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What are the best spy novels ever written?

I had originally written this post on Quora, as the answer top the question “What are the best spy novels ever written?”

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Here are two novels, written by former spies, that couldn’t be more different from each other, but rank among the greatest in the spy genre.

From Russia,with Love-Ian Fleming

In the fifth novel to feature the legendary Secret Service agent,Bond is marked for assassination by Soviet Counterintelligence agency SMERSH, and young clerk Tatiana Romanova, along with a Russian decoding device, is the bait to lure Bond into a trap, orchestrated by the ruthless Colonel Rosa Klebb.

From Russia, with Love is everything we love about Agent 007- edge-of-your-seat drama, femme fatales and powerful villains.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold– John le Carré

Regarded as a masterpiece in the spy genre, this novel is as far as it gets from Bond-esque tropes.Set during the height of the Cold War, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is about the core principle of spycraft- the flow of information. The tension is slowly and meticulously built up through an intricate plot, full of twists and turns. This is a must-read for all lovers of the spy genre.


Movie Recommendations: #34

Casino Royale (2006)

Director: Martin Campbell.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green,Mads Mikkelsen,Judi Dench.

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Casino Royale is the 21st film in the James Bond franchise, and the first to feature Daniel Craig as the iconic MI6 agent.The film was a reboot of the franchise,based on the first novel in the series authored by Ian Fleming.

The story pits Agent 007 against the terrorist financer Le Chiffre(Mads Mikkelsen) in a high stakes poker game, where his objective is to win the game and bankrupt Le Chiffre. The film features everything that has made the Bond franchise one of the biggest hits in the entertainment industry- thrills,high octane action, and crisp dialogue all executed with panache, and Daniel Craig portrays the legendary secret agent with aplomb.It also features the beautiful Aston Martin DB5 and the Aston Martin DBS V12.