From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

by Ian Fleming

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ISBN-13: 9781727376616
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2018
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 598,103
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming (1908-1964) worked in Naval Intelligence at the British Admiralty during World War II. His wartime experiences provided him with the inspiration for his sensationally popular James Bond novels.

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From Russia with Love (James Bond Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far the most intelligent and realistic of the Bond books. Fleming's description of the MGB (later KGB) headquarters in Moscow's Dzherzinsky Square, where the plot to lure British agent James Bond to his death is first revealed, is reputedly based on information to which he was privy in his capacity as a WWII officer in British Naval Intelligence -- likewise the recruitment and training of the psychopathic killer Red Grant, one of the most formidable of Bond's enemies (and the only one in the films who looked for a while about to kill Bond for sure! 007 meets his match in Grant!) This is the book behind what in my opinion is the best of the Bond movies, steeped in the atmosphere of the Cold War into which the Bond series was born. 007 travels to Istanbul in pursuit of the bait, a Lektor decoder which can read top secret Soviet military and intelligence signal traffic. Another form of bait is the beautiful Tatiana Romanova, an MGB cipher clerk allegedly in love with Bond, willing to defect with the Lektor if only 007 will come and fetch her. (Fleming takes yet another jab at the Reds by choosing this name for Bond's love interest -- Romanov was the family name of the last Czar of old imperial Russia, the family doomed to extinction by the Russian revolution.) Kerim Bey adds a bit of panache, mischief and mystery as 'Our man in Istanbul,' Head of Station T (for Turkey). A truly great and suspenseful plot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SMERSH is fed up. Their plans and schemes chronicaled in (respectively)Casino Royale, Live & Let Die, Moonraker & Diamonds Are Forever have not only been derailed, but all by the same British secret agent 007 James Bond. The plot simple -eliminate 007 and disgrace his reputation of honorable service to his country. The bait, one red hot Soviet defector Tatiana Romanova bearing unconditional love for one James Bond and the promise to deliver a lecter deciphering machine, and a super assasin guaranteed to provide the elimination. A fiendish plot carried out with precise calculation that fails to take one matter into consideration, James Bond's license to kill is only surpassed by his will to survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Bond book was a fantastic story. the different pov's were great, and this was an all around good book. some thought it to start off slow, but it makes up for it at the end with the train ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this good, sexy, and exciting Bond adventure Bond is taking on a whole new mission. As we know, James is still getting rid of SPECTRE, but it is a great novel.
debs4jc on LibraryThing 18 days ago
A classic James Bond tale, this one features many heartstopping moments as Bond gets in one scrape after another. This time the Russians are after him...and they devise a plan to use his weakness (women, what else) to get him into a position where they can assasinate him. Enter one of the creepiest assassins I have ever read about, and the beautiful Russian girl who is going to entice him. Bond travels to Turkey where the girl is supposedly going to defect and there his adventure start--culminating in a train ride on the Orient Express with several Russian--or are they Russian?--agents on his tail.Good stuff for the fan of hair-raising adventures. Fleming was certainly not one to write about women with respect, however, so that may bother some readers. Read the book and then watch the movie--you will be amazed at the differences and have fun trying to figure out which one is better.
brettjames on LibraryThing 25 days ago
For once, I agree with JFK...
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing 25 days ago
SMERSH, the Soviet counterintelligence agency, plans to commit a grand act of terrorism in the intelligence field. For this, it targets British secret service agent James Bond. Due in part to his role in the defeat of Le Chiffre, Mr. Big and Hugo Drax, Bond has been listed as an enemy of the Soviet state and a "death warrant" has been issued for him. His death is planned to precipitate a major sex scandal, which will run through the world press for months and leave his and his service's reputation in tatters. Bond's killer is to be SMERSH executioner Red Grant, a psychopath whose homicidal urges coincide with the full moon. Kronsteen, SMERSH's chess-playing master planner, and Colonel Rosa Klebb, head of Operations and Executions, devise the operation. They persuade an attractive young cipher clerk, Corporal Tatiana Romanova, to falsely defect from her post in Istanbul, claiming to have fallen in love with Bond after seeing his file photograph. As an added incentive, Tatiana will provide the British with a Spektor, a Russian decoding device much coveted by MI6. She is not told the details of the plan.An offer of the Spektor is subsequently received by MI6 in London, ostensibly from Romanova, and contains the condition that Bond collects her and the machine in Istanbul. MI6 is unsure of Romanova's story, but the prize of the Spektor is too tempting to ignore and Bond's superior, M, orders him to go to Turkey and meet her. Bond meets and quickly forms a comradeship with Darko Kerim, head of the British service's station in Turkey. Kerim takes Bond to a meal with some Gypsies, in which Bond witnesses a brutal catfight, interrupted by an attack by Soviet agents. In retaliation, Bond helps Kerim assassinate a top Bulgarian agent.Bond duly encounters Romanova and the two plan their route out of Turkey with the Spektor. He and Kerim believe her story and in due course she, Bond and Kerim board the Orient Express with the Spektor. Bond and Kerim quickly discover three MGB agents on board travelling incognito. Kerim uses bribes and trickery to have the two taken off the train, but he is later found dead in his compartment with the body of the third agent, both having been killed by Grant. At Trieste a fellow MI6 agent, "Captain Nash", arrives on the train and Bond presumes he has been sent by M as added protection for the rest of the trip. Tatiana is suspicious of Nash, but Bond reassures her that Nash is from his own service. After dinner, at which Nash has drugged Romanova, Bond wakes up to find a gun pointing at him and Nash reveals himself to be the killer, Grant. Instead of killing Bond immediately, Grant reveals SMERSH's plan, including the detail that he is to shoot Bond through the heart and that the Spektor is booby-trapped to explode when examined. As Grant talks, Bond slips his metal cigarette case between the pages of a magazine he is holding in front of him and positions it in front of his heart to stop the bullet. After Grant fires, Bond pretends to be mortally wounded and when Grant steps over him, Bond attacks him: Grant is killed, whilst Bond and Romanova subsequently escape.Later, in Paris, after successfully delivering Tatiana and the Spektor to his superiors, Bond encounters Rosa Klebb. She is captured but manages to kick Bond with a poisoned blade concealed in her shoe; the story ends with Bond fighting for breath and falling to the floor.
girlwriter on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Ridiculous but good escapism
mausergem on LibraryThing 25 days ago
A very simple tale told with a lot of finesse.The SMERSH i.e. the assassins division of the Russian secret service after facing a lot of humiliation in recent times decide to take revenge. The plan is to kill James Bond and tarnish his image in the process. So they recruit a beautiful Russian girl to go to the Istambul British secret service opperative and tell him that she is desperately in love with James Bond after seeing his file and want to be with him and will also provide him with the Russian message decoder machine.Of course, James Bond could not let such a opportunity pass and lands up in Istanbul. What follows are facinating scenes of gypsies, honeymoon suite rendezvous and chase on the Oriental Express from Istanbul to Paris.A book filled with sex and adventure James Bond style.
alaskayo on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I'm a month late with this one, and I curse myself every day I think to write it and instead slouch down and back in my seat, sticking my belly out to hold a can of cola while playing Deus Ex repeatedly. Damn it! everything! I'm leaving in two days and currently reading Fleming's The Diamond Smugglers [not Bond-related], inspiring me to force myself to exit DX and type out a few paragraphs no matter the quality.Review! review! review!From Russia, with Love [the comma is sexy, damn you] is the finest Bond novel yet, beating even Casino Royale, yet the second most read--when it should be the fifth (I support the idea of reading a series in order! so should you!); of course, those of you who actually keep track of my reviews, which is no one, know I have a certain fondness for...well, train compartment scenes, you could say, get me hot. And the second half of this book takes place entirely on a train. kEwL!!!!118 The first third, which is really great the first time through and gets a lot of praise from fans while I seriously can't imagine it without a permeating and catching feeling of stalling ennui, follows the villains of SMERSH exclusively within Russian borders, and this being as well as the most entertaining and well-written the longest Bond novel yet means quite a number of pages [well, OK, not really, it's only 191 pages, and without that first third, it's actually the shortest in the series...but...but! tiny print!], the villains being shoulder to shoulder to all our classy favorites like Le Chiffre and Drax--no ****ing cowboys in sight (whew).The despicable wench Rosa Klebb, head of SMERSH, helps set up a plan to humiliate the British secret service (and their country) by setting Bond, Her Majesty's top agent, up to be killed in a juicy sex scandal that no paper would be able to resist (honestly, a bit of a lame revenge on their part; I can't imagine it would even have been that big a scandal, really???), and hires their most brutal assassin, the crackpot, moon-loving Irishman, Red Grant, 's well as forces the services of Russian citizen Tatiana Romanova, the most naive and accidentally-lascivious woman to ever live--after Solitaire perhaps?--, the sort of girl you'd see on all those modern Russian mail-order bride websites that feature no woman not resembling a stunning porn actress unlike reality and m/o/b sites for Thailand (go, go forth and use Google). Mmmm.M. punches Bond in the face and tells him to get his arse to Turkey (Istanbul) to meet their contact Darko, who says a cuteypie little Russian girl (Romanova) wants to defect (lies!...at least until she meets Bond...of course...duh), run away from Russia and give Britain a tool they'd love to get their hands on...I don't remember what it was, thanks Wikipedia, thanks actual copy being 10 feet away. Bond has brief adventures in a tunnel scene that reminded me quite a bit of the under-the-library parts from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (getting nostalgic here) and gets to see two women beat the hell out of each other while completely naked in a gypsy camp. All in good taste. Fights break out, Darko shows his Turkish ruthlessness, Bond patronizes everyone while praising: the British are elite, the end. Blah blah blah, '50s attitudes. Bond bangs Tatiana while being a complete idiot. I'm starting to really realise how dumb he can be while in the presense of a) (fancy) alcohol, b) free smokes and c) all those model women that throw themselves at him. Pretty much the second Tatiana lays her eyes on Bond, naked in his bed, she, instead of pretending to, truly falls in love and helplessly wants all that manly protection. Haw. THEN THE TRAIN HAPPENS!The Orient Express! Once a humble and beautiful, long long long train ride for all, now a shortened and absurdly over-priced tourist attraction (I hope I get to ride the Transsiberian train system before the same happens to that [a new movie called Transsiberia
clark.hallman on LibraryThing 25 days ago
In this, the fifth James Bond book, SMERSH unfolds a complicated and effective plot to kill Bond and discredit him and the Service. The action takes place in Istanbul and on the Orient Express, where Bond narrowly escapes death and saves his lover. This book devotes many interesting pages to SMERSH and other Russian operatives when they plan the assassination. I enjoyed it, but the ending is a cliffhanger.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This entry to the Bond series is currently in a close race with Casino Royale for my favorite story. The characters were enjoyable and the story was quick and enjoyable. Ultimately the ending was the best part for me. Beginning with the next story in the series (Doctor No) was a special treat after just having met the surprise ending.
ponsonby on LibraryThing 25 days ago
One of the best Bond books with its intricate build-up of Soviet preparations for an assassination, the events when Bond goes into the field, and his developing relationship with the Soviet agent sent to seduce him. Better than the film, which ridiculously cast a sophisticated Italian in the role of the near-innocent Tania.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
And so my Bond marathon reading continues. Better not to question it, as I still don't understand it myself.This volume was second best only to Casino Royale. Is it wrong that I loved this one more than the last few simply because there was more of Bond as a womanizer in it? I don't understand why I like it so much, but I feel I may have a problem....Anyway, Tatania Romanova, Russian operative, plays a huge part in this one and it definitely is "steamier" than the last few. I was slightly disappointed with how much Bond's intelligence seemed to drop because of the woman, but I suppose this was to establish that he is addicted to ladies and obviously has a major PROBLEM. Ah! All that aside, I loved it. It had a cliffhanger ending, which also made it a bit more alluring. Though I know he lives, I mean, why else would there be a zillion more of these books to read?
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
My biggest complaint with FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE—aside from the usual male chauvinism and innocent women who need a real man—I was well into this novel (over a third of the way) before Bond made his appearance. Did I really need to know that much about Mother Russia? I think not. I’d have been happier with much less, frankly, and I would have kept a few more sanity points. I even debated skipping ahead, but since I’ve approached my task of reading the entire Bond series the way one might approach a calculus exam, I trudged onward, even if there were times in the beginning where my unhappiness reached a near monumental level. And then Bond showed up in all of his male glory and all was right with the world. Or at least I thought so…until two tribal women in loincloths fight each other to the death, one with a massive bosom and the other a little less endowed, as the sun glistens off their naked, perfect bodies. Excuse me…what? Son of a Walther PPK! My inner goddess just cursed a red, white, and blue streak. And I probably fainted from a heatstroke. At this point, I might have actually cheered for a buxom beauty the size of a tank to haul off and repeatedly whack Bond with a knotted rope while his pants are around his ankles and a group of Russian women stare on in equal parts delight and horror. Turnabout is fair play, right? Other than being young and nubile and having looks that could kill, I was not particularly impressed with Tatiana Romanova. She might have had a certain amount of innocence, but I wasn’t buying it. This supposed thriller left with me few thrills, except for the one I received when I finished it. Side bar – I’ve started watching Mad Men. The reason I mention this is between reading the Bond novels and watching that AMC show—which end up being somewhat enjoyable for entirely different reasons and equally aggravating for the rampant, raging sexism—I feel like I’m next in line for lung cancer, even though I’ve never smoked a day in my life. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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