Live And Let Die
Possibly the most exciting of all the James Bond adventures, ?Live and Let Die? takes place in an area very close to Ian Fleming?s heart ? Jamaica. Filled, as always, with thrilling action, sexy women and lots of suspense, you will not be able to put this book down.
The storyline of the novel differs somewhat from the probably more familiar film of the same name, although the main characters are the same. James Bond?s mission is to investigate Mr. Big, a shady voodoo leader who is suspected of having links with SMERSH, the underground Soviet organisation which appears in many of Ian Fleming?s novels.
The voodoo element lends an unusual atmosphere to the actions of this Secret Service agent. Mr Big controls his patch through fear of the supernatural, and he himself deeply believes in the rituals and superstition, even deciding on his movements according to his girlfriend Solitaire, who is blessed with the gift of fortune-telling. Fleming himself was very interested in the voodoo, and as always, large parts of the novel reflect events and places very familiar to the author.
Bond?s counterpart at the CIA, Felix Leiter, appears again in this novel, although he manages to get himself into a very life-threstening position. This is perhaps the darkest of the James Bond novels, and most filled with uneasy suspense. The book is much more sophisticated than the film, dwelling less on fantastic gadgetry and fights than the supernatural influence of this great warlord. The conclusion to the novel is also more dramatic and graphic than a film could allow itself to be.
This novel is my personal favourite in the James Bond series. The fact that it does not strictly coincide with the action of the film is only to its advantage, and to the reader?s enjoyment.