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"The Spy Who Loved Me"

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#1 Gothamite



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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:06 PM

I've recently gone about the task of reading the Fleming novels with weaker reputations than the classics, including DAF, TMWTGG and finally TSLWM. In all three cases, I was pleasantly surprised, no more so than in the case of this particular book. Yes it is troubled by Ian Fleming's jaw-dropping misogyny (particular that passage), but for the most part he creates a truly compelling, three-dimensional female character and a thrilling 'bottle episode' in Bond's life where finally, we get to see him from another character's perspective.


Purely as a romantic story, Bond comes across really well in this story and you get a sense of why a woman could fall in love with such a man, even though their encounter will be fleeting.


Thoroughly enjoyed it and I find it strange that there's such divisive opinions around it.  

#2 AMC Hornet

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:56 PM

I don't mind reading TSWLM, provided I jump from p31 directly to p57, then from p64 to p76.


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