I read all the Bond books when I was much younger. I recently came across the kindle version and decided to read it again.
Here's the description from Amazon:
James Bond is marked for death by the Soviet counterintelligence agency SMERSH in Ian Fleming’s masterful spy thriller, and the novel that President John F. Kennedy named one of his favorite books of all time.Fleming wrote about the cold war and he understood the totalitarian state. He does a masterful job of showing lives in fear, even at the highest level.
SMERSH stands for “Death to Spies” and there’s no secret agent they’d like to disgrace and destroy more than 007, James Bond. But ensnaring the British Secret Service’s most lethal operative will require a lure so tempting even he can’t resist. Enter Tatiana Romanova, a ravishing Russian spy whose “defection” springs a trap designed with clockwork precision. Her mission: seduce Bond, then flee to the West on the Orient Express.
Here is Tatiana, a young naïve girl, receiving instructions:
...You will be taught certain foreign customs. You will be equipped with beautiful clothes. You will be instructed in all the arts of allurement.Yikes. But that is the end result of statism, of the left, and of socialism. There is no property. You own nothing, not even your body.
...You will meet this man. You will seduce him. In this matter you will have no silly compunctions. Your body belongs to the State. Since your birth the State has nourished it. Now your body must work for the State. Is that understood?
Can't you hear the Secretary of Health now? Your body belongs to the Federal Government. Since your birth the Federal Government has cared for your health and welfare. Now you must care for that body as the state has decided.
In addition to that peek into the communist mindset there is a nostalgic sense of the past Western freedom in the book. Bond boards the plane with his trusty Beretta eight shot .25 pistol in his shoulder holster. After take-off he lights a cigarette and takes a book out of his attaché case. The case hides fifty rounds of additional ammunition, two throwing knives, fifty gold coins, and in the shaving cream can (larger than 4 ounces) Bond has a silencer for his Beretta. No metal detectors, no x-ray, and no groping TSA hands. Probably a lot safer than today.