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The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by "Best Wishes Roger Moore" on the title page. Small erasure mark to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine crown. A very bright example of the tenth novel in the James Bond series. In light of the novel's immense presence as a classic thriller, it's amusing to learn that it was at first poorly received. The novel was banned in several countries due to its heightened sexual writing. The reception was so bad that Fleming wrote to Michael Howard of the Jonathan Cape publishing company to explain why he wrote the book: "I had become increasingly surprised to find my thrillers, which were designed for an adult audience, being read in schools, and that young people were making a hero out of James Bond ... So it crossed my mind to write a cautionary tale about Bond, to put the record straight in the minds particularly of younger readers ... the experiment has obviously gone very much awry" (Chancellor 2005). Upon Fleming's request, no reprints were made until after his death in 1964.
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