I was rather disappointed in this book; as the first of Fleming's Bond series, I was expecting much more. Both the characters and the story lack a lot of depth, both feeling very one-dimensional. The last quarter of the story is very slow, and features an unsatisfying ending. The character of Vesper Lynd is so poorly developed - Fleming wrote her with such a misogynous/sexist bias that she was just pathetic. James Bond didn't do too much either; nothing like any of the movies. Though an interesting comparison to the movie franchise, I wouldn't read this book again.