From Russia, with Love – Ian Fleming


From Russia, with Love is the fifth novel by the English author Ian Fleming to feature his fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. Fleming wrote the story in early 1956 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica; at the time he thought it might be his final Bond book. The novel was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 8 April 1957. The story centres on a plot by SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, to assassinate Bond in such a way as to discredit both him and his organisation. As bait, the Russians use a beautiful cipher clerk and the Spektor, a Soviet decoding machine. Much of the action takes place in Istanbul and on the Orient Express. The book was inspired by Fleming’s visit to Turkey on behalf of The Sunday Times to report on an Interpol conference; he returned to Britain by the Orient Express. From Russia, with Love deals with the East–West tensions of the Cold War, and the decline of British power and influence in the post-Second World War era. From Russia, with Love received broadly positive reviews at the time of publication. The book’s sales were boosted by an advertising campaign that played upon a visit by the British Prime Minister Anthony Eden to the Goldeneye estate, and the publication of an article in Life, which listed From Russia, with Love as one of US President John F. Kennedy‘s ten favourite books. The story was serialised in the Daily Express newspaper, first in an abridged, multi-part form and then as a comic strip. In 1963 it was adapted into the second film in the Bond series, starring Sean Connery.  … To make Bond a more rounded character, Fleming put further aspects of his personality into his creation. The journalist and writer Matthew Parker observes that Bond’s ‘physical and mental ennui’ is a reflection of Fleming’s poor health and low spirits when he wrote the book. The early depictions of Bond were based on earlier literary characters. In New Statesman, the journalist William Cook writes of the early Bond. … The novelist Raymond Benson—who later wrote a series of Bond novels—sees aspects of self-doubt entering Bond’s mind with the ‘soft’ life he has been leading when he is introduced in the book. Benson identifies Bond’s fear when the flight to Istanbul encounters severe turbulence from a storm, and notes Bond’s apparent nervousness when he first meets Romanova; he seems concerned and guilty about his mission. …”
Wikipedia
W – From Russia with Love (film)
W – Orient Express
Guardian: A budget Orient Express
YouTube: From Russia With Love (1963) Official Trailer – Sean Connery James Bond Movie HD

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