From Russia, with Love is the fifth novel by the
English author Ian
Fleming to feature his fictional British Secret Service agent
Bond. Fleming wrote the story in early 1956 at his Goldeneye estate in
Jamaica; at the time he thought it might be his final Bond book. The
story centres on a plot by SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence
agency, to assassinate Bond in such a way as to discredit both him and
his organisation. As bait, the Russians use a beautiful cipher clerk and
the Spektor, a Soviet decoding machine. Much of the action takes place
in Istanbul and on the Orient Express (pictured). The book was inspired
by Fleming's visit to Turkey on behalf of The Sunday Times to report on
an Interpol conference; he returned to Britain by the Orient Express.
From Russia, with Love deals with the East–West
tensions of the Cold
War, and the decline of British power and influence after the
World War. In 1963 it was adapted into the second film in the Bond
series, starring Sean Connery.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Russia,_with_Love_%28novel%29>
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