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M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.'  

'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.'  

The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. 

One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. 

It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. 

It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill. 

This is the story of the birth of a legend in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera. 

©2018 Anthony Horowitz (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Simon
  • 06-02-18

An Iconic Legend is Born

Horowitz is an author that has taken us on an incredible journey in recent years. He's brought us Moriarty, he's channeled his inner Agatha Christie and even just been himself! He has also of course been the latest author to be trusted with the James Bond franchise. In each case he has shown a great sympathy for the style and substance of the characters and period in which the stories were set. So, he was probably an ideal candidate to deal with the birth of the James Bond 007 legend.

There were once again a lot of traps he could have fallen into which he cleverly skirts around such as upgrading this to modern sensibilities. For example while I have never been a smoker I cannot imagine an early James Bond who wasn't one! Horowitz writes with a similar style and cleverness to Fleming's books while appearing to retain that glorious naivete of the period. To this reader at least it really did feel similar to reading one of Fleming's creations and this is the skill of Horowitz when he takes on these legendary characters.

The story itself is original but to a similar formula. There is a dastardly plot, genuinely evil intent on the part of the villains who behave like classic Bond villains and of course plenty of signature Bond action, investigation and no little mayhem. The girls are of course cool and sexy . . . well what did we expect? In this case I'd say one comes close to stealing the show from Bond . . . handing him one of his classic motifs in the process.

Matthew Goode making his Audible UK debut is highly competent as a narrator and his voicing rounds off a thoroughly polished package. With Forever and a Day Horowitz has depicted a crucial chapter in the Bond story covering the birth of a literary icon and he was clearly the right choice to do it.

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  • Matt Carter
  • 06-04-18

Every bit a Bond story

Anthony Horowitz does it again, another great Bond story. Matthew Goode's performance brings it to life. Great characterisations. I really like the way Horowitz sets his Bond stories in the 50's.

I'm not going to say anymore , apart from listen to this is it pure escapism.

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  • John Telfer
  • 06-02-18

Very Flemingesque

Really good book. As good as Fleming with some great fan pleasing in-jokes. Listened to it in a day

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  • RickyRaj
  • 06-15-18

James Bond fans will not be disappointed!

A refreshing tale of a newly promoted Bond and his first assignment in the south of France. Well written and thought out for the time period it is set in. An easy read/listen.

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  • elizsheba
  • 06-10-18

Brilliant !

That was absolutely delightful and beautifully written !
Horowitz showed the love of poetic language combined with fast muscular plot.

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  • Alex
  • 06-17-18

Fantastic

Such a gripping, funny and fast paced read. Love everything Horowitz writes and this is no exception, couldn't stop listening so well performed.

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  • Mr Craig P Keogh
  • 06-16-18

Bond Classic

Glorious production of a Bond story that is an instant classic. Anthony H’s writing is sublime and Goode’s narration exceptional. I cannot recommend enough.

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  • Mark
  • 06-15-18

Instant Classic

If you like Bond you'll love this especially if you are a fan of early Bond. This introduces him as 007 and has all the pace, plot, character and action that you will ever need. Perfect!

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  • Julia
  • 06-15-18

Couldn’t put this down

Wonderful story, brilliantly read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book which was an authentic Bond story, very true to the original Ian Fleming novels. Loved “16” character.

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  • Helen Hodgson
  • 06-13-18

Everything you would expect from classic bond

Twists and turns a plenty see à newly promoted Bond on his first 00 mission. Horowitz captures the style perfectly.

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