly is Pierc [...]

Is it dreadful to say I have only read this because I had a copy unread in the house? I need to read through some of these book piles I have had for kicking on ten years now, which is how I've come to this book. It maybe sounds like I had an utterly miserable time forcing myself to read it. If a book is truely bad, I will stop. This one wasn't awful. It's light entertainment, not too complicated and not too long a read. I have grown up with the Bond films, so I will say the usual ridiculous stat [...]

Five stars with an asterisk. I just couldn't go without mentioning the blatant racism in this one. It would be comical if it wasn't such a serious subject. Then again, the Bond books have racism, sexism, elitism, nationalism. really runs the gamut. Keeping in mind these were written in the 50s, some of it was just a sign of the times, but still, I had to at least call attention to it rather than ignore it.That being said, at its heart this was a good adventure novel. Live and Let Die is one of m [...]

Ahahahahahahahahah il problema di “Mister Big” è che non ha potuto guardare“Indiana Jones” , che è arrivato parecchio dopo di lui, altrimenti avrebbe saputo che invece di stupire James Bond con i suoi effetti speciali, avrebbe dovuto piantargli una pallottola in testa la prima volta che l’ha avuto tra le mani. Comunque, mi è piaciuto molto meno del primo libro della serie. Le due stellette sono proprio risicate. Giusto giusto perché si tratta di James Bond, altrimenti sarebbe stata [...]

Another good Ian Fleming book with a “mere mortal” James Bond (as opposed to the near-superhero Bond that Hollywood has made the character into), this book is quite different from the movie in its setting and storyline, and the climactic scene is reminiscent of the end of the “For Your Eyes Only” movie, which makes it a bit strange at the end for one like me who has seen the movies and has just gotten around to the books, but it fits so much better with “Mr. Big” – the antagonist [...]

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In Live and Let Die, James Bond comes to America to investigate the gold-smuggling ring of the African-American crime boss Mr. Big, who also happens to be an agent of SMERSH. Bond is at first interested in the case because of the chance for revenge, but he becomes more invested as he is reunited with his friend, Felix Leiter, and encounters the lovely Solitaire.I might as well deal with the elephant in the room immediately: this book is certainly part spy thriller, but it is also part racial com [...]

Another fun Bond adventure, though definitely not as memorable as Casino Royale. This one had an even more "old school" feel, probably due to the language used to refer to both African Americans and women. While I wouldn't say I'm exactly comfortable with some of these more antiquated attitudes, I love the classic spy-thriller feel and will definitely keep reading Fleming's novels.I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of Live and Let Die. I particularly really enjoy the relationship between Bond [...]

Characters I loved: Mr. Big and his crewCharacters I didn't like: Bond, James Bond.There are sides of Bond shown in the books that I am not accustomed to, having only ever been exposed to the movies. At times me was scared stupid, befuddled, and doubtful in his abilitiesats not the Bond I know. The story was good, real solid ending.

In Live and Let Die, the second of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, a change has come over our hero. The cold, callous secret agent of Casino Royale has softened a bit: he’s (at least temporarily) morphed from Daniel Craig’s hardened killer to the great Sir Roger Moore:007 is off to the colonies in order to investigate a large number of mysterious gold coins that have begun popping up throughout the United States, and how this might be connected to the Queen’s enemies in the Kremlin. His [...]

It's a good thing I read The Man With the Golden Gun out of order or I would have completely rethought my previous good opinion from 25 years ago of Ian Fleming's James Bonds books. Live and Let Die is even worse than Casino Royale, neither of which I recall reading in my youth. In this 2nd Bond book, as a narrator, Fleming again comes off as a pompous, condescending bore. Even worse is the constant racism. To be fair, Fleming probably didn't have a lesser opinion of "The Negro" than he did anyo [...]

I was a student at Dartmouth College when I first saw Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962). The film hit me right between the eyes, as if it had been fired at me from 007’s Beretta. Here was a guy with the ultimate cool: He was a bon vivant, handsome to women, and pitted against enemies who were the ultimate in evil. In Live and Let Die (1954), the second novel in the series after Casino Royale, Bond came up against the massive Mr. Big, a gargantuan Negro with not only pretensions to Voodoo (as Baron [...]


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