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The story was written by Fleming as an apology to a comment he made about hating New York City. It's worth a read, but don't expect anything from it.
I also have strange collections. I was only recently that I found out that the version of AVTAK that I had in a collection was not the full one, when I bought TLD, which was supposed to be alone in a book but came with AVTAK (confusing? yes).
In my opinion, and as someone who only read 007 in NY once and a long time ago, it's probably the weakest think Fleming ever wrote so if you get the chance read it, if not, don't think you're loosing a work of art, at least in my opinion.
It does have a couple of gentle pokes at American habits, which seem to remain true today, but it's a fairly light affair.
As an espionage story, it's nothing more than a mildly humorous anecdote. No need to rush out and get it unless you feel the need for the complete series.
At least now I've read it, thanks again!
And it was kind of fascinating for me because I grew up in NY, and all the roads & places he describes are pretty well known to me.
AND, they're STILL tearing the expressways up constantly!!!!
"007 in New York" is interesting for a fan but is nothing remarkable, not as "Property of a Lady", "The Hildebrand Rarity", "The Living Daylights" and, one of my favorites, "Quantum of Solace".
Reading that was just SO funny to this native New Yorker... b-(
However, I really meant that its interesting that Bond sees the World's Fair site prior to construction. For me that squarely places the story in a very specific period.
why not buy this and keep it as a collectors item and buy a new edition to batter by reading?
would really depends on your location and the print edition, why dont you look inside the cover and see. as 66 was the publication of the hardback this could be a first ed paperback in your location.
It is only recently that 007 in New York has been included in the book version - first appeared in book form in the 2002 Penguin hardback reprints, and all subsequent reprints since then. You're not missing much, and not really worth buying just for this very short story.
Is this the whole story?
Too much butter for me. I can feel my arteries clogging while reading that recipe. ;-)