FLEMING, Ian. For Your Eyes Only. London: Jonathan Cape, 1960.
8vo., black publisher's cloth with gilt lettering to spine; white 'eye' device to upper cover; with red and black printed title, original printed jacket with design by Richard Chopping; pp. [viii], 9-252; head and foot slightly pushed, previous ownership name to ffep; else a near-fine copy in like unrestored and unclipped jacket, with just minimal creasing and scratches, and a little rubbed to head and foot of spine; the red, usually faded, is uncommonly bright.
First edition, first impression, binding A, with all issue points corresponding to Gilbert.
As well as the title story, this volume also includes From a View to a Kill, Quantum of Solace, Risico, and The Hildebrand Rarity.
Following the success of the 1954 televsion adaptation of Casino Royale, Fleming was approached by CBS to write a series of thirty-two more episodes based on the James Bond character. A deal was negotiated for thirteen episodes, and Fleming provided seven new stories, along with some recycled episodes from his already published novels. The proposed shows never made it to the production stage, and, with his storylines running dry, this collection of short stories was published.
In From a View to a Kill, the featured 'Bond Girl' is Mary Ann Russell, purportedly named after Fleming's former girlfriend Maud Russell. The name 'Solange' also makes its first appearance in this story.
For Your Eyes Only was originally entitled 'Man's Work', but Fleming changed the name in October 1959, claiming "this used to be stamped on secret papers in the early days of the war."
Quantum of Solace is famously one of Fleming's most personal novels, and a thinly-veiled comment on the state of his own marriage at the time.
Risico was written during a Spring break in Venice and the Lido peninsula with his wife Ann. While Ann sampled the local culture, Fleming was "spending his time in cafes drinking Campari."
The Hildebrand Rarity was strongly influenced by Fleming's penchant for snorkelling, diving, and bird-watching.