We all know who James Bond is from the movies, but the reality is the original books written by Ian Fleming are considerably more realistic and in my opinion more enjoyable. This was actually the first of the James Bond books I have read and I now plan to read more. The reason I read this book was because I heard that “The Living Daylights” was about sniping and worth the read. This book is actually a compilation of 4 short stories about James Bond, of which “The Living Daylights” is the one we care about, though the other three are good as well. If you recall the movie of the same title, there is a scene when 007 uses a Walther WA2000, the entire story is about the preparation of and the taking of that particular shot that is portrayed in the movie. The details of the sniping incident are fairly accurate, though there are some tactical flaws in Bonds sniping techniques. It is apparent that Ian Fleming did some good research leading up to the writing of this story, but back in the late 50’s and early 1960’s the tactics were not as developed as they are today and Mr. Fleming missed a few obvious flaws, but still it is an entertaining read and nice to see an entire short story dedicated sniping. I enjoyed it.

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