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Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Toby Stephens’ expansive list of credits in film, theatre and television have earned him critical acclaim as a stage and screen actor of distinction. He will soon reprise his role as Captain Flint in the second season of Starz’s drama Black Sails, and recently starred in the critically acclaimed Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. Other theatre credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing at London’s Old Vic Theatre and Ibsen’s Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse. On film he played Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
"Mr. Fleming is in a class by himself." ( Daily Mail)
"Mr. Fleming…has never concocted a richer brew." ( New Yorker)
"Fleming is intensely observant, acutely literate and can turn a cliché into a silk purse with astute alchemy." ( New York Herald Tribune)
"Fleming’s tautest, most exciting and most brilliant tale." ( Times Literary Supplement)
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By Madalina on 11-05-12
A classical Bond in an elegant style
Would you listen to From Russia with Love again? Why?
I will return with pleasure to this audio, for the perfume of that times so well described in the book and most of all, for the incredible voice of Toby Stephens.
What did you like best about this story?
The book has some of the best ingredients for success : espionage, mystery, love story, friendship, travelling with one of the most romantic conveyance - the Orient Express
What about Toby Stephens’s performance did you like?
His outstanding performance took me in the middle of the story, mixing drama, mystery and feelings with extraordinary easiness. Listening to this audio book with all his old fashioned characters, impersonated by Toby Stephens with so much style and depth, it's a literary experience which turns into a personal one and that is why you will always want to return.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I have had many moments when I hardly stopped the device.
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By Alistair on 12-23-12
Truest Of Bonds. Bravo Mr Fleming
Much has obviously been written elsewhere about the history of Agent 007 in literay and filmic terms and will be written again through the future in all forms. I read the majority of the original James Bond books in my later school years before college with the exceptions of Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me and loved them from day one.
As such when I heard of the Bond Reloaded series I was very enthusiastic and based on what I just finished, I was right to be so. I picked FRWL based on it having been read by Toby Stevens who read Carte Blanche - One of the best parts of that also excellent audiobook.
Despite taking a while to get used once again to the familliar Fleming writing style I fell in love all over again. I was particularly partial to the accents given to Darko which makes the character seem like the kind of person I would love to know in that world and Rosa Kleb, the "Toad" of SMERSH.
I plan to go through them all eventually but before I go, I must say this. Thank you Mr Fleming for many days of happy reading. Bravo. An excelent release. Please buy this and the others if you can, Well worth your money.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By JOHN on 06-30-13
A Brilliant Bond
What did you like most about From Russia with Love?
A great story skilfully constructed and brilliantly written by Ian Fleming, it is superbly narrated by Toby Stephens and is guaranteed to enthrall and excite the listener. The film was one of the best of the Bond series but it pales when set beside the book which is so much better. And what a superb cast of characters - Red Grant, the chilling Irish-German psychotic killer: Darko Karim Bey, the head of Station T in Istanbul; the poisonous (in every sense!) Colonel Rosa Klebb of SMERSH; the beautiful and seductive Tatiana Romanova; Bond himself, of course - all brought brilliantly to life through the skill of Fleming's writing and Toby Stephen's excellent narration.This is outstanding and thrilling entertainment and is highly recommended.
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