- The Spy Who Loved Me (novel)
name = The Spy Who Loved Me
image_caption = First edition cover - published by Jonathan Cape.
Richard Chopping(Jonathan Cape ed.)
country = United Kingdom
language = English
16 April 1962
media_type = Print (
isbn = NA
preceded_by = Thunderball
followed_by = On Her Majesty's Secret Service
"The Spy Who Loved Me" is the tenth novel in
Ian Fleming's James Bondseries. It was first published by Jonathan Capeon April 16, 1962. It is the shortest and most sexually explicit of Fleming's novels, as well as a clear departure from previous Bond novels, in that the story is told in the first-person by a young woman named Vivienne Michel. James Bond actually does not appear until two-thirds of the way through the book (chapter 10) and has left at the start of the final chapter (chapter 15). In order to maintain the fiction of the book's central character, Vivienne Michel (and, some critics suggest,Fact|date=September 2007 distance himself from a book with which he was dissatisfied), Fleming gave "Michel" co-author credit. In his foreword to the novel, Fleming establishes a tongue-in-cheek fiction regarding the origin of the manuscript:
Due to the reactions by critics and fans, Fleming was not happy with the book and consequently only gave permission for the title to be used when he sold the film rights to
Harry Saltzmanand Albert R. Broccoli. He also successfully prevented a paperback edition of the book from being published in Britain (although one was still issued in the United States); the first UK paperback edition appeared in 1967, three years after his death. In 1977 the title was used for the tenth film in the EON Productionsseries. It was the third to star Roger Mooreas British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. Per Fleming's wish the film only uses the title. The film was novelised the same year by screenwriter Christopher Wood and the resulting book was the first novelisation of a Bond film. To avoid confusion with Fleming's novel, the book was named "James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me". Even though the movie had no references to the book, some elements from the book were used in other films. For example, in "Dr. No", Bond uses a pillow trick to make it appear he is asleep.
Fleming's novel is considered an interlude novel in what is known as the "Blofeld Trilogy." This novel is generally not considered part of the
story arcthat includes the previous novel, "Thunderball" and succeeding books " On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "You Only Live Twice", although it clearly takes place after "Thunderball" and does make references to its adventure.
The central character and narrator of "The Spy Who Loved Me" is Vivienne "Viv" Michel, a young Canadian woman who ends up running a cheap
motelin the Adirondack Mountainsto pay for a trip through America. The novel is broken up into three parts -- "Me", "Them", and "Him".
The first section of the book deals with Viv's past love affairs, the first being Derek Mallaby who took her virginity in a field after being kicked out of a cinema for indecent exposure. The physical relationship ended that night and Viv was subsequently dumped later when Mallaby sent her a letter from the
University of Oxfordsaying he was forcefully engaged to someone else by his parents. Viv details her second love affair to her German boss, Kurt Rainer, whom would eventually get Viv pregnant. After she learned of her pregnancy and informed Rainer, he dumps her and pays for her to go to Switzerlandto have an abortion.
The second section of the book details Viv's return to her native Canada, her plans to journey through America, and how she came to work at "The Dreamy Pines Motor Court" in the Adirondack Mountains for managers Jed and Mildred Phancey. At the end of the vacation season, the Phanceys entrust Viv to look after the motel for the night before the owner, Mr. Sanguinetti, can arrive to take inventory and shutter it up for the winter. However, two mobsters, "Sluggsy" Morant and Sol "Horror" Horowitz, show up under the guise of working for Mr. Sanguinetti and say they are there to look over the motel for insurance purposes. In truth, the two have been hired by Mr. Sanguinetti to burn down The Dreamy Pines Motor Court so that Mr. Sanguinetti can make a profit on the insurance. The blame for the fire would fall on Viv, who was to perish in the fire. The mobsters, specifically "Sluggsy", are very cruel to Viv, beating her when she attempts to escape and threatening to rape her if she doesn't cooperate.
The two mobsters are stopped from raping Viv at the very end of the second section of the book when the door buzzer sounds. The third section of the book opens with British secret service agent James Bond appearing at the door asking for a room, having had a flat tire while passing by. Clued in by Viv, Bond quickly realizes that Horror and Sluggsy are mobsters. Pressuring the two men, he eventually gets the gangsters to agree to providing him a room. As a means of passing the time, Bond then tells Viv why he is in America. He recounts that in the wake of Operation Thunderball, which Viv recalls reading about in the newspapers,
SPECTREwas engaged by the Soviet Unionto assassinate a Soviet double agentliving in Albany. Bond was detailed to protect the agent as part of his quest to ferret out SPECTRE's boss, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.After recounting this story, through a series of Bondian events, he protects Viv through the night as Sluggsy and Horror set fire to the motel and attempt to kill Bond and Michel. Ultimately Bond kills Horror and then Sluggsy in two separate gun battles, and ends up sleeping with Viv.
When Viv awakens Bond has left, but he has left a note in which he promises to send her police assistance, and which he concludes by telling her not to dwell too much on the ugly events through which she has just lived. As Viv finishes reading the note, a large police detachment arrives. After taking her statement, the officer in charge of the detail--a rather fatherly man--reiterates Bond's advice, but also warns Viv that "all" men involved in violent crime and espionage, regardless of which side they are on--including Bond himself--are dangerous, and that Viv should avoid them all. Viv reflects on this fact as she motors off at the end of the book, continuing her tour of America, but, despite the officer's warning, still devoted to the memory of the spy who had loved her.
* James Bond
* Sol "Horror" Horowitz
* "Sluggsy" Morant
* Derek Mallaby
* Kurt Rainer
* Jed and Mildred Phancey
* Mr. Sanguinetti
United States, a condensed version of the novel was published in the men's magazine, "Stag", under the title, "Motel Nymph".
April 16, 1962, Jonathan Cape, hardcover, first British edition.
Richard Chopping. 30,000 produced.
Viking Press, hardcover, first American edition.
* April 1963,
Signet, paperback, first American edition.
Pan Books, paperback, first British edition.
* August 1980, Triad/Granda, paperback, British, ISBN 0-586-05102-3
* July 1982,
Berkley Books, paperback, American, SBN 0-425-06399-2
* June 1989,
Coronet Books, paperback, British, ISBN 0-340-42569-5. Introduction by Anthony Burgess.
April 4, 2002, Penguin Books, paperback, British, ISBN 0-670-91047-3
* September 2003,
Penguin Books, paperback, American, ISBN 0-14-200326-3
October 26, 2006, Penguin Books, paperback, British, ISBN 0-14-102822-X . Introduction by Nick Stone.
Comic strip adaptation
Fleming's original novel was adapted as a daily
comic stripwhich was published in the British " Daily Express" newspaper and syndicated around the world. The adaptation ran from December 18, 1967to October 3, 1968. The adaptation was written by Jim Lawrence and illustrated by Yaroslav Horak. It was the last Ian Fleming work to be adapted as a comic strip, although the comic strip took great liberties with Fleming's novel, substituting a SPECTRE-related storyline involving Bond for the novel's autobiographical chapters involving Vivienne; the actual adaptation of the novel doesn't begin until the 2/3 point of the strip. The strip was reprinted by Titan Booksin the early 1990s and again in 2004.
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