They'd stood there, in those distinctive dust covers, gathering dust, for so many years. By rights they should have comprised a complete set of first editions, each one inscribed and signed by Ian Fleming to my father. And now they are all gone!
As a kid I never let plot holes get in the way of a good James Bond yarn. On the side of one hydrogen bomb in Thunderball it says (and this is absolutely true, you can see for yourself) "handle like eggs." But I didn't care.