Dr. No: Dispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI6’s Jamaica station chief, Bond used to be expecting a holiday in the sun. But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is over. On this island, all suspicious activity leads inexorably to Dr. Julius No, a reclusive megalomaniac with steel pincers for hands. To find out what the good doctor is hiding, 007 should enlist the help of local fisherman Quarrel and alluring beachcomber Honeychile Rider. Together they’re going to combat a local legend the natives call “the Dragon,” before Bond alone should face the most punishing test of all: an obstacle course — designed by the sadistic Dr. No himself — that measures the limits of the human body’s capacity for agony.
Casino Royale: In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table. One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd. Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has the entire hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.
Diamonds are Forever: An international diamond-smuggling pipeline has opened up and the British Treasury wants to know who’s controlling it. Impersonating a captured courier named Peter Franks, Bond infiltrates the criminal ring and finds an unlikely ally in Tiffany Case, a gorgeous American with a dark past. As the ring’s stateside go-between, she could also be just another link in the chain, but Tiffany may be Bond’s best shot at finding the elusive figure at the head of the operation—a syndicate boss known only by the initials “ABC.” But if Bond’s cover gets blown, he’ll find that the only thing harder than a diamond is surviving the payback of a pair of murderous henchmen. With a sparkling trail of smuggled gems as bait, Diamonds Are Ceaselessly leads Bond on a globe-hopping mission where deadly assassins lurk in the back of each corner.