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Big is a notorious Harlem gangster who has been hoarding and running pirate gold in illegal operations. He is also a vicious operative of the Russian terrorist syndicate, SMERSH, and, perhaps, most fearsome of all, the rumored zombie of the dark voodoo god Baron Samedi himself. Has James Bond bitten off more than he can chew, or is this a perfect opportunity for him to excel in his deadly skills as a double agent? Probably over a decade ago, I saw the James Bond film of the same name that was adapted from this book while watching a James Bond movie marathon on satellite tv. Yes, I said it.
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Here, pursues the notorious American criminal Mr.
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If Bond can find out what Mr. But while investigating Mr. Big in Harlem, it becomes very clear that Bond and Leiter got more than they bargained for—even with an assist from Mr. They end up hightailing it for Florida to check out Mr. Big is African American and all of his agents are as well, but Fleming makes a curious assumption that all black people are impressionable enough to fall under Mr. According to this book literally every black person must be treated with suspicion because they could become an agent of Mr. Big at the drop of a hat.
Fleming wrote the novel at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica before his first book, Casino Royale , was published; much of the background came from Fleming's travel in the US and knowledge of Jamaica. Bond becomes involved in the US through Mr Big's smuggling of 17th-century gold coins from British territories in the Caribbean. The novel deals with the themes of the ongoing East-West struggle of the Cold War , including British and American relations, Britain's position in the world, race relations, and the struggle between good and evil. The initial print run of 7, copies quickly sold out and a second print run was ordered within the year. US sales, when the novel was released there a year later, were much slower.