Sometimes people ask me what book they should start with in the Bond series. My answer?
Ideally I’d say get hold of a copy of Casino Royale and work your way through the rest in chronological order. But that’s not how I read the books the first time.
I did start at the beginning, with Casino Royale.
But after that I read whatever I could get my hands on from friends, the library and the second hand paperback stall at our local market. It didn’t spoil anything for me I don’t think.
So, another way to approach it is like me.
Whatever is available.
And there is a third approach, especially good if you’re not an avid reader I think, or if English isn’t your first language and you don’t feel up to reading a novel yet.
There are two books of short stories, For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy & The Living Daylights.
From the first I particularly like From a View to a Kill and For Your Eyes Only. From the second I recommend The Living Daylights. It is gripping and contains just about everything you could want from 007.