Author: Ian Fleming
Publication date: 26th March 1956
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Cover artist: Pat Marriott
After the success of the first three books, Diamonds Are Forever moves away from Russia as an enemy to a story centring on Bond’s attempt to infiltrate a diamond smuggling racket run by “The Spangled Mob”.
Also see: the James Bond books
Bond acts as a courier, smuggling a set of diamonds inside golf balls. This was a device that Fleming had picked up whilst working in navel intelligence during the Second World War when messages were sent to prisoners of war inside the balls.