London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. First edition. Black cloth publisher's binding stamped in silver to spine and front board. Previous owner's signature and address to front endpaper. A straight, clean copy housed in an unclipped Near Fine jacket with light soiling to rear panel.
Considered the most sexually explicit of Fleming's novels, The Spy Who Loved Me is told from the first person perspective of Vivienne Michel, who recounts her past love affairs. While her early exploits include a young man in a cinema and her German boss, she encounters the dashing James Bond almost halfway through the novel. When he arrives at the hotel where she works, 007 rapidly determines that Viv is under threat from mobsters. After rescuing and bedding her, Viv tells readers that she woke to find Bond gone, having left her a note that he needed to pick up on an important mission and tour of America. Though a police officer who comes to assist her in the events' aftermath warns her against pursuing a dangerous man like Bond, Viv insists she'll never forget the spy who loved her. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2560)