Live and Let Die

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Fleming
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Media Books Audio Publishing
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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When gold coins from a Jamaican pirate boat start turning up in pawn shops in Harlem, M suspects the treasure is being used to finance S.M.E.R.S.H activity in America. Agent 007 is sent to New York to uncover the criminal operation of Nr, Big, black master of crime, voodoo baron and senior partner in S.M.E.R.S.H.'s grim company of death.Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes, those who cross him will meet painful ends. His beautiful prisioner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond are marked as victims in a trail of terror, treachery and torture that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of hte island in the sun that mr. Big calls his own.Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpon guns, torture are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

Reviews (1)

Live and Let Die

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on January 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

My 2nd James Bond book, and I'm afraid I have to admit I'm enjoying the series - a small guilty pleasure. Being a big fan of the Bond films, I was amused to find that several different films stole ideas from this particular book. While not spoiling the surprise, there are ideas / characters stolen from this title in the films Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, quite a bit from License to Kill, in addition to the movie dedicated to this title. In all, a fun read.

Author Details

Author Details

Fleming, Ian

"Born in Mayfair, London, Ian Fleming was the younger brother of the travel writer, Peter Fleming. He was educated at Eton College and Sandhurst military academy, then went to university on the Continent to study languages. He worked as a journalist and stockbroker before the Second World War. On the eve of war he was recruited as personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Rear-Admiral John Godfrey.

Fleming's background in intelligence work gave him the background and experience to write somewhat convincing spy novels. The first James Bond story, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. It is believed that in this initial story he based the female character ""Vesper Lynd"" on real life SOE agent, Christine Granville. As for the inspiration behind James Bond, one of the strongest candidates is said to have been Merlin Minshall, who worked for Fleming as a spy during the Second World War. Another is a fictional character called Duckworth Drew, created by writer and journalist William Le Queux.

Besides the twelve novels and nine short stories he wrote featuring James Bond, Fleming is also known for the children's story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ian Fleming is interred in the Church yard cemetery at the village of Sevenhampton, near Swindon, next to his wife Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (1913-1981) and son, Caspar Robert Fleming (1952-1975).

Actor Christopher Lee is his cousin. Fleming wanted Lee to play the first Bond film villain, Dr No. (Some sources say Lee was also considered for the role of Bond as well.) Lee later played the title villain in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Fleming worked in UK Naval Intelligence during World War II, and was author of a plan ? not in the end carried out ? for capturing Naval Enigma material: Operation Ruthless.

In the book The Man Who Was M: The Life of Charles Henry Maxwell Knight by Anthony Masters, ISBN 0-631-13392-5 it is claimed that during the war Fleming conceived the plan that successfully lured Rudolf Hess to fly into captivity in Britain. There's no other source for these claims."