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'He was about six feet tall slim and fit The eyes in the lean slightly tanned face were a very clear grey blue and as they observed the men they were cold and watchful His good looks had a dangerous almost cruel uality that had frightened me But now I knew he could smile I thought his. I WAS RUNNING away I was running away from England from my childhood from the winter from a seuence of untidy unattractive love affairs from the few sticks of furniture and jumble of overworn clothes that my London life had collected around me and I was running away from drabness fustiness snobbery the claustrophobia of close horizons and from my inability although I am uite an attractive rat to make headway in the rat race In fact I was running away from almost everything except the lawThat is not a bad start for a book is it It s intriguing It tells of a backstory that is about to be revealed and it foreshadows whatever else is going to happen whilst the character is on the run To be honest when I started the book I was really looking forward to reading this Not just because it was the beginning of another fun buddy read but also because I had not read The Spy Who Loved Me before I knew the film of course but the film I was advised bears no resemblance to the book Not even close So after a few decent Bond stories that followed the abysmally bad From Russia With Love I thought Fleming had maybe found his template That maybe From Russia With Love was him scraping the bottom of the barrel and that surely ANY other book had to be betterWell I was wrong I was so wrong Also when reviewing that hot mess that is From Russia With Love I did mention that it would have been helpful if Fleming had provided a bit insight into the internal monologue of the books female lead Yes I bemoaned that Fleming did not write any part from the female perspective Well folks it goes to show that I should be careful what I wish for because Fleming did exactly that in The Spy Who Loved Me and it does not work What Fleming gives us is Viv a young Canadian whom we again learn very little about other than she s been in some seriously messed up relationships Yes Fleming defines her through the relationships she s been in mostly being taken advantage ofWhat doesn t work about this is that Viv s own account is just dripping with Fleming s misogyny At one point he has her describe an abortion as follows It was as mentally distressing but as physically painless as I had expected and three days later I was back in my hotelThat is all Fleming has Viv say about it Doesn t sound convincing does it Fleming tries to sell her history as a tough backstory and which is supposed to set Viv up for a resolution to stop being a push over be confident and not be groped at every turn Well that was the end of that From now on I would take and not give The world had shown me its teeth I would show mine I had been wet behind the ears Now I was dry I stuck my chin out like a good little Canadian well a fairly good little Canadian and having learnt to take it decided for a change to dish it outSo Viv ends up on the run in rural New York stuck in a short term motel job where again she first falls prey to the husband of the owner and then ends up being held for five hours by two thugs who beat her up and threaten her with rape every five minutes And for a large chunk of the book this is all the plot there is Until Bond turns up and saves the day upon which Bond claims Viv as his reward Let s recap Viv had just undergone severe beatings rape and death threats and the one thing on Bond s mind is to have sex with herThe idiotic thing well another one is that Viv who previously had resolved to escape from abusive relationships feels she had to go along with Bond s reuest But I knew in my heart that I had to He would go on alone and I would have to too No woman had ever held this man None ever would He was a solitary a man who walked alone and kept his heart to himself He would hate involvement I sighed All right I would play it that way I would let him go I wouldn t cry when he did Not even afterwards Wasn t I the girl who had decided to operate without a heart Silly idiot Silly infatuated goose This was a fine time to maunder like a girl in a woman s magazine I shook my head angrily and went into the bedroom and got on with what I had to doWTF WhyThis is the point in the book when I no longer asked myself if Fleming lost his mind but whether he had one in the first place And as if this wasn t sick enough it actually got worse I think I know why I gave myself so completely to this man how I was capable of it with someone I had met only six hours before Apart from the excitement of his looks his authority his maleness he had come from nowhere like the prince in the fairy tales and he had saved me from the dragon But for him I would now be dead after suffering God knows what before He could have changed the wheel on his car and gone off or when danger came he could have saved his own skin But he had fought for my life as if it had been his own And then when the dragon was dead he had taken me as his reward In a few hours I knew he would be gone without protestations of love without apologies or excuses And that would be the end of that gone finished All women love semi rape They love to be taken It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that had made his act of love so piercingly wonderfulSeriously what utter bullshit I have not felt so nauseated and enraged by a book sinceFrom Russia With Love I had hoped Fleming got his act together in the books that followed but clearly he was a leopard that could not change his spots which is a shame because the premise of the book was great It is just that a misogynist dumbass writing from a point of view he has no interest in understanding or even exploring will inevitably end up with a book full of misogynist dumbasseryAvoid at all costs

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Face exciting in a way no face had ever excited me before ' Vivienne Michel is in trouble Trying to escape her tangled past she has run away to the American backwoods winding up at the Dreamy Pines Motor Court A far cry from the privileged world she was born to the motel is also the. It was like a miracle to suddenly see him here out of the blue Vivian speaking of James BondThe Spy Who Loved Me 1963 is the tenth book in Ian Fleming s spy thriller series featuring James Bond except this one doesn t feature Bond Spy is a departure from any approach he ever took before in that it is 1 his initial first person account and one 2 told from the perspective of a woman If you know Sean Connery s Bond the Bond of the movies could you believe a movie with Bond in iy might focus on the perspective of one of the women he meets Maybe Having read the novels featuring Bond the largely misogynist mouthpiece for the misogynist author ie Pussy Galore Octopussy and so on having heard Fleming s Bond s disdain for women unless he can bed one of them for a short time of course can we imagine a successful Fleming novel from a woman s perspectiveNope But hey let s consider it for a minute Fleming has created a few strong women in his books women with various spy skills some very smart and some physically powerful though they are always ultimately secondary to Bond and their skills are always secondary to their beauty They are always beautiful and usually shallow and good in bed which is why so many men seem to like them including me at times I ll admit especially as a teen In this book 23 of the time is focused on two failed relationships of Vivian a rich and shallow person she s basically taken advantage of sexually by two men who use her and desert her Vivian is sick of men we sympathize with her This is not a Bond story not a thriller but okay good if you just want a story about a rich girl on her own I guessVivian decides to buy a Vespa and go on a road trip to see America on the route south from New England she works in a motel and is taken hostage by two American gangsters Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant ugh those names reminiscent of typical American noir thugs who again two jerksmen terrorize and brutalize her again we sympathize with her as a woman in peril And then out of the blue and into the motel walks Bond who has a blown tire needs a place to sleep and uickly rescues Viv and with whom within six hours she falls deeply into love with the ideal male with whom she has sex with once before he leaves for good Traumatized and used by men throughout the book Vivian understands that Bond also will leave her that he is solitary needs no one but he is still for some inexplicable reason ideal for her her hero in the same way damsels in distress fall in love with their knights in shining armor I would stay away from him and leave him to go his own road where there would be other women countless other women who would probably give him as much physical pleasure as he had had with me I wouldn t care or at least I told myself that I wouldn t care because none of them would ever own him own any larger piece of him than I now did Doesn t this sound like it is Fleming s idea of an ideal woman who can put up with any philandering possible and still be there for him Most critics hated this book though a couple liked it as a kind of attempt as a Daphne du Maurier romance the public hated it and Fleming hated it refusing to have any of the plot used in any film by its name so when that title was finally used in 1977 only the steel toothed character of Horror was included although under the name Jaws I don t recall the film at the moment but I really did not like this failed attempt at writing from a woman s perspective Some of the writing is a decent imitation of American noir maybe but Bond never seems real here to me in the way he does in other books It s almost as if it were written very early on not as a ninth novel featuring Bond as a developing character It s Bond as seen by one of his shallow women as a god which is the brand Fleming created for him While I have some sympathy for Vivian in the beginning of this essentially non Bond book I don t like her sudden shallow turn to fall in love with Bond The Spy Who Loved Me For One Night I don t recommend this as thriller or romance

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Destination of two hardened killers the perverse Sol Horror and the deadly Sluggsy Morant When a coolly charismatic Englishman turns up Viv in terrible danger is not just hopeful but fascinated Because he is James Bond 007; the man she hopes will save her the spy she hopes will love h. All women love semi rape They love to be taken Ian Fleming writing as the character Vivienne Michel in The Spy Who Loved Me In a word No No Just no Maybe there are a few like one or two female kinksters who agree with the above sentiment expressed by the fictional narrator of this James Bond book Vivienne Michel created by a male author But for the huge HUGE majority of women rape is a criminal act prosecutable damaging hateful a horrible abuse resulting in a lifetime of PTSD Most women do NOT want to be taken shaken stirred or raped against their will Women are sentient people of rational flesh and blood not a glass of alcoholThe James Bond books were written by a man for men male Romances full of fictional wish fulfillment However I have seen enough of life to know some men think these fictional ideas by men about women could be real have hopes it is real that young beautiful women want men to take them by force In my entire life the numbers of women I know who have ever wanted rape is ZERO Women may succumb give in to Fear be mortally afraid of a stronger person physically or be afraid of a rich powerful man with power over a women s livelihood How many of you men are desiring to be tortured beaten and raped against YOUR will in an underground garage or in a dirty alley or a closet or in a store by a gunman where you went to pick up some milk for your kids andor then maybe face continuing blackmail held over you Or would you as Fleming imagines after being sexually molested and beaten unconscious wake up and go home to have immediate wild sex with your partner while still leaking blood all over under your skinThe idea I have got from reading these novels so far is James Bond seems into or up against the type of women who are generally psychopaths prostitutes or thrill seeking beautiful adventurers like himself Until now the most irrational scenes Fleming has written have been about how every woman falls in love with Bond including a lesbian and Bond with them many at first sight in fact usually after one lame conversation One area in which Fleming is weak as a writer is dialogueMy advice to you my hopefully gentle reader especially teen readers do not risk prison by testing Fleming s ideas about women on real women Many novels written by men for men are male romances full of wishful thinking which do not reflect Reality on ANY level Always ask for sex verify the feeling is mutual if you feel it is likely that sex is in the offing Get explicit consent Women who say NO mean NO Women are not eager to get pregnant torn up into bleeding meat or get a disease through rape Would you male readers Women will hate you for using force and some will try to kill you even back in the early 1960 s when The Spy Who Loved Me was written Admittedly most women walk away if they haven t been murdered and want to forget they were raped because for some strange reason society reviles and blames women who get raped but many women will wait and wait and wait until they see a chance to get you back and Put You Down Or at minimum gloat and exult when not if someone else takes you downJames Bond is a fictional character of exaggerated and very toxic masculinity A James Bond novel is about a brutal man doing brutal things against other brutal men The novels are sometimes intentionally comical because it can t happen that a one man army wins against multiple armies of men with massive amounts of unlimited armaments and technology dozens and dozens of times in real life I am sure Ian Fleming knew by the time he wrote this novel how much of a cartoon his character James Bond was after all Hollywood with all of it s Tinseltown representatives were knocking at his door with lawyers and contracts slavering to make movies based on his character with scenes of cars going about one mile an hour driving down narrow alleys for five minutes on two wheels and with bad guys with steel teeth who could survive an electric shock that would kill a moose this toothy actor btw had medical health issues in real life Sean Connery the actor who first played James Bond is now 88 years old and walks with a cane and a health aide He seems a sweetheart and a gentleman See Janice s comment below Connery had very much a sense of how ridiculous the character James Bond was and said so on occasion Connery never did the stunts in the movies Got it Any real James Bond character would have had to retire from the injuries he supposedly sustained in the first book in this spy series especially so in Casino Royale and maybe he would have died from many of the other injuries James Bond endures in the following books if any real person experienced them Every women Bond meets falls in love with him Male readers have you ever seen any of this in real life If you guys want to stay out of trouble keep in mind fictional books provide wish fulfillment and symbolic reality not RealityWritten in the same paragraph as the rape sentiment above which has enraged and distracted meIt was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that had made his act of love so piercingly wonderful That and the coinciding of nerves completely relaxed after the removal of tension and danger the warmth of gratitude and a woman s natural feeling for her hero This part of Vivienne s attitude has been known to happen in consensual desire But in the circumstances which occur in this book NEVEREat dirt and die male scum ahemAnyway SoPutting aside my outrage and irritation temporarily with Men you foul bastards the book is an unusual one for a James Bond story It is narrated in first person by a female protagonist Fleming shows her constantly under sexual pressure her entire life from her childhood in Montreal where her family pressures her with sexual morality and marriage to every job she has where men paw and proposition her a lot This is true to life gentle reader Although the character Vivienne is gorgeous in the real world the only ualification every women needs for the often unwelcome attention of men is to be female We don t even have to be young or awake Male attendants have raped unconscious female ninety year olds in nursing homesVivienne has a series of tragic romances with cads in London the first one being a hot rich guy scum Derek Mallaby who relentlessly pressures for months virgin schoolgirl Vivienne into sex the second being a weird scientific sex adherent Kurt Rainer scum so she returns to her home in Montreal and her aunt six years after she had left She had gone to London to attend a finishing school After Derek scum dumped her a minute later after he finally takes her in sex she got a job as an editorial assistant and reporter for a London newspaper On the job she met Kurt scum in Munich Kurt scum gets her another better reporter job and she is stationed in London Vivienne first nurses him through a breakup with a German girl then becomes his buddy with benefits She falls kinda in like with Kurt scum but he coldly ends it the night she tells him she is pregnant He pays for an abortion in SwitzerlandSad Vivienne takes a vacation motoring down Route 2 then Route 9 on her Vesta scooter from Montreal intending to meander down to Florida Instead she stops at The Dreamy Pines Motel in Lake George in the Adirondacks to stay for a night but she takes a job when offered to make some money as a receptionist despite that the co manager Mr Phancey molests her every chance he gets even in the presence of Mrs Phancey Vivienne is left in charge supposedly for only one night when the Phanceys leave after closing the motel down for the end of the tourist season in October The owner Mr Sanguinetti will come the next day to get the keys Vivienne is toldThat night criminals break in and make Vivienne cook for them Of course they molest and beat her threatening even worse as soon as they finish eating Guess who shows up suddenly with a flat tire fully cocked and loadedThis is absolutely the worst book in the series I have read so far Fleming knows as much about how women feel in the aftermath of sexual abuse as I do about how girl cats feel about getting pregnant from a stray boy kitty scum The only reason it is getting at least one star from me is because it does dramatically show the actual molestation threats of molestation and constant pressure for sex EVERY female undergoes in her school job and vacationing life He utterly minimizes or misses the rage hatred fear disgust misery and homicidal urges we women become adept at handling and suppressing or notBrutalized her virginity taken by force and guile utterly abandoned twice once by a man while carrying his child as well as by a man who lied about his engagement to another even while forcing her to have sex which resulted in blood on the sheets her breasts and buttocks being pinched and sueezed by men everywhere she works threatenedmolestedbeaten by bad guys beautiful Vivienne s attitude is so plucky shortly afterwards she immediately wants to fuck Bond to thank him for his service Yes I am spoiling I don t care This book is outrageously insulting to all women in the world

10 thoughts on “The Spy Who Loved Me

  1. says:

    B 74% | More than Satisfactory Notes James Bond deus ex machina incongruously stumbles à la television crossovers into a coming of age romance novel

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    This book was a disgusting piece of shit Avoid at all costsWhat? You want details? Okay For one thing I have no idea what possessed Fleming to write a book from a female first person perspective He is a misogynist Trying to write fro

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    I WAS RUNNING away I was running away from England from my childhood from the winter from a seuence of untidy unattractive love affa

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    This is a story unlike any other in Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels – a first person narrative told from the perspective of a young woman who is rescued by BondAkin to the short story “uantum of Sol

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    “It was like a miracle to suddenly see him here out of the blue” –Vivian speaking of James BondThe Spy Who Loved Me 1963 is the tenth book in Ian Fleming’s spy thriller series featuring James Bond except this one doesn’t feature Bond Spy is a departure from any approach he ever took before in that it is

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    Love of life is born of the awareness of death of the dread of it Nothing makes one really grateful for life except the black wings of danger― Ian Fleming The Spy Who Loved MeReads like a John D MacDonald thrill

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    Rating 375 of five1977's film not 1962's book is under discussion The film is not one single thing like the book Apparently the story was forbidden to the filmmakers though not the title I had no idea the films were so contentious litigious an

  8. says:

    All women love semi rape They love to be taken Ian Fleming writing as the character Vivienne Michel in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' 🤬

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    ‘The Spy who Loved Me’ is of course the ‘odd’ James Bond novel The book which is told from a female point of view the episode where Commander James Bond is not even mentioned until over halfway through the one which doesn’t seem like a spy novel at all It’s an interesting experiment but what struck me on re reading it now was how

  10. says:

    Wow This was something else A terrible terrible something else The Spy Who Loved Me differs from all of the other Bond books in that it's writte