Octopussy

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Fleming
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2002
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes
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Overview

Bond is back! The world's greatest secret agent returns when an old friend's body is found in the Alps 20 years after he disappeared. James Bond receives an order to investigate the dark past of Dexter Smith, a retired British Navy commander. Bond quickly finds himself caught between Nazi gold, the Chinese Tongs and the savage, eight-armed embrace of Octopussy! And he finds more mortal danger beneath the waves whilst trailing a missing submarine in The Hildebrand Rarity!

Reviews (1)

Octopussy

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on December 3rd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Three good and interesting short stories. But, I wish there was more to each. Any one of them would have made a great full-length story. Really left me wanting more.

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."