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I’m slowing re-visiting Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, as I tend to do every few years. This time, I’m preparing informal reader’s guides to answer a few questions of context and background; the same questions I’ve had every time I’ve read these books but was too lazy to answer previously. My guide for the first novel, Casino Royale, is here. I’ve completed one for Fleming’s second Bond novel, Live and Let Die (1954), and it’s posted here: https://thecreativelifeadventure.com/the-spy-who-read-me-thoughts-and-notes-on-ian-flemings-live-and-let-die-1954/. I expect to update this from time to time but with no set schedule. Live and Let Die might be my least favorite of Fleming’s Bond stories, but it’s filled with interesting factual references.
I’m focused on the books, not the movies, which any fan knows are generally quite different. The books were primarily intended as entertainment, so my intent in filling in some blanks regarding historic events, brand names, etc., is to enhance my own entertainment from the stories. If this reader guide gives you more entertainment from the book, so much the better. I plan to post similar documents on the other books over time. Enjoy!