Book review : Octopussy & The Living Daylights

Octopussy & the Living Daylights (James Bond, #14)Octopussy & the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Octopussy and The Living Daylights comprised the final unpublished James Bond stories penned by Ian Fleming. The book comprised of four stories the title stories Octopussy, The Living Daylights and The Property of a Lady and James Bond in New York.

The main three stories were all about 30 pages in length. They were all quite good stories engagingly written with some very typical Bondian elements but were just quick sketches and would probably have worked better if they have been placed into the novels as a subplot or as an aside from the main action.

I am not sure that the exploits of James Bond are suited to the short story in the same way that, say Sherlock Holmes is. I wasn’t that impressed by the stories and I am not sure that they are worth reading in their own right unless it was in order to complete the canon.

Perhaps that is rather unkind as there were some interesting elements in the majority of these stories but they just don’t stick in the mind.

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