FLEMING, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me. London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
Crown 8vo. Original black cloth blocked in the motif of a dagger in blind and silver to upper cover, and in silver direct to spine; with original dust-jacket designed by Richard Chopping (15s. Net); pp. 221, [iii]; slight pushing to head and foot, and lean to the text block; a few spots/stains to edges and prelims; a lovely fresh copy nonetheless, the jacket with a few small nicks to head and foot of spine, a little dirtied along the folds; a very uptogether example.
The shortest, and most sexually explicit, of the Bond novels, The Spy Who Loved Me also marks a departure from previous Bond novels in the sense that the story is told in the first person by a young Canadian woman, Vivienne Michel. Bond himself does not appear until two-thirds of the way through the book. Fleming was unhappy with the finished result, and as such attempted to suppress its publication, blocking a paperback edition in the United Kingdom, which only appeared after his death in 1964.
In 1977 the title was used for the tenth film in the Eon Productions series, though it bore little resemblance to the original novel. It was the third to star Roger Moore as Bond.