DR NO. James Bond 007

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9780141028279: DR NO. James Bond 007

[Read by Hugh Quarshie]
[*This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Quarshie.]

The novel that inspired the first Bond film to ever make it to the big screen.

M thinks he has an easy case for 007. Exactly what's needed after his latest near-fatal encounter with SMERSH. However, arriving in Jamaica to look for a missing agent and his secretary, Bond learns that the reclusive Dr. Julius No could be connected with their disappearance. When Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are imprisoned on Dr. No's private island, they realize that his plans could threaten international security.

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About the Author:

Ian Fleming (1908-1964) was born in London and educated at Eton and Sandhurst. During World War II, he served in British Naval Intelligence, playing a key role in shaping the prototype CIA. His wide-ranging, fast-paced life would provide the backdrop for his beloved spy novels featuring the perennially charming James Bond.

Audiobook narrator Hugh Quarshie was born in Accra, Ghana in 1954. A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was awarded the 1986 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Great White Hope. His many film and television credits include Highlander, Star Wars: Episode 1, and Doctor Who.

From AudioFile:

[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with GOLDFINGER and LIVE & LET DIE.]--Through the filter of modern sensitivities, the James Bond adventures of Ian Fleming appear to be racist, sexist, overflowing with nicotine and alcohol, and melodramatic. But exchange that filter with one of historical perspective, and one finds oneself in a delightful romp out of time. Robert Whitfield's polished voice is an enchanting accompaniment to Fleming's exotic settings and stories. His English accent is as smooth as a dry martini--shaken not stirred--and he slips into other accents (West Indian and African American in LIVE & LET DIE, German in GOLDFINGER, and Chinese in DR. NO) as easily as the fictional 007 slips out of a dangerous situation and into the bed of a beautiful woman. Listening to these unabridged novels is more subtle than watching the films, but ultimately more rewarding. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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