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Live and Let Die: Read the second gripping unforgettable James Bond novel (James Bond 007, 2)

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Fleming had a long-held interest in pirates, from the novels he read as a child through to films such as Captain Blood (1935) with Errol Flynn, which he enjoyed watching. Bond's briefing also provides an opportunity for Fleming to offer his views on race through his characters.

A very pretty copy of Fleming's second novel, written in just two months at his Goldeneye estate, before the reviews of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, landed. Born in London in 1908, Ian Fleming worked as a banker and journalist before serving in the British Naval Intelligence during World War II. The dust wrapper is a very good or better example with the Kenneth Lewis blurb found to the lower portion of the front flap, denoting a first edition, second state copy.Using voodoo as a method of control Mr Big dominates the gangs of Harlem, running the gold from Jamaica to Harlem, but can it be proved, and can he be stopped. The term “negro”, which was obviously much more commonly used in 1954, is abundant, and other derogatory terms are used as well since so many of the characters are black. They were animal eyes, not human, and they seemed to blaze … Bond knew from the records that he was six and a half foot tall and weighed twenty stone [280 lbs], and that little of it was fat. Live and Let Die was published in the US in January 1955 by Macmillan; there was only one major change in the book, which was that the title of the fifth chapter was changed from "Nigger Heaven" to "Seventh Avenue".

Barest trace of marginal toning and bits of faint foxing, else beautiful, with no bumps to extremities.Casino Royale was released on 13 April 1953 in the UK as a hardback edition by publishers Jonathan Cape. There’s a fun section across p24-25 where Leiter gives Bond a reminder of how to be American, talking about asking for the ‘check’ rather than the ‘bill’, and ‘cab’ v ‘taxi’ etc. Live and Let Die isn't always the white-knuckled thriller that Casino Royale was, but it's a solid book. The book comes with a bright, stunning original first edition dust jacket which has benefited from very slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator and presents in near fine condition. He held the tip between finger and thumb and very deliberately started to bend it back, giggling inanely to himself.

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