Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are Forever

by Ian Fleming

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Overview

An international diamond-smuggling pipeline has opened up and the British Treasury wants to know who’s controlling it. Impersonating a captured courier named Peter Franks, Bond infiltrates the criminal ring and finds an unlikely ally in Tiffany Case, a gorgeous American with a dark past. As the ring’s stateside go-between, she may be just another link in the chain, but Tiffany is also Bond’s best shot at finding the elusive figure at the head of the operation—a syndicate boss known only by the initials “ABC.” But if Bond’s cover gets blown, he’ll find that the only thing harder than a diamond is surviving the payback of a pair of murderous henchmen.

With a sparkling trail of smuggled gems as bait, Diamonds Are Forever leads Bond on a globe-hopping mission where deadly assassins lurk behind every corner.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185460
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 153,191
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of the world's best-known secret agent, was the author of fourteen James Bond adventures.

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Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the original James Bond stories. I love the movies and own them all. The book is very different, which is not at all surprising. I still enjoyed it. I do intend on rewatching the movie soon, so I can better see the differences between the two. It has been awhile since I watched this particular movie.
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
British Secret Service agent James Bond, 007 is sent on an assignment by his superior, M. Acting on information received from Special Branch, M tasks Bond with infiltrating a smuggling ring running diamonds from mines in Sierra Leone to the United States. Bond must travel as far as possible down the pipeline to uncover those responsible. Using the identity of Peter Franks, a country house burglar turned diamond smuggler, he meets Tiffany Case, an attractive go-between who developed an antipathy towards men after being gang-raped as a teenager.Bond discovers that the smuggling ring is operated by "The Spangled Mob", a ruthless American gang run by the brothers Jack and Seraffimo Spang. Bond follows the pipeline from London to New York, where he is instructed by Shady Tree to earn his fee through betting on a rigged horse race in nearby Saratoga. At Saratoga Bond meets Felix Leiter, a former CIA agent working at Pinkertons as a private detective investigating crooked horse racing. Leiter bribes the jockey to ensure the failure of the plot to rig the race. When Bond goes to pay the bribe, he witnesses two homosexual thugs, Wint and Kidd, attack the jockey.Bond calls Shady Tree to enquire further about the payment of his fee and is told to go to the Tiara Hotel in Las Vegas. The Tiara is owned by Seraffimo Spang and operates as the headquarters of the Spangled Mob. Spang also owns an old Western ghost town, named "Spectreville", restored to be his own private vacation retreat. At the hotel, Bond finally receives payment through a rigged blackjack game where the dealer is Tiffany Case. However, he disobeys his orders by continuing to gamble in the casino after "winning" the money he is owed. Spang suspects that Bond may be a 'plant' and has him captured and tortured. However, with Tiffany's help he escapes from Spectreville aboard a railway push-car with Seraffimo Spang in pursuit aboard an old Western train. Bond re-routs the train to a side line and shoots Spang before the resulting crash. Assisted by Leiter, Bond and Case go via California to New York, where they board the Queen Elizabeth to travel to London. However, Wint and Kidd observe their embarkation and followed them on board. They kidnap Case, planning to kill her and throw her overboard. Bond rescues her and kills both gangsters; for precaution, he makes it look like a murder-suicide.Case subsequently informs Bond of the details of the pipeline. It begins in Africa where a dentist would pay miners to smuggle diamonds in their mouths which he would extract during a routine appointment. From there the dentist would take the diamonds and rendezvous with a German helicopter pilot. Eventually the diamonds would go to Paris, and from there to London. There, after telephone instructions from a contact known as ABC, Case would then meet a person to explain how to smuggle the diamonds to New York City. After returning to London, Bond flies on to Freetown in Sierra Leone and then to where the next diamond rendezvous takes place. With the collapse of the rest of the pipeline, Jack Spang (who turns out to be the mysterious ABC) shuts down his diamond smuggling pipeline by killing its participants. Spang himself is killed when Bond shoots down his helicopter.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One more gem from the pen of Ian Fleming. After reading several original novels I have to say that nobody depicts James Bond in a manner Ian Fleming had (I am yet to read few newer James Bond novels written by other authors to see how close they have come to the original :)). He is shown as human being, with his fears, mistakes (for which he pays quite a price), morals, quite a streak of vengeance and complete recklessness in his character, but always a complete professional - what has to be done is done, no regrets and no remorse (except only, as it is case in this novel, a reflection on why people always tend to do the things the hard way using violence). I have to say that Daniel Craig's James Bond is very, very similar to the one presented in Fleming's novels (at first I was truly skeptic about him playing James Bonds but I am truly glad I was proved wrong).James Bond has infiltrated an international diamond smuggling organization with a goal of identifying all components of "the diamond pipeline" - all the key players. As it is usually the case in James Bond novels things do not go smoothly and James Bond finds himself yet again fighting for his very life.If you are looking for great adventure and great characters read this one (better yet, if you can, do read all of the Fleming's novels :))Highly recommended.
alaskayo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth novel of Fleming's series of James Bond adventures, Diamonds are Forever is generally regarded to be the biggest flop of the early stories, one of the weaker entries in the Bondverse. It's easy to see why: the story itself is Bond going to America undercover, to investigate the Spangled mob and the diamond-smuggling network reaching from Africa to England to the US, because Her Majesty's country is losing money from diamonds being stolen and smuggled from their territory of French Guinea (which became just Guinea 2 years after the book's publication! Wow! So interesting!). Now, after Bond stopped London from the effects of the world's most powerful nuclear missile, and battled the menacing figure of Mr. BIG/Baron Samedi, going up against the mob doesn't seem like much...and it ain't. Two other common complaints with DAF is that Bond travels between too many locations too fast (French Guinea->London->New York->Saratoga->Las Vegas->Spectreville (ghost town)->Los Angeles->cruise ship->F. Guinea--and it's one of the shorter Bond novels), and similarly, there are simply too many villains being introduced, all typical of Fleming's style, and by that I mean that they're...just...strange. Oh, yeah, Bond also says "shaken, not stirred" for the first time here. I had been starting to think that the famous Bond lines were made up for the films strictly.Diamonds are Forever overall has a more typical noir pulp feel to it, partly due to the lack of a supervillain, and the inclusion of the Pinkertons helping out. Felix Leiter returns to lend his helpful claw to Bond, and has left the CIA and become a Pinkerton man, working as a PI for them. We're also rewarded with one of, I think, the best Bond girls. Tiffany Case! The bond between these two cats feels a little more genuine here (but only a little), and Tiffany is also more fleshed out as a character than what we're used to.The leading villain of the adventure doesn't make much of an appearance. Only for a brief scene near the beginning, and to die in the last chapter. The Spangled mob is led by the brothers Spang, this man just mentioned and his brother operating from Las Vegas, and the book's biggest detractor. He's just too silly. He dresses up as a classic cowboy, and likes to spend his weekends running a train out of a ghost town he bought, which of course Bond has to go to. Everything related to this Cowboy Man was just too ridiculous for me. The football-torture scene had me just thinking "what? stupid." Despite the surrounding silliness of this particular brother Spang, the Las Vegas (keep in mind: it's the '50s!) and mud bath and cruise scenes have provided some of the best Bond sequences yet. And the reunion of Bond and Leiter is classic.Overall, a step down, but only barely, from the last two. Still a worthwhile read.F.V.: 70%[583]
brettjames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good romp, for sure. Fleming, bored with spies, sends Bond after American gangsters. The results are mixed, as Fleming doesn't manage any depth to the bad guys. Still, the description of a trans-Atlantic flight in 1956 is worth the price of admission.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good Bond book. A human, beaten but tough and persevering spy in the wilds of southern Nevada of the early 1950's. Again not the cartoonish Sean Connery. When reading these books I think of the newer blonder less suave Bond.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this better than Moonraker, but I could never warm up to Tiffany Case. When Bond goes over to America I never seem to have as much fun as when he stays in Europe, but this was a bit of an exception. The reappearance of Felix Leiter made me smile, as he's been a favorite of mine since he first came into the series, all in all, a good read.
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Please put back on the nook and I would buy it
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Mycroft More than 1 year ago
James Bond is back as he uncovers a diamond smuggling ring. It is a little different from the movie which here is a good pace as you get more indepth with the characters. It is an enjoyable read.
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DOCTORWHOFREAK More than 1 year ago
This book is one of Ian Flemming's best!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've got to say that I'm pretty jealous of Mr. Bond. Tiffany Case is quite a gal. Fleming's writing, as usual, is tight and precise and wonderfully descriptive. You won't want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far, I've read 7 of the 14 James Bond novels and Diamonds Are Forever is the most interesting and diverse of the books. The movie is nothing like the book. Other than most of the characters and the location being in Vegas, the movie goes off on its own plot line. Blofeld is not in this book and hasn't even been introduced in the series at this point. There is also no satellite of diamonds that shoots a laser beam. The book is solely about diamond smuggling and gang wars in the US. For writing in the time period that he did, Ian Fleming uses a very diverse group of characters, especially in this book. There are many different gangs represented in this story from many different backgrounds. Also, two of the main villians are refered to as being homosexual. A very bold way to write for the 1950s. If you want to experience the way James Bond was meant to be, I strongly recommend Diamonds Are Forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the first 4 Bond Diamonds are Forever is by far the most action packed! Sure the start is slow and a little boring, but before you get sick of the book you get pulled right back in. The book is filled with loads of action so far only seen in the movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond is back! In the story, Bond must follow the trail of stolen diamonds which lead to the long time archenemy:Ernst Starvo Blofeld. With the famous license to kill, Blofeld is finally killed. With him dead, Bond faces new enemies in later books written by Ian Fleming. The plot's good. A lot of detours. A good story.