Marriott, Pat. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, with diamond pattern stamped in blind and diamond illustration stamped in silver to the front board, spine lettered in silver; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Pat Marriott, with an illustration of a woman wearing a diamond brooch to the front panel, spine and front panel lettered in pink and white, portrait photograph of Fleming by Douglas Glass to the rear panel. Near fine, with just a touch of faint rubbing to the spine ends, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, with a few tiny chips to the spine ends, a touch of light toning to the spine, some minor soiling to the rear panel. Overall, a very clean and pleasing copy. Gilbert A4a1. Diamonds are Forever takes British Secret Service agent James Bond first to Sierra Leone and then to the United States in an attempt to thwart an illegal diamond smuggling trade. Although he was an English citizen, Fleming's "familiarity with many aspects of American life, shiny and shady, gives cold actuality to the most exciting and ingenious story he has written." It was adapted into a film of the same name starring Sean Connery as Bond in 1971. Notably, Fleming's background research for this novel, specifically the interviews he conducted with the International Diamond Security Organisation, ultimately formed the basis for his later non-fiction work The Diamond Smugglers.