Pete Reviews From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming


Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. James Bond, Spies, Russia, Orient Express.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? It was the next in line of the Bond series that I’m reading.

Genre: James Bond

Who was your favorite character and why? Darko Kerim because he was someone you could count on.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Rossa Klebb because she was vicious and evil.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was a little slow at the start but made up for it reasonably quickly.

Was it plot or character driven? A good balance of both.

What did you think of the ending? Totally unexpected. It was as if this might have been intended as the last Bond novel.

What was the moral of the story? Never turn your back on evil.

Favorite quote: I don’t care the hell what other people eat so long as they enjoy it. I can’t stand sad eaters and sad drinkers. -Darko Kerim

How does the book compare to the film? Very close; the 1963 film does have Sean Connery as Bond, so I recommend it.

Song: Bolshoi Opera by Boris Godunov

Who would you recommend it to? James Bond fans or anyone who enjoys long train rides.

Number of unknown words: 6 (but they were all French)

Beer pairing: 3 Star Brewing & Meridian Pint’s collaboration Russian Imperial Stout: From Russia With Love

Recipe: Steak Tartare

Artwork: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Pietro Annigoni

Royal portraits exhibition

What has been the most exciting train ride you’ve been on?

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