Doctor No by Ian Fleming
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Espionage, Jamaica, Cormorant, Centipede, Honey, Guano.
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’m reading through Ian Fleming’s Bond series in order of release. See my other reviews here.
Genre: Spy Thriller
What did you think of the cover art? The version I had was a bit creepy. I prefer the one above.
Who was your favorite character and why? Honeychile Rider because of her understanding of nature and because she didn’t let anyone push her around.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Doctor No because he was a psychopath.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately and kept my heart pumping throughout.Fleming improves with each installment in this series.
Was it plot or character driven? A great balance of both.
What did you think of the ending? Romantic and entertaining.
What was the moral of the story? Knowledge of nature will triumph over the lust for power.
Favorite quote: “But, Doctor No, you are still a man who sleeps and eats and defecates like the rest of us. So no more conjuring tricks, please.” – James Bond
How does the book compare to the film? In 1962 this was the first Bond novel to be made into a film. Very similar to the book with most changes being minor to the overall storyline.
Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I wouldn’t mind seeing a modern re-make as the original was done on a very low budget.
I’ve put links to the songs mentioned in the book that you can watch on YouTube.
Take Her To Jamaica Where The Rum Comes From
Jump In Line by Lord Kitchener
Don’ Touch Me Tomato by George Symonette
Marianne by Terry Gilkysonand & The Easy Riders
Who would you recommend it to? James Bond/Ian Fleming fans.
Number of unknown words: 4
Beer pairing: Fuller’s Honey Dew
Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise
What do you find more interesting, facts or theories?