Originally posted by greenpawn34
I do recomend that one reads the Ian Fleming novels.
Forget the film.
Well, you don't have to tell me about Flemings' novels.
Here on the pic is "From Russia With Love" - by the way pretty faithfully presented in the Film with Robert Shaw as a villain and Daniela Bianchi as "Tatiana". (Bond film No2.)
I loved this novel for one more reason: there are Balkan and Belgrade mentioned, with particularly detailed description of Railway station, even with train schedule...
Bond was a gourmet - in the novels - he liked spicy Turkish qouisine.
(For example, Turkish yoghurt, figs for breakftss in the hotel and goulasch - in this novel From Russia With Love.)
Of course that he is a whole different person (personality) in the novels: he is emotional, doesn't like to kill people (!) etc.
In this novel - from the pic - "From Rusia with Love", there is a typical Bond breakfast (which I assume it's Ian Fleming's favourite breakfast):::
1 - Very strong coffee, from De Bry in New Oxford Street, made in Italian espresso machine, black no sugar
2 - Single egg, brown speckled, boiled for 3 minutes and 20 seconds precisely
3- Two slices of wholewheat toast
4- yellow Jersey butter
5 -strawberry jam
6 - Norwegian Heather honey ---
Coffee pot and silver - Queen Anne, china was Minton!
Ok. We are all hungry now.
As of chess trivia, in this novel the Soviet villain is Chess GM and his name is Bronstein. Ha ha. His chess carrier is a cover.
But there are other writers of spy novels - look at the book on the left.
Eric Ambler is the name. Probably the best author of spy novels ever.
He also mentioned Balkan and Belgrade in his works.
For example in "Coffin for Dimitrios".
Alfred Hitchock once said that Ambler is the best in his field!
You should also read A. den Doolard (pen name), a Dutch writer who wrote many spy adventure novels, usually set in Balkan, specially in Macedonia.
He got a monument in Ohrid after his death "for hos novels contributed to Macedonian tourism"!!