Going downhill fast

4 01 2010

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

When Bond saves a beautiful, reckless girl from self-destruction, he finds himself with a lead on Blofeld. In the snow-bound fastness of his Alpine base, Blofeld is conducting research that could threaten the safety of the world. To thwart the evil genius, Bond must get himself and the vital information he has gathered out of the base and keep away from SPECTRE’s agents. Which may require the help of the rescued maiden who can handle herself at high speed…

The usual heady mix of high octane chases, upper class hanging out and top secret fun and games. Despite the endemic sexism of the writing (“rescued maiden” indeed) and some dull casino passages and ski equipment descriptions it is still a pretty exciting and fast-paced yarn. Although the Blofeld plot for world domination is not terribly well articulated it does seem to anticipate more contemporary fears about bio-terrorism.

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