Diamonds Are Forever ~ September 2011

In September the Shaken, Not Stirred Challenge is going into the underground world of smuggled diamonds. This fourth novel was originally published by Jonathan Cape on March 26, 1956.  Per Wikipedia, this novel was also adapted into a daily comic strip that ran in the British Daily Express from August 1959 through January 1960.

Diamond smuggling was a topic that greatly interested Ian Fleming. In addition to this Bond novel, he wrote a non-fiction book in 1957 about the topic titled The Diamond Smugglers.

What excites me the most going into this novel is the reappearance of Felix Leiter. When we last left him in Live and Let Die, he was not in the best shape after narrowly escaping a shark tank with his life. I was afraid that we’d seen the last of him. Thankfully, that is not the case.

While this will be the challenge’s first film starring Sean Connery as James Bond, this is actually the last Bond film Connery made. It was released in December of 1971, when I was a mere 2 months old. I hold no illusions that the movie will be faithful to the book, but I’m looking forward to watching Sean Connery at work. He’s always been Indiana Jones’ father to me.  🙂

Here are the vital statistics and description for the audiobook from Blackstone Audio’s website:

Released: 2001

Available Formats: 6 CSs, 1 MP3 CD, 1 Playaway and 5 Tapes

Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes long

Description: 

African diamonds are being smuggled into the United States via London and it’s up to the British Secret Service to infiltrate the organized crime families in America and destroy the smugglers.

James Bond is not afraid of gangsters, but then he hasn’t really met any—until now. With advice from his American friend, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks a diamond smuggling ring from Africa through London to the United States. He is aided by the gorgeous, hard-boiled Tiffany Case, whom he uses to infiltrate the gang. But when the hunter becomes the prey, Bond must depend upon Tiffany for his very survival.

Shaken, Not Stirred Challenge Information

Participants:

Please leave a comment on this post when you’ve finished listening to Live and Diamonds Are Forever. If you’re a blogger, please use Mr. Linky at the end of this post to alert us to your posts and reviews.

Live and Let Die Twitter Party:

The second Shaken, Not Stirred Twitter Party will be held on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30pm EST. The party will begin with a 30 minute discussion about the audiobook followed by watching the movie. We will be using #ShakenNotStirred as the hashtag.

Note: Sony has had the Bond films removed from Netflix Instant Watch (I’m sending SMERSH out now to deal with them). Be sure to allow for time to rent the film ahead of the event.

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One thought on “Diamonds Are Forever ~ September 2011

  1. While I was writing my review, I realized: four books. Two in American; two in UK. I’ve loved both UK books. I’ve really not liked the two US books.

    The plot just feels off in Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever. Lots of running around the States, saving the girl but not doing a whole lot else.

    BUT American Bond also means Felix Leiter. Can’t Leiter just come to the UK? I love him. Plus, his relationship with James is just so great. The only one we really see close up. Makes him a bit more human.

    Can’t wait for the next one!

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