Doctor No Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Doctor No

As Ian Fleming's sixth Bond novel begins, Commander Strangways, the local station chief of Her Majesty's Secret Service in the Caribbean, and his secretary are slain by a group of efficient assassins. Their files are burnt and their bodies are made to disappear.

Sent out to investigate the case is Commander James Bond, codename 007. Still recuperating from his recent encounter with a Russian assassin's poisoned blade, Bond is being sent on what everyone else assumes to be just a case of lovers abandoning their post.

Arriving in Kingston, Jamaica, Bond soon concludes that Strangways and his assistant are dead. Avoiding attempts on his own life by toxic insect, speeding automobile, and poisoned fruit, Bond traces the attempts to a mysterious island known as Crab Key.

Traveling there with his old friend and native guide Quarrel, Bond meets and befriends a voluptuous shell-diver named Honeychile Rider, who is soon captured with Bond by the minions of the island's owner, the mysterious Doctor No.
This report prepared by James Craver

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   naive Brooke Shields-ish virgin    -   food/shelter preoccupation    -   stranded    -   Caribbean Island Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   crushed    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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