Devil May Care, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Bond is back. With a vengeance. M has summoned agent 007 to London. It's the swinging Sixties and a flood of narcotics is pouring into Britain.

Sinister industrialist Dr Julius Gorner is identified as the source and James Bond is dispatched to investigate.

The trail takes Bond to Paris and then Persia - where the beautiful and enigmatic twins Scarlett and Poppy lead him to Gorner's secret desert headquarters.

Here, Bond uncovers Gorner's cold-blooded plans for world domination.

Only by playing Gorner's twisted game can Bond stop him.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, map
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780141035451



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This is the first non-fleming bond book I've read. It does a reasonable job of sticking to the originals, perhaps knocking some of the nastier edges of the character. The originals get name checked (I didn't keep count of which got mentioned). This is the drinking smoking bond, who plays hard with money and drives a supercharged Bentley somewhat recklessly around the streets of London. There is a flemmingesque dig at homosexuals, but toned down for more modern readers. A reasonable evenings reading, but its not going to set the world alight.

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This was a good James Bond novel and it felt like it was written by Ian Fleming, so I think Sebastian Faulks really did his homework. Bond seems much more real in the novels than he does in the films and much more believable storylines (although sometimes it still requires a lot of imagination). A fun read which I would recommend to every Bond fan.

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Still on my spy kick, I thought I’d give the new James Bond book, written by Faulks as Ian Fleming, a go. Not having read any Bond stories before, I wasnt sure what to expect. As a story, it was readable without gripping me. It had what I expected from a 007 story, a villain bent on destruction, a beautiful woman, a high class lifestyle and the inevitable Bond to the rescue. As for Faulks writing as Fleming, well again, it’s impossible to assess without reading the originals. I can’t say I felt Faulks nailed the character, it didnt necessarily feel like the Bond I know. Although I’m basing this on the films and not the original books. I would have preferred Faulks’ take on Bond writing as himself, can’t see the point having him write as Fleming. I guess the best way to judge the book is whether it’s made me want to seek out any of the original series, but right now this is not high on my reading list! Overall, story was okay but I can’t see it being adapted into film anytime soon.

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