When 007 goes to Harlem it's not just for the jazz. This is the kingdom of Mr Big, master of crime, voodoo baron, partner in SMERSH's grim company of death. Those Mr Big cannot possess he crushes - like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her would-be saviours James Bond and Agency man Felix Leiter. All three are marked out as victims in a trail of terror, treachery and torture that leads from New York's underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr Big calls his own. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Rory Kinnear.
This title is also available as part of the 007 Reloaded collection.
It’s 007 versus SMERSH and Mr Big, against a sinister voodoo backdrop. This Bond novel’s not for the faint-hearted and so Live and Let Die needs an experienced hand.
Fortunately, Rory Kinnear is no stranger to James Bond: he played M's Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner, in Quantum of Solace and reprises his role for Skyfall.
Kinnear has a compelling cast of characters at his disposal on this audiobook and he makes full use of them.
Mr Big’s sounds like a formidable foe. He’s much more than a regular gangster and comes across as calm and intelligent, but also deeply menacing. Even Bond is fascinated and slightly awestruck by him. When Kinnear speaks as Mr Big, you listen, especially when he issues the order: ‘Hurt him considerably’.
This contrasts superbly with the manic laughter of Tee-Hee, Mr Big’s henchman, and the genuine warmth between James Bond and Felix Leiter.
In Live and Let Die, Bond sweats, makes mistakes and even faints with pain. We also hear Bond’s anger as the mission gets personal.
Look beyond the language of its day and you’ll hear an action-packed audiobook – and, like a piranha’s bite, you won’t be able to let go.
Listen out for:
- Mr Big’s calling card
- the chapter: ‘He disagreed with something that ate him’
- Bond swimming for his life in shark-infested waters
- Solitaire, Mr Big’s beautiful prisoner
Live and Let Die is the second James Bond title by Ian Fleming.