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When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style.

Contains the short stories "From a View to a Kill", "For Your Eyes Only", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity."

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Samuel West.

Blackstone Audio, Inc. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd

©1960 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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My favorite Bond book so far.

I'm going down the list of the original Bond books and I must admit this is my favorite so far. Fleming can write a short story and this collection shows a more complex (complete?) Bond. Adding to that an excellent read by Samuel West, the result is a great listen.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2018-03-28

Life is a devious business

"Life is a devious business."
- Ian Fleming, "Quantum of Solace"

After having read about 7 of his novels, this was the first set of Fleming short stories I ran into, as I moved up the Bond collection. For Your Eyes Only contains the following stories:

1. From A View to a Kill
2. For Your Eyes Only
3. Quantum of Solace
4. Risico
5. The Hildebrand Rarity

The first three titles would probably be familiar to anyone who has watched more than a couple James Bond films over the last 20 years. The only issue is, they are only BARELY (if at all) recognizable. They share the title with the films, but that is about it. And that isn't a bad thing. I rather enjoyed the three movies, but the stories here are (for me) more nuanced than most of his books and all of his movies. Fleming is experimenting a bit. He is upping the literary and dialing down a bit the adventure. Not so it isn't recognizable. They are still all Fleming novels and ALL James Bond stories. But they each, in different ways, bring a bit of humanity into the Bond collection.

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  • SS
  • 2019-05-05

Flemming is a fascinating observer of life.

Flemming is a fascinating observer of life and it shows in his composition and style. Very enjoyable. I was surprisingly moved by the ending of Quantum Of Solace.

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  • Rev. Zombie
  • 2016-04-14

Better than expected

After the horror-show that was Goldfinger, I was a little leery about starting another Bond novel. The overall ridiculousness, misogyny, and racism was pretty hard to stomach. But I figured I’d give it another go with Bond’s 8th book. This one is a collection of 5 short stories and I was curious to see how they fared compared to the novels. I’m happy to say that it blew them away.

The stories are extremely varied, ranging from vendetta killings to chasing down Italian drug lords.

A View To a Kill – The murder of a government courier sends Bond on an investigation to discover the killer’s identity. This story follows the classic “Bond Opening” prevalent in the films, by starting with the problem, then bringing Bond in to deal with it. The story uses the infamous Bond Gadgets like in the films, though he’s not the one using them. It served as a solid opening story and rekindled my faith in the character.

For Your Eyes Only – Bond goes on an “Off the Books” assignation job for M. Great story. A moment or two of misogyny, but tame compared to most of the previous books.

Quantum of Solace – Bond goes to a party and talks. Yup. That’s it. No Bond Adventure, just a story of Bond hearing a story about a man who fell in love with a flight attendant and was trapped as a cuckold in a loveless marriage. Bond learns a valuable lesson on judging people. While good, it really sticks out because Bond, like the audience, is merely listening to a story about people we’ve never met and without all the things that one picks up a Bond story to read about. I spent more time than I should have waiting for it to get good, rather than just enjoying it. Much better tale in hindsight than during the actual telling of it.

Risico – Bond travels to Italy to track down the source of a heroin ring. Great deal of action, and even some old-fashioned betrayal. Good contrast to the previous story.

The Hildebrand Rarity – This one is strange. Bond is for some random reason on a boat with a god-awful man in search of a rare fish for the Smithsonian. The boat owner is deplorable and Bond wrestles with the knowledge that his host is abusing his wife. Bond also exhibits a huge amount of sympathy for a fish. It’s more of a moral crisis for Bond than in any other story so-far. I’m 50/50 on this on how much I enjoyed it. It’s not a bad story, but it isn’t a good Bond story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than most of the Bond series so-far. Fleming was able to get to the adventure and employ his wonderful prose, but didn’t have much time to stop and straight-up insult people like he does in the novels. I really think the shorts are his strength.

Samuel West did a very fine performance, especially with accents in this international adventure.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-07-23

Secret Service Short Stories

"For Your Eyes Only" is different from other entries in the 007 series in that it is not a novel, but a collection of short stories. For the most part, these smaller narratives follow the Bond formula, with one notable exception. "Quantum of Solace" really doesn't involve the secret agent at all, but is a story told to him by the Governor of Nassau. It isn't action-packed, and there is no imminent threat. Instead, it is a story about a broken marriage. The change of pace is interesting, and the reader is left with the impression that James Bond has learned something he couldn't in the field. These stories are enjoyable, and though they aren't as strong as some of the novels, the originality of a short story collection is welcome. Samuel West's narration is good, but not remarkable in any particular way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-08

Great set of stories

I grew up watching the 007 movies. The movies are good. I enjoy these stories more due to the more realistic plots.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-03-10

short stories

excellent collection of short stories. not what you think of when you hear bond. but little snippets of his adventures that leave you wanting more👍

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  • RLHorst
  • 2020-03-09

Very ODD

At the end of every chapter it is summary as if it was the end of the book very very peculiar audiobook. Not sure if I should delete it and re-download but something in this recording was very very wrong!!!!

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  • Christopher Daniels
  • 2020-01-03

A series of short stories.

different take on the James Bond that we all know. a bunch of short stories that are not the normal plots that we would expect to fine James in.

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  • Maddy
  • 2019-02-22

Excellent audible book

Beautifully read! I enjoyed it very much. Ian Fleming's short stories were a treat. Looking for more books narrated by Samuel West.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 2018-11-14

James Bond between the big missions

This is an interesting collection of James Bond stories. They seem to exist between the better known novels. They give us a look at the man when he is working smaller missions, or between missions on his own time. You get a chance to look deeper into his personality and thought process.

An interesting addition and recommended to all Bond fans.