I finally read this, during the week, on my train trip to/from work. I get through a lot of books on my daily commute to Sydney.
I really enjoyed it. I would love to see this made into a period Bond film. There was the Cold War atmosphere, the wonderful descriptions of food, the characters (I especially enjoyed Darius, who reminded me of Darko Kerim, and Kerim Bey), action scenes - especially on the plane. I also liked the villain even though his motives are unclear.
I felt transported to places like Paris and Tehran, and it was a fitting tribute to Ian Fleming.