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[Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever]
section break "Meet Tiffany Case, a cold, gorgeous, hard-boiled blonde; the kind of girl you could get into a lot of trouble with - if you wanted. She stands between James Bond and the leaders of a diamond-smuggling ring that stretches from Africa via London to the States. Bond uses her to infiltrate the gang, but once in America the hunter becomes the hunted. 007 is in real danger until help comes from an unlikely quarter, the ice maiden herself."
-From the 2002 Penguin Edition

Diamonds Are Forever is essentially James Bond vs. the American Mob. Bond's first adventure in the USA pitts him up against the Spangled Mob who specialize in diamond smuggling and horse race fixing. After a tip leads Bond to the House Of Diamonds and in particular, one Mr. Saye. After questioning him and realizing he knows nothing about diamonds, Bond departs for America under the guise of Peter Franks, a for-hire smuggler.

It is in America that Bond's true adventure begins. However, he doesn't have to go at it alone as Felix Leiter returns after a one novel hiatus. Although he has been slightly disfigured, it is still great to have him back...something the movie version should try now instead of Jack Wade.

Bond first lands in New York City but it isn't until he goes to Las Vegas that the action begins to heat up. After a harrowing incident in a mud bath just outside New York, Bond goes to Vegas to gamble with the mob's money. Needless to say a car chase, a train chase, and a boat battle later Bond has saved the day and gotten the girl.

The novel started out with a bang and then seemed to taper off from there. The first seven pages of the book were about a scorpion stalking out his prey in the desert and going in for the kill; a perfect parallel to James Bond. Then, the diamond deal went down and Bond went in to see Mr. Saye. All elements of a suspenseful book. Then, when Bond arrived in America, the book seemed to go downhill. To his credit, Fleming did an excellent job of describing 50's America, it just didn't work to have Bond there. The book had more of a classic gangster movie feel than a classic Bond novel. None-the-less, it is still worth reading.

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Diamonds are Forever

March 26, 1956
Author: Ian Fleming

Villain: Jack and Serrafimo
Organization: The Spangled
Bond Girl: Tiffany Case
Allies: Felix Leiter, Ernest


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 Casino Royale
 Live and Let Die
 Diamonds Are Forever
 From Russia With Love
 Dr. No
 For Your Eyes Only
 The Spy Who Loved Me
 On Her Majesty's Secret

 You Only Live Twice
 The Man With The Golden


 Ian Fleming Biography

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