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For Your Eyes Only de Ian Fleming
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For Your Eyes Only (edição: 2006)

de Ian Fleming (Autor)

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"Sudden emergencies and beautiful girls who aren't quite what they seem are the stock-in-trade of James Bond. And when 007 is on the case there's only one thing you can be sure of - the result will be thrilling. Whether he's dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or sudden death in the Seychelles, Bond gets the job done. In his own suave and unmistakable style."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:For Your Eyes Only
Autores:Ian Fleming (Autor)
Informação:Penguin (2006), Edition: New Ed, 256 pages
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"For Your Eyes Only" is a book of a few short James Bond stories, some of which have titles recognizable from the movies but aren't related otherwise.

Several take place at the waning days of the British Empire with Bond investigating things in remote parts of the empire with regional governors telling him about "the natives" even as their own power is diminishing.

In "A View to a Kill" he investigates a spy ring intercepting the allies' motorcycle couriers, turning himself into the bait for them once he figures out how they're probably operating.

"For Your Eyes Only" is probably the best one, with Bond sent by M to investigate, and unstated, avenge, the murders of one of M's oldest friends (M was the best man at their wedding) who was a property owner in a Caribbean island, which was desired by a Cuban gangster ready to kill for it. Of course, M isn't the only one out for vengeance, and Bond soon runs into the old couple's daughter, well armed herself.

In "Quantum of Solace" Bond is stuck in a discussion after a formal dinner with the governor of Jamaica because it's too earlier to be polite to leave. Neither of them particularly likes the other, but formalities must be observed. By the end, though, they have a good storytelling session and understand one another a bit better.

"Risico" has a plot that forms some of the basis of the movie "For Your Eyes Only" with Bond getting involved with a Greek smuggler cooperating with British Intelligence in order to investigate another one. But who is who, and who is using whom?

In "The Hildebrand Rarity" Bond is stuck after a job in Seychelles with little to do except dive, so a rude, obnoxious, drunken, American millionaire, Krest, hires him, not knowing he's really a top-notch spy, to hunt down a very rare fish for him to take home so a science foundation will pay for his expensive yacht. Throughout the hunting Bond stays on Krest's yacht and is treated like a servant, abused and yelled at by Krest, but not as badly as Krest's very young wife. By the end Krest is found dead with the fish shoved into his throat, and no one knows who did it. ( )
  KevinRubin | Aug 6, 2020 |
My personal reading challenge 2019: A short story collection.

The Good:
+ Shows a different side of Bond's personal life by focusing on different aspects of his work.
+ The five stories each stand out by being so vastly different in length, style and substance.
+ Fleming still has touch for overblown characteristics, realistic action and beautiful nature writing.
+ Can be both exciting, mysterious and filled with suspense.

The Bad:

- Some parts feel hopelessly dated by today's standards.
- The only really interesting stories are the first two.
- The stories differ greatly in quality.
- Doesn't really evolve the character of Bond - these stories are easily skippable within the timeline of the original novels.
- The third story is hopelessly boring and pointless and the last one takes a good while to get going. ( )
  MrScallops | Jan 1, 2020 |
This isn't the eighth James Bond novel, but rather the first James Bond short story collection. There are five in total, varying from typical Bond spycraft in short story form to more literary, domestic tales.

"From a View to a Kill" and "Risico" are the more typical Bond tales here; the first has Bond defeating a Soviet plot to intercept NATO intelligence despatches, while "Risico" sends Bond undercover to defeat a drug-smuggling operation. I enjoyed the former, imbued as it is with Fleming's usual attention to detail, and also a captivating female character that I wish we saw more of. On the other hand, "Risico" didn't seem to offer anything new.

"For Your Eyes Only" and "The Hildebrand Rarity" are a little more personal than normal. In the former, M sends Bond on a personal mission of vengeance, while in the latter, a vacationing Bond discovers an abusive marriage, a problem beyond the powers of Britain's top spy to do anything about. I liked both of these. "For Your Eyes" has another captivating woman for Bond to interact with, while "Hildebrand Rarity" is surprisingly interesting and complicated and violent.

The least Bondian story here is "Quantum of Solace," which is mostly a story a civil servant is telling Bond about a bad marriage. I really enjoyed it, and it's pretty clever what Fleming does with Bond here. The story would work on its own regardless as a horrific but all too plausible story of human cruelty, but having it framed with James Bond coming off an exciting adventure gives it a little extra oomph: "Suddenly the violent dramatics of his own life seemed very hollow." It leads to a nice moment of self-reflection for a man not terribly prone to it.

On the whole, I enjoyed the book. Fleming's spare style is suited to the short story, and some of his novels struggle to fill up a novel's worth of space, I think (e.g., Moonraker and Goldfinger), so giving him less space to work with fits his strengths as a writer.
  Stevil2001 | May 24, 2019 |
This consisted of 5 short stories, the titles of 3 of which were familiar as being film titles. The contents of the tales, however, were not necessarily familiar from what I remembered of the films. In each they are firmly rooted in a post war world, and there is a lot of descriptve detail, such that the period is clearly evoked The stories are also quite different from the films in terms of tone and attitude to women. In a few stories Bond admires a woman, but it does not end up in bed, or even there being any indication that that could happen.
Narrated by Samuel West, it's very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed this. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 7, 2019 |
Ian Fleming writes a wonderful short story. The titles have since been made into full length movies with the exception of Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity. The Hildebrand Rarity had the most impact for me because of the sad ecological result. Fleming's characters are fully formed even in a short story format. And James Bond shines as always. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Nov 18, 2018 |
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"Sudden emergencies and beautiful girls who aren't quite what they seem are the stock-in-trade of James Bond. And when 007 is on the case there's only one thing you can be sure of - the result will be thrilling. Whether he's dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or sudden death in the Seychelles, Bond gets the job done. In his own suave and unmistakable style."--BOOK JACKET.

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