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The Spangled Mob hires undercover agent James Bond to smuggle diamonds into America, and the ace British spy finds himself partners in crime with the most tantalizing female he's ever encountered - Tiffany Case, hotter than stolen "ice," as surprising as sudden death....

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  • Robert
    2018-09-23 03:44

    If I were a woman, I might conduct a séance, and then throttle the spirit of Ian Fleming. He’s not a bad guy, mind you, but just once, I’d like to see a female character give James Bond a run for his money. So far I’m still waiting for a return on my initial investment. And I know this is one investment that probably won’t pan out, but I can still hold onto a faint glimmer of false hope.Vesper Lynd did come close, but she ultimately failed when paired next to Bond’s wit and charm. Tiffany Case, however, pales in comparison. But you don’t read James Bond to gain profound insights into the female psyche, unless you want to end up several miles in the wrong direction with a broken radiator and a flat tire.I do find it interesting that once again Bond is tortured, and once again the reader completely misses out on the experience. Mr. Fleming must have decided that he couldn’t top the scene in CASINO ROYALE, which brought a whole new meaning to the word punishment, so he decided to not even try. Life, though, proves a whole lot more interesting and fun and exciting, when you toss a cement wall in the middle of the highway every once in a while.While I enjoyed DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, the main bad dude felt a bit nebulous, almost like an evil presence more than an evil person. And while the action was present and accounted for, it felt a bit less than full throttle, and the scenes seemed to end much too quickly.I’ve enjoyed the Bond study thus far, simply because of his vast influence, and I’m happy to continue my journey, but I am thankful there’s no test at the end.Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  • Jason Koivu
    2018-09-30 04:28

    Bond slips into the diamond smuggling market and the American mafia. Not a bad installment in the Bond series. I don't recall ever seeing the movie version, so I can't say if they parallel much or at all, but I can say that Diamonds Are Forever makes for a fine little read.It's not exactly the most exciting spy thriller ever. In fact, there were a number of spots through out the book that had me ho-humming. It seems like Fleming wanted to flex his prose muscles a bit with this one. There are some nice descriptions of characters and places, but they do tend to slow down the action a bit. Or perhaps there just wasn't all that much action to begin with. I guess there was a shoot out and a tense, butt-clenching moment during a hot mud bath scene, but that didn't really even involve Bond. There are also some racial issues with Diamonds.... I was listening to this on audiobook and during a moment when I wasn't paying the closest of attention, I thought I heard a distressingly racist passage. Racist dialogue is one thing, but when the writer includes it in the narrative it's an entirely different thing. I don't know, I could be wrong. I didn't bother going back to verify. Maybe I should have, but ya know, I just didn't feel like wallowing in that kind of mire. If I were black, I'd probably just stay away from the Bond series all together. For example, I know "negro" was once acceptable, but its usage comes from an error of an era that ought never to have happened and one that needs to be burned, buried and put in the past forever.

  • Carmen
    2018-10-01 07:39

    James Bond vs. the American Mafia. James Bond's beloved M gives him the assignment to destroy a diamond pipeline. In going after the diamond smugglers, Bond travels to America and is paired up with a woman working for the diamond smugglers - one Tiffany Case. He travels to New York City, Saratoga Springs, and then to Las Vegas....The book, as so many Bond books do, focuses heavily on gambling. We have copious amounts of, not only card playing, but horse racing in this novel. If this bores you, I suggest you skim these pages, Fleming tends to go into excruciating detail....RACISM: The book contains slurs regarding Jews, Italians, blacks and gays. Not to the extent of CR or LALD, but still, it's noticeable....WOMEN: I felt like James Bond was on his best behavior for me regarding his treatment of women in this book. I appreciate his efforts to please me.WOMEN SUBSET: TIFFANY CASEThe Bond girl is Tiffany Case. She breaks Bond's previous three-book mold of black-hair blue-eyed women. A 27-year-old blonde with grey eyes, Tiffany is running with the wrong crowd. She feels a strong attraction to Bond, but tries to fight it, hard. Firstly because she thinks he's a criminal (he's working undercover to try and infiltrate the mob), and secondly because she was brutally gang-raped by Mafia goons at the tender age of 16. Since then, she's shut herself off from all male advances.I was really actually quite shocked at how well Bond deals with this serious obstacle to getting Case into bed. After learning her story (from his good friend and ex-CIA agent Felix Leiter), Bond treads carefully around her and takes things slow. He's protective of her in a way I've never seen him be with a woman before. Bond said nothing. He looked out the window and cursed his job. All he wanted to say to this girl was: "Listen. Come with me. I like you. Don't be afraid. It can't be worse than alone." But if she said yes he would have been smart. And he didn't want to be smart with this girl. It was is job to use her but, whatever the job dictated, there was one way he would never 'use' this particular girl. Through the heart.Awww! James Bond is making me say "aw." I thought this day would never come. Usually I want to lecture and throttle him. Here's another one: He thought of the lovely face cradled on the open hand below him, innocent and defenseless in sleep, the scorn gone from the level grey eyes and the ironical droop from the corners of the passionate mouth, and Bond knew that he was very near to being in love with her. Ooh! I was squealing with joy and anticipation watching these two get closer and closer and closer. Tiffany herself was very endearing. She acts very tough and standoffish and gives James a hard time (definitely a difference from most women, who just kneel in front of him and start begging him to have sex with them), but inside she's just scared of men and afraid of letting herself feel something for someone who she believes is on the wrong side of the law (in her mind, criminal men are scum - like the men who raped her).Here's some Tiffany for you: Listen, you Bond person, I'm as happy as a cricket. I love being here. I love being with you. And I love this nice dark table where no one can see me holding your hand. Don't mind my talk. I just can't get over being so happy. She always calls him "you Bond person," and I found this charming.She's smart, has criminal knowledge, and is one heck of a card player - no wonder Bond's enamored of her.Bond and Tiffany get to really know each other. And then comes the night when she starts dropping hints to him that "tonight's the night." During this whole chapter I was wracked with anxiety and nerves. What was I afraid of? That Bond would be a beast to her in bed? No, although this was a possibility - Bond is a real bastard at times - but I was confident he'd put it down right for her, especially on their first night together.No, what was really terrifying me was Ian Fleming's penchant for ruining things. There's 20% of the book left and I was horrified by the thought that either a.) she and Bond were on this wonderful romantic date, with her dropping hints right and left that tonight's going to be their first night together in bed, and then Fleming puts them under attack and as a result she dies or she gets too spooked to ever consummate things with Bond or b.) They would finally have sex, and it would be great, and she would be happy and he would be happy, and they would be in love - and then Fleming would have the bad guys find them, and kill the woman or damage her irreparably in some way. BECAUSE FLEMING LIKES TO DO STUFF LIKE THAT. Well, I won't tell you if it went one of these two ways, OR a completely different way - you can read the book and find out. But I was on pins and needles.WOMEN: SUBSET: OTHER WOMENBut, is Bond's stellar treatment of the Bond girl enough to impress me? Well, frankly, yes. But as an additional bonus, as proof that Bond is trying to be a better hero so that I'm happier with him - there's a great scene where he defends a little manicurist. He's getting a shave (but really spying on Mr. Evil-Guy), and this woman is doing Evil-Guy's nails, and accidentally nicks his fingertip. Evil-Guy flies into a rage, berating the woman and ordering the barber to fire her, then leaving in a huff. When he leaves and the barber starts ripping into the sobbing woman, Bond steps in at tells him to shut the fuck up. Well, not in those exact words. But still. I was cheering! Yay!...THE F-WORD:Speaking of the f-word, it's really clear in this novel that James says it twice. But both times, in my edition, it's blocked out. Here's a sample"----," said Bond, once.Except there's not four little dashes, but one long dash. This is the first time I've come across this, Bond didn't do this (use the f-word) in any previous novels. So perhaps Fleming's treating the Bond girls a bit nicer but spicing up Bond's language? I don't know....FASCINATING TIDBIT:Bond quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson in this novel.IN SUMMARY:I really enjoyed this book. Not enough to give it five stars, because a.) racial/ethnic slurs, b.) Bond makes Tiffany cry at one point (grrrrr), c.) Fleming goes into way too much boring detail about cards and horse racing. But otherwise, a stellar Bond novel. This is really the first time I've seen Bond (in these 4 books) be sweet and patient and charming to a woman. I know people think Bond = Charming Charmer - but in the books he's really more like Entitled Bastard. It was good to see him having to step carefully for once. Tiffany was efficient, smart, and she impressed Bond with her tenacity, brains, and skills numerous times. I also always like to see Felix Leiter, and he was a key player in this novel. I wish there was a bit more of both M and Moneypenny (sometimes I swear Bond's more in love with M than he ever could be with any woman) because I adore seeing Bond interact with them, but I'll take what I can get. 4 stars.UPDATE: 1971 SEAN CONNERY FILM.I almost feel like I should stop watching the films that accompany these books. Why? Because I feel as if I'm unfairly judging people's beloved childhood memories. :( While I have no problem ripping a book to shreds with my wrath, I completely understand how watching a film at a young and impressionable age can make that film very special to you, even though later - as an adult - you realize it was campy, hastily put together um... junk. IF YOU LOVE THIS FILM, STOP READING NOW.Okay, for those of you are still with me.THE GOOD: - Sean Connery is a better Bond than Roger Moore. - Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, the assassins who also happen to be a gay couple, are great in the film. Fun, but also menacing. I really enjoyed this - they had a lot more personality than the same characters did in the book. - I always like listening to the opening song and watching women dance around with diamonds. - Cute, cute scene where James Bond meets a little rat in the sewers and has a bit of conversation with him.THE BAD: - The plot is stupid and farfetched. Blofeld's still alive and cloning himself. Bond's riding a moon buggy through the desert. The whole film is a campy mess. Blofeld's even in drag at one point. - To my intense dismay, Tiffany Case is shallow and a moron. A far cry from the strong, intelligent survivor who impresses Bond so much in the book. They also develop real feelings for each other in the book, in the movie there's nothing real in their relationship. In the movie she's annoying. - Bond actually treats women better in the book. In this film he slaps Tiffany. And strangles another woman with her own bikini top as a form of interrogation.A man I know told me that I'm "not embracing the spirit in which these movies were made" and that I'm not "in the right mindset to watch James Bond films." He might be right. o.O

  • Parastoo Ashtian
    2018-09-30 02:35

    پس این بخشی از یک رویا نیست و من روی صندلی عقب استادیلاک نشسته‌ام. این دامن تیفانی است که زیر سرم است آن فیلکس است و ما داریم به سرعت به سوی جایی امن می‌تازیم، جایی که دکتر، حمام، کمی غذا و نوشیدنی داشته باشد و بشود ساعت‌های بی‌پایان خوابید. باند تکان خورد. دست تیفانی را توی موهایش احساس کرد. انگار که بخواهد به باند بگوید همان‌طور که امید دارد، همه چیز واقعی است. او دوباره لم داد و چیزی نگفت. از هر ثانیه لذت برد و به صدای آن‌ها و صدای حرکت تایرها روی جاده گوش سپرد.از متن کتاب

  • Richard Derus
    2018-09-16 03:44

    Rating: 3.5* of fiveAgain a reminder that these reviews are for the movies by these titles, NOT Fleming's books. I wasn't at all drawn to the book I read, and I've since sampled a few others, and to me they're repellently dated.So this 1971 outing is based on the 1956 novel, and marks the last *canonical* film Connery made. Never Say Never Again wasn't a Broccoli-produced film, and made use of a story not ever precisely made into a novel, so...Jill St. John spends a good deal of time scantily clothed. This mildly annoyed me as she tended to drape herself over pieces of furniture I wanted to look at, and her mammary hypertrophy blocked my view of Connery once in a while.The plot is of a ridiculousness expected from a Bond film; Bond drives a 1970 Mustang, possibly the lowest styling point that Mustang has ever hit; Charles Gray (the Criminologist from Rocky Horror Picture Show) eats up the scenery as Blofeld, the ongoing villain/nemesis; so, you know, what's expected of a Bond film viewing experience.Shirley Bassey sings the second most-boring theme song (after Adele's dreary "Skyfall") in the canon. It amused me, mildly, and the inclusion of two gay killers was pretty hotsy-totsy stuff for 1971. So, well, it was Bond so it was better than boring; but it lacked something, so I can't give it a good rating. Just not enough SOMEthing.

  • BrokenTune
    2018-09-30 10:32

    "Slowly the sting slid home into its sheath and the nerves on the poison sac at its base relaxed. The scorpion had decided. Greed had won over fear."I won't copy all of the opening scene of Diamonds Are Forever, but this is one of the reasons why I keep reading this series - Fleming's ability to write nature scenes is phenomenal. They even make up for his writing about what passes for romance in these Bond novels. But I'll get to that later.In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond is tasked to investigate diamond trafficking that funds the American mafia. There are plenty of typical Bond capers which include passing himself off as someone else, getting entangled with a woman while undercover (haha) and converting her to the right side (i.e. Bond's side), blowing things up, gambling, and trying to foil the bad guys while Bond is being rescued himself by his friends.As you know, I'm not a huge fan of James Bond himself, but in this novel he actually acknowledges how much he owes to his friend Felix Leiter. In fact, we get to know quite a bit about Felix - he has a sense of humor and he is happy to challenge Bond's snobbery. He's straight-talking, homophobic, but can be tactful, and he doesn't burn bridges. Leiter drinks just as much as Bond, which is probably another reason why they are friends.Anyway, the cast of supporting characters in this book is what I enjoyed most. We have Leiter, and we have Tiffany Case, who is not a push over like her film counterpart but a pretty strong and independent woman with a tough past that leads her to reject other people, especially men. Throughout the book I actually wondered how scenes might be written differently if they were told from her perspective - I would also have hoped that this might give me a clue about what on earth attracts her to this "Bond person" that she knows is lying to her on their first meeting. But alas, the book follows the adventure of James Bond....and so we get his perspective, which is - surprisingly - less sexist and less patronising than in the previous books.Yeah. I know. That is not saying much. We still get Bond pondering in the following way:"But was he prepared for the consequences? Once he had taken her by the hand it would be forever. He would be in the role of the healer, the analyst, to whom the patient had transferred her love and trust on her way out of the illness. There would be no cruelty equal to dropping her hand once he had taken it in his. Was he ready for all that that meant in his life and his career?"Yeah. I know. Like she needs him to heal her and save her and .....ugh. But, as I said, it looks like he's come a long way since Live and Let Die where he described Solitaire as his "prize".The characters I enjoyed most were, as in the other books, Bond's evil counterparts, except that in Diamonds Are Forever, the best baddies are not the criminal masterminds but their two henchmen: Wint and Kidd. They are such an unlikely duo, and yet, so evil. There is a scene in a spa that will stick in my memory for quite some time....

  • El
    2018-10-07 07:32

    So because George Lazenby couldn't make it as James Bond in the previous movie, Sean Connery was back for Diamonds Are Forever, which the trailer (behind the link) points out a whole lot. "Hey guys, we made a mistake with that other guy, but look! Connery! COME BACK!"Also making a come back with this movie was Shirley Bassey singing the theme song, as she did for Goldfinger. (The theme songs are nearly as important to me as the films themselves.) For those of us who pay attention (or at least remember to go back to do a little research), Guy Hamilton also directed this one in addition to Goldfinger.Having just finished On Her Majesty's Secret Service yesterday and being pleasantly surprised by how much it didn't actually suck, reading Diamonds Are Forever today was sort of a return to the meh-hood of the previous Bond books I've read.Here's my theory: Bond doesn't belong in America. Or Fleming doesn't belong in America. Someone doesn't belong in America and when Fleming writes Bond in America? Things get dirty. And not in a good way. It's like Bond's racism comes out in full force when he visits the States, full of awkwardness, Paula-Deen-style:Bond had a natural affection for coloured people, but he reflected how lucky England was compared with America where you had to live with the colour problem from your schooldays up. He smiled as he remembered something Felix Leiter had said to him on their last assignment together in America. Bond had referred to Mr. Big, the famous Harlem criminal, as 'that damned nigger'. Leiter had picked him up. 'Careful now James,' he had said. 'People are so damn sensitive about colour around here that you can't even ask a barman for a jigger of rum. You have to ask for a jegro.'"My, my.Something that doesn't come up in the trailer is that Jimmy Dean (that's right, the sausage guy) had a role in the movie. I don't know why that struck me as so funny, but it was. Laugh, dammit.Missing from the book are Bambi and Thumper which makes one wonder why they were added to the movie at all. But then, oh yeah, that's Hollywood. There wasn't enough skin and sex in the book, so let's create these two. I remember that scene exceptionally well from my childhood. For some reason, that made an impression on me.Also made an impression on me as a young movie-viewer were the characters Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, portrayed by two very creepy characters. I had blocked them out until seeing them again on the screen now and all of it came flooding back to me. These assassins didn't play as large of a part in the book, or at least not to the same degree of creepiness so therefore didn't frighten me as much on reading them.Before anyone gets all upset, the creepiness factor wasn't because the characters are lovers. I couldn't give a shit. But those actors? Are seriously creepy.Dear Mr. Fleming: Please stop writing Bond in America. It just... doesn't work. Thanks.Next up... Live and Let Die (thus begins the Sir Roger Moore years.)

  • Richard
    2018-09-17 02:17

    5/10Probably the weakest Bond novel in the series to this point which was somewhat surprising to me as the film is a fond favourite (who would have thought that the screen and page could differ?!). This more felt like Bond visits various locations with a little bit of spying on the side. The setup is no different to any other, Bond meets M and gets his mission (I do enjoy the relationship these two have), Bond sets off on mission and finds a lady to admire and try to woo (book Bond is not as suave with the women as film Bond), Bond does a bit of shooting and puzzle solving, Bond gets the bad guy and the mission is a success. The book just didn’t work though this time though, the whole diamond smuggling aspect was quite interesting but the plot never really got fleshed out and the villain is less villainous and more just mediocre thug.Overall it was disappointing (even the gambling aspect was toned down in this one which is quite a shock as a large chunk is in Vegas!) and didn’t live up to some of the others in the series. I hope Bond and Fleming will be back on form in “From Russia with Love”.If you enjoy this try: Anything by Vince Flynn

  • Cyndi
    2018-09-16 05:20

    How do I find myself with feelings of sadness for James and his life of international duplicity? Still, after 4 Bond novels, the end of the adventure leaves me with soft feelings for the often misogynist 007. Who knew???This was a well crafted piece. Good story, somewhat more assertive female foil and nice continuity. Now to #5.

  • Paul Alkazraji
    2018-09-23 02:15

    Connery. No rough diamond. To discover just who is filching British diamonds from an African mine, James Bond is sent undercover along a smuggling pipeline to follow it to the end. With Fleming you always get well-researched background detail rendered with a journalist’s eye, but for me the sojourn in the racing world of Saratoga slowed the story down a furlong or two in less interesting territory. That said, the pace soon picks up as Bond flees through the desert near Las Vegas with gangster ‘Mr Spang’, nicely described as ‘one of the brutal, theatrical, overblown, dead end adults’, pursuing him on the Cannonball express. That is until crack shot Bond sends him to a thundering end along a rusty branch line with a bullet from his Beretta. There is a tense enough climax too as Bond climbs down the side of The Queen Elizabeth cruise ship hanging on a knotted bed sheet to try to rescue Tiffany Case in a cabin below. With the film in mind you think immediately of the characters of Bambi and Thumper, who do not appear, and Wint and Kidd, The Spangled Mob’s thugs, who do, and who are, though not with a Bombe Surprise, still dispatched with effectively. A very readable crime thriller about ‘hot ice’ you can take out again, dust off, and let ‘sparkle round your little finger’. By this reviewer:

  • Matt
    2018-10-13 02:27

    'Diamonds Are Forever,' although the weakest of Ian Fleming's James Bond series to this point, is the second consecutive Bond novel to be far superior to the later film version. 'Diamonds' suffers from a sub par plot and a nearly non-existent and overwhelmingly boring villain.Where the novel does have a redeeming quality, however, is in Tiffany Case, the Bond girl. Case is a stone cold fox straight out of a Depression era noir, and by far the most interesting and capable Bond girl of the series so far. Much better than the near bumbling idiot played by Jill St. John in the film version (which also featured Sean Connery's weakest performance as Bond).Also of interest is a widened role for CIA agent Felix Leiter, who makes his first appearance in the novels since 'Live and Let Die,' having been missing in action for 'Moonraker' which fell in between. Leiter is a far cooler and more developed character in the books than the one-dimensional (but still neat) film version.In summary, 'Diamonds Are Forever' is a weaker entry in the series, but still a fun read, and worth while for the excellent Tiffany Case and the cool cowboy Felix Leiter.

  • Jesse A
    2018-09-19 02:34

    The blandest Bond volume I've read. Normal amounts of sexism, imperialism, and racism. Rather dull.

  • Brian Poole
    2018-09-29 07:36

    Diamonds Are Forever is a spy classic that brought James Bond back to the U.S.On the trail of a diamond smuggling pipeline, originating in Africa and moving through London on its way to New York and Las Vegas, Bond goes undercover as a diamond mule. He works with the beautiful but damaged Tiffany Case, hoping to use her connections to infiltrate the vicious Spangled Mob. Old pal Felix Leiter, a former CIA operative who’s moved on to Pinkertons, helps out along the way. Bond has a misadventure at a Saratoga Springs horse race before landing in Sin City. A battle of wits with the head of the Spangled Gang leads to a desperate showdown in a reclaimed desert mining town. A climactic encounter with a pair of brutal killers aboard the QEII puts a dramatic flourish on the caper.Diamonds Are Forever was one of Ian Fleming’s earlier Bond works. By the time of its publication, Fleming had done a good job of establishing the super spy and his world. There was a depth to the characterization that’s not always evident in Bond’s film translation. In Fleming’s hands, Bond wasn’t perfect. He made mistakes and had blind spots. The fun is in seeing how Fleming extracted his hero from the mad scenarios where the author had deposited him.The period descriptions are always one of the best parts of these classic Bond novels and Diamonds Are Forever doesn’t disappoint. Fleming provided a detailed look at the life of a high end international vagabond. The details are a vital part of transporting readers into Bond’s highly stylized world. Fleming also had a knack for sketching out brutal action sequences and clever bits of spycraft. As always, seeing Bond navigate an undercover assignment while essentially acting like himself was one of the more entertaining aspects of the story.Keep in mind that Diamonds Are Forever, like most of the Bond series, is decidedly pre-PC. Bond expressed some gender and racial attitudes that were period-accurate but could be difficult for some modern readers to swallow. But that’s a part of revisiting period genre works and it doesn’t detract from how entertaining the novel is otherwise.This Bond reprint series is a gift for the character’s fans. Diamonds Are Forever is as enjoyable as the earlier outings.

  • F.R.
    2018-09-28 07:36

    One of the strengths of Fleming - which I'm discovering on re-reading these books - is his descriptions of locations. Mid-way through Diamonds Are Forever, Bond goes to Vegas. The portrayal of the desert town with sand blowing over the strip is incredibly well done and really places the reader there. I suppose it isn't just his sense of location, he is also good at capturing the time in which he is writing, really bringing the fifties to live. As oppossed to say a Mike Hammer novel (a character who is referenced here) who lives in a kind of Sin City version of New York, Bond is a real character in the real world.The movies would have you believe that James Bond is only ever saving the world, but in this novel he's simply smashing a diamond smuggling ring (although the villain's hideout is called Spectre). The action is - as usual - very well done, but more interestingly the character of Bond is developing. In this novel Bond actually considers falling in love (with Tiffany Case) and what that would mean to him and his career. In conversation he even talks about when he'll have kids, and it seems that behind the macho bravado, there is a man who wants to settle down and relax (albeit to a 1950s type of wife who does all the cooking. Food is again prevelant in this book, though not as much as in Live and Let Die.)If there is a flaw then it's that the main villain isn't strong enough. However Wint and Kidd - his henchman - are fairly terrifying, and a much better coupling than they are in the film. In fact it's intereting that in both book and film they are gay, and yet in the book which was written 15 years before the film, they are serious hitmen as oppossed to camped up characatures.All in all, a thriller I would definitely recommend.

  • Mike
    2018-10-03 10:43

    Diamonds are being smuggled from Africa through to the American Mafia. Who do you call in to smash this nefarious ring? James Bond, naturally.Yes, somehow James Bond is called upon to do what the FBI and the CIA are apparently unwilling (or unable) to do. Of course, in this modern age of witnessing just how little the federal government can accomplish (and accomplish well), it is really no surprise the James Bond can, singlehandedly, do more than any agency of the American government can do. Ian Fleming was just ahead of his time.Anyway, like the other Bond books (that I've read) in this series, this one was reasonably enjoyable. I'm enjoying getting to know the "real" James Bond, since up to now, I've only been familiar with the movie version. Mr. Bond is really much more about the work than he is about the ladies and I rather prefer that.Carry on!

  • Bill
    2018-10-13 08:42

    Another entertaining Bond adventure which finds 007 on the trail of an American diamond smuggling ring. It takes him from London to New York and ultimately to Las Vegas. On the way he encounters old CIA pal, Felix Leiter who now works for Pinkertons and makes the acquaintance of lovely Tiffany Case. As always there is lots of action, but many nice moments with Miss Case. Entertaining and an exciting read. It's been fun working through the Bond series again.

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    2018-10-13 08:20

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  • Dave
    2018-09-30 08:29

    Sometimes I feel guilty about reading the James Bond novels, since Bond and Fleming are racist misogynistic snobs. But sometimes the action pulls you in and you overlook things like ridiculous personality flaws among all the protagonists. With this book, I have no reason to feel guilty, except that I finished it. This is a terrible book with tons of padding and travelogue in between the brief action sequences; it reads like a novella that Fleming's editors told him to triple in size. The final action sequences are maybe the only worthwhile section of the book (and Tiffany Case the only heroine so far drawn halfway realistically) (emphasis on halfway). To get there you must read 120 pages of what Bond ate at the local restaurants, learned about Las Vegas and Saratoga Springs, and felt like doing to kill time. My favorite sequence is when Bond walks off the plane in Vegas and looks contemptuously at the slot machines and "oxygen bar"--and then proceeds to play the slots and sample the oxygen. He's an idiot.

  • Andre
    2018-10-11 09:32

    Another excellent instalment in the James Bond series. I have probably read these about three times now.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2018-09-21 10:22

    Bond investigates a diamond smuggling ring in an adventure that brings him back to the states for another meeting with his good friend Felix Leiter. Felix is sporting a hook for a hand and presumably and artificial leg due to the shark attack from Live and Let Die, so that's a pretty major continuity change when compared to the movies.Actually the books have been very different than the movies so far, in most cases only the title and some of the character names being directly related to the novels. The novels come across as more straight forward and realistic, but I'm a huge fan of the films so in a way I like them both equally.This wasn't my favorite as it seemed to lack a certain spark, but it was still enjoyable. I don't know why I waited so long to finally read the James Bond novels but I'm enjoying them all. If you're a Bond fan, it's probably worth reading at least of a few of the novels to give you an idea of the character's roots.

  • Rob Thompson
    2018-10-09 08:18

    Death is forever. But so are diamondsAnd so my project to read all of the original series of James Bond novels in 2015 continues! Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth book by Ian Fleming and was initially published back in 1956. In the book Bond smashes a diamond smuggling operation, the pipeline of which originates in the mines of Sierra Leone and ends in Las Vegas. Along the way Bond meets and falls in love with one of the members of the criminal gang, Tiffany Case.It was interesting to compare the plot of the book to the 1971 movie of the same name. In the novel there's no Blofield clone or Blofield in drag, no moonbuggy and no exploding oil rig. Tiffany Case is portrayed as intelligent, strong and a survivor and is probably Fleming's most fully fleshed out female character so far but in the movie she is portrayed as shallow, dumb eye candy.Bond’s character is expanded further in Diamonds Are Forever and builds on the details revealed in the previous three novels. Bond actually falls in love with Case, the first time he has done so since Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. We also get to see his sensitive side too. After learning about Tiffany’s back story from Felix Leiter, Bond is surprisingly rather sensitive. He becomes protective and treats her sympathetically and delicately. Typically, he knocks women about a fair bit and is generally a misogynistic swine. He also steps in to defend an innocent woman (a manicurist) who is being verbally and physically abused: good for him!As expected there is a degree of unacceptable language used, but thankfully nowhere near the excruciating level that was present in Live and Let Die. Jews, Italians, blacks and homosexuals are all mentioned in a very derogatory manner. Also, the villains were somewhat feeble: Jack and Serrafimo Spang were described as being the hardest of the criminal gang but are never given enough time to prove this. Perhaps it would have helped to have Bond’s torture scene portrayed as unlike Casino Royale the incident is skipped. I thought that it was a shame as it was one of the best parts of Casino Royale and gave the reader an insight into how Bond thinks and acts when he was under pressure and in significant distress.The book also describes a lot of travel in a fair amount of detail; multiple locations are visited, for example New York City, Saratoga Springs, Las Vegas, etc. and while I'm sure this was of interest to readers in the 1950s who never set foot outside of the UK it meant that there was no real geographical anchor to the story. But it is interesting to hear Fleming's observations and musings on the USA and the American way of life from a mid-fifties perspective.Fleming's action set pieces are full of tension and excitement and are what really makes the book. The ones earlier on, for example the mud bath scene are better than the ones later on, the train chase through the desert for instance. Unfortunately, yet again we get drawn out gambling scenes explained in excruciating levels of detail. I have to confess that this tends to bore me and in Diamonds Are Forever we have the added "thrill" of not only card playing but horse racing too.So in summary, probably the weakest of the Bond novels so far with too much exposition about the mechanics of diamond smuggling and I felt that Bond succeeded in his mission primarily by luck and violence alone. Yes, it has the usual ethnic and racial faults plus we get far too much detail on the minutia of gambling (yet again) but it’s the first novel where Bond is actually nice to women. Criticisms aside it was still exciting, plus it contained enough action to keep me entertained. Like the name of the novel itself: this book is a gem albeit perhaps not the most sparking one.I'm enjoying reading the Bond books, especially as I know the movies so well. James Bond will return!

  • Ariel
    2018-10-01 02:15

    By far, my favorite Ian Fleming novel yet! Bravo!My journey with James Bond has started at the beginning with Casino Royale and has gone in order of publication (according to Ianfleming.com). So out of the four I've listened to in this audiobook journey, this story is by far the best and most interesting of them all.Just a reminder to the Social Justice Warriors out there that will be offended by derogatory, misogynistic, racist, xenophobic language: Ian Fleming is not for you. James Bond is not for you. Literature from the 1950s and 60s is not for you. Please go away and stop barking up the wrong tree about how this offended you. Remember the timeframe and the political events that were occurring to prompt someone to write the way they did and how they did. It's actually rather interesting to remember my college level classes on the Cold War and the attitudes that America/Britain had to Germany and other countries. It really gives you an insight to what a SOLDIER (cause yes, Ian Fleming did fight in WWW II) would think post-war.I just needed to get off my soapbox there for a second. Anyhoo, this Bond Girl is also one of my very favorites, and the explanation of her name had me laugh out loud. I have to wonder if Fleming gave these Bond ladies outrageous names on purpose to make them a caricature or if he honestly believed those would be names that could be taken seriously.The storyline is fabulous. Bond is asked by M to investigate and assist the Americans (again. Those darn Americans!) in finding the end of a pipeline of stolen diamonds from Africa that are being distributed in America, Britain, and elsewhere and follow these diamonds from seller to source. Bond meets the lovely Tiff Case, a rather rude and straight spoken woman with a horrendous history, who is currently working for the American Mob in finding a smuggler for the gems to get them from Britain to America. Enter Bond who takes on the role as smuggler and finds himself possibly in too deep.The writing is top notch, and the descriptions spot on and awesome. I could pick out each of the characters from a crowd with how Fleming describes them.I listened to this via an audiobook through Overdrive at my local library, and the narrator was AWESOME! Damian Lewis did and American accent PERFECTLY and I honestly stopped what I was doing when I first heard his accents change, not just his voices. It was superb acting and felt like I was in an audio drama.I highly recommmend that everyone who enjoys thrillers or spy movies or action adventure type things to give the grandfather of spy novels a chance. His books are superb and the storylines engaging and fabulous.

  • Aaron
    2018-10-09 03:18

    Either Fleming is stuck in a rut or I am. The fourth novel in the 007 series follows the formula that the third (Moonraker) avoided. Bond scouts out his mission, flashes back to Bond's interview with M, infiltrates the villain's organization, meets the girl, etc. As with Live & Let Die, the job is a treasure hunt (diamond smugglers) rather than actual espionage. But because it involves the Mafia, the spy element feels slightly more authentic than it has in previous novels.Or it would if Fleming bothered to give his villains depth. These are yeggs right out of central casting, grimacing goombas in loud suits. I get the sense that Fleming spoke with a contact in the FBI, but that he only recalled what confirmed his stereotypes.Bond himself is a terrible terrible spy. He can't keep a low profile: after a week on the case, he pals around with a Pinkerton agent (recurring char. Felix Leiter) & stirs up trouble that gets a G-man killed, himself tortured, & the girl raped. That girl, a streetwise American named "Tiffany Case" is frigid until Bond melts her with his tough, forceful love. I haven't even mentioned the pair of homosexual hit men. My god, this is conservative writing!And yet, it's not bad writing, not quite. It's got a momentum that pushes you through the novel. Bond himself is compelling, partly because he's such a cad & partly because he's authentically smart (except when he isn't). And Fleming's getting better as a writer: previous novels have had one or two nice set-pieces that kindle the imagination (gambling scenes, usually). Here, there are several good ones, most importantly an apocalyptic climax involving Bond derailing a steam locomotive in the desert. The opening chapter's downright poetic.After enjoying Moonraker, I figured I'd read a few more 007 novels. Since I've already got the next volume, From Russia with Love (I picked it & Diamonds up on discount at the Strand), I'll follow through. But while I'm enjoying 007, I find the racism, the sexism, & most of all, the sadism kind of disgusting. There's also a pleasure to reading Fleming's series - in the tight, confident style and, yes, in the conservative sense of righteous violence - but it diminishes with each return. But my greatest disappointment is that 007 isn't actually a spy. I'm crossing my fingers that From Russia has bona fide espionage. That'll be enough to carry me through.

  • Jerome
    2018-09-21 06:25

    Not much can be said about the literary merits of "Diamonds are Forever". You read it because it's the original conception of an iconic fictional character. You read it for a quaint romp through 50s America as imagined by an Englishman. You read it to draw comparisons with the movie. Yet be warned, Bond doesn't really do much. The reader gets more details on Bond's eating, drinking, showering and napping habits than anything else. The "mystery" is on par with, say, a "Rockford Files" episode, conveniently solved before the final commercial break, the dialogue no more than a risque episode of "Leave it to Beaver". Overall it's a goofy and cute book, a harmless way to spend an afternoon."They've got a good machine, even if they do have funny names," warns Bond's old friend from Texas, former CIA agent Felix Leiter.Leiter's words of warning turn out to be exaggerated. The "Spangled Mob" Bond does battle against are amateurs, and only with help from Bond in terms of some lunkish decision-making do they even come close to threatening him. It is a singularly dissatisfying element in a novel that never gels, and in terms of plot, represents a step back from the engagingly visceral storylines of previous Bond adventures.What Fleming does get right, beyond an interesting beginning which presents a scorpion stalking a beetle before the narrative moves up the food chain, are the settings. Whether describing mud baths in Saratoga, N.Y. or dining out in Manhattan, Fleming makes sure his prose bathes you with atmosphere. His ability to make minutia diverting is almost a thing of amusement in itself. Las Vegas gets the blunt end of Fleming's pen, described as a noisy, gnashing place where old ladies clutch mindlessly at slot machines and every casino is mobbed up. Nothing wrong with writing the truth.You only wish Fleming allowed his book more space to capture all this and room enough for Bond to have a decent case. Alas, 007 is largely a mule in this one, pretending to be a diamond carrier in order to get to the heart of the smuggling operation. He gets so bored he decides to flip things over with some sudden improvisation work that exposes him as a potential risk to the Spangled Mob. Since Fleming seems to share Bond's contempt for the situation, this doesn't succeed in making things more interesting.

  • Matt
    2018-10-16 07:45

    Review: Diamonds Are ForeverMaybe you can strike a blow for Freedom, Home and Beauty with that rusty old equalizer of yours. Is it still the Beretta? -Felix Leiter to James Bond, Diamonds are ForeverWith diamonds as the catalyst for action and adventure in Ian Fleming’s fourth James Bond novel, Diamonds are Forever features Bond investigating the diamond smuggling pipeline between Africa, the United States and Britain. When the British government realizes that over two million pounds worth of diamonds are being illegally smuggled out of the country every year—taking a toll on England’s most profitable post-war business—M puts Bond on the job.After assuming the identity of a low-level smuggler in the London end of the pipeline, Bond jets off to New York City with diamonds in tow—but not before meeting one Tiffany Case. Case, a beautiful woman with a troubled past and member of the infamous Spangled Mob, is to be Bond’s escort and watchful eye on his journey. What follows is an enjoyable, if somewhat slow paced James Bond experience. Fleming is able to keep the story interesting with an army of oddball villains, including the Wild West obsessed leader of the Spangled Mob Seraffimo Spang and his odd ball assassins Wint and Kidd. Overall, Diamonds are Forever is a solid, but not the most memorable entry in Fleming’s Bond anthology.

  • Greg
    2018-10-03 07:23

    Given the massive selection of homoerotic spy thrillers of the mid-fifties, it's hard to select the best. But "Diamonds are Forever" is the weirdest by far. Toward the end of "Diamonds" Tiffany Case questions Bond about marriage. His reply is, "Matter of fact I'm almost married already. To a man. Name begins with M. I'd have to divorce him before I tried marrying a woman." Concerning the "lavender boys", a driver says "the only irons they can handle are in their pockets," then later Bond says, "I wouldn't mind seeing a little more of those two." There are lots of naked guys, at one point twenty or so covered in mud with only one shower to share. Not to mention the appearance of a "black sausage of metal." I'm not necessarily saying that this one is a soft-core precursor for "Fifty Shades of Gray" fifty years later, but I just couldn't help myself from typing this. I've read the previous three, so to me "Diamonds" is the weakest as far as plot/storyline, "Moonraker" the strongest. "Diamonds" is absolutely worth a read just for the laughs at the many weird and surprising sexual metaphors. Now, on to "From Russia With Love", which I already have on my "to read" shelf here at home. I'm really enjoying these, they are far better than I ever imagined.

  • Gerald
    2018-09-19 03:18

    As I may have pointed out before on these pages, I have been venturing back into the Bond novels with the idea that the contrasts with 'Sixties sexual mores and concepts of maleness may be enlightening or amusing or both.Ian Fleming was masterful in his descriptions when the setting was in Britain. And I thought he did a nice job of describing Istanbul, not that I would know from the couple of times I've been there for visits of only a few days.But sally onto American soil, and, I'm sorry, the verisimilitude goes into limey Thomas Crapper's famous invention. I don't know whether Fleming ever traveled here, but he writes about the US of A as if he read about it in some comic book. ("Live and Let Die" suffers from the same lack of believability, with the added annoyance of racial stereotypes that are also in this book, but not center stage.)He can't even coin American-sounding names! Bond's perennial CIA helpmate is Felix Leiter. And he's from Texas. Come again, pardner? That might be the moniker of a low-class pimp in SoHo but not a chisel-jawed, tobacco-chewin' Yank.Ho hum. But also the experience was ruined by my seeing an ageless Jill St. John in my mind's eye every time Tiffany Case reenters the plot.

  • Morgan
    2018-10-05 08:39

    Let me tell you the plot of every James Bond book. It may seem like cheating, to extrapolate the entire set from only 3.5 samples, but I feel justified in doing so given James' particular predictability:M gives James an assignment, warning him to be careful. James thinks himself above such caution. He meets the female -- she is unattainable and therefore interesting. He meets the antagonist (individual or group). He gains an ally. He gets captured, beat up, and survives great pain and duress. The female helps, warns, and/or saves him despite her proximity to the antagonist. They banter. James kills some bad guys and returns to the office. M send him on vacation to shack up with the girl.Occasionally Ian Fleming mixes things up with:A. BETRAYAL!B. RacismC. High speed car chasesCongratulations, you now know what happens EVERY James Bond book.

  • Dave Russell
    2018-10-02 03:17

    This was much better than Live and Let Die. The sadism was more sadistic, the suspense more suspenseful, and there's a kick ass chase scene involving a fricking train. Although the main bad guy (actually bad guys--twins) weren't as interesting as Mr. Big from LALD, the two henchmen--Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd (gay hitmen!)--more than made up for it.

  • Craig
    2018-10-11 04:31

    James bond! Women loving, ass kicking super spy!! Well, not so much in this book. It was readable but a bit dull with the odd smattering of action. Oh and the movie that shares it's name was nothing like this book, in fact it's a rare occasion where the movie is better than the book :)