I'm going to add one that's both serious and tongue-in-etc: The Spy Who Loved Me! I've been reading some reviews, and they give me a new take on this. Here, Bond is totally a good guy, sort of a Bogart-type. His appearance comes at the middle of the story, which is told from Vivienne Michel's point of view. Fleming doesn't write as a real female would, but as a Bond girl would. Vivienne has gone through several trashy men, so at the tender age of 23 she meets a man that she'll will never forget, James Bond. The two thugs are about to rape her in a secluded motel in the forest, the zipper of her coverall is ripped down. At that moment, there is a knock on the door. A slim man in a dark blue rain coat stands there. He cooly enters. From there, Bond is a shining knight. He will risk his life for this stranger; it is certain he would do it even for a non-beautiful one. This Bond is definitely not the thug from CR / QOS. He has a heart, and wit. At first he isn't even carrying his gun, and he must retrieve it at his car. At the end of the danger, the love scenes are among the most explicit of the Bonds, (so that's great fun
). He leaves a note, which basically says, don't fall for me. It reminds me of the end of Moonraker. Bond imagines a holiday with that girl with the engagement band. He assumes it's just a ploy. But then, waiting for her in the restaurant, he looks through the window and sees her embracing a man. Bond goes into his cold mode, he forces himself to "be the cold secret agent, a man without a heart." TSWLM is a simple story, and the reviews note that Fleming disliked it; but there are plenty of four and five star reviews online, so I really had to look at it again from the point of view this book is a secret gem. It puts to the grave the notion that Bond is simply a cold-blooded killer. One reviewer writes, "This Bond taught me how to be a gentleman, the Spy who taught me." He doesn't help people from a rage to smash bad guys; he helps people because he's a decent sort. This is the Bond that the REAL M, Sir Miles Messervy, had plenty of respect and affection. That is one of the other traits the new "Bond" has lost. Can you see the new "Bond" and "M" having dinner at Blades? And "M" calling him "James"?