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; pp. 221, [iii]; wrapper price clipped, and with a few very small nicks; very good overall.
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 surpress 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.