Thrilling Cities, Paperback Book
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On November 2nd armed with a sheaf of visas suitcase ...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world...In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of "James Bond", was commissioned by the "Sunday Times" to explore fourteen of the world's most exotic cities.

Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer's eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas.

The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780099578185

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A collection of vignettes, focusing on what Fleming found interesting in th limited remit in which he was given. Fun in places and evocative at times, particularly with regards to the descriptions of gambling both in Macao and Monte Carlo. Some of the figures and crime statistics now seem hopelessly out of date, and this reinforces the fact that for maximum enjoyment this has to be read as a period piece. In all honesty, a better book for those interested in Fleming as a man rather than as the author of James Bond. More for Fleming fans, therefore, than fans of his literary creation.

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