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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141045086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141045085
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fleming was born in 1908 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went abroad to further his education. In 1931, having failed to get an appointment in the Foreign Office, he joined Reuters News Agency. During the Second World War, he was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising to the rank of Commander. His wartime experiences provided him with a first-hand knowledge of secret operations.

After the war he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. He built his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica and there at the age of forty-four he wrote Casino Royale, the first of his novels featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 1964, the James Bond adventures had sold more than forty million copies. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes. He is also the author of the magical children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The novels of Ian Fleming were immediately recognised as classic thrillers by his contemporaries Kingsley Amis, Raymond Chandler and John Betjeman. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.

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"Ian Fleming traces the intricacies of counter-espionage with all the efficient authority of 007's own secret reports" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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There is only one Bond. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. D. Fackrell on 4 Mar 2003
Format: Paperback
The late Ian Fleming wrote this final Bond thriller just before his sad passing in the early 60s. The big question was with this and "You Only Live Twice", also "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" did the early films influence changes to his original character? The answer is no. The Bond of the books remains as consistent as he was in "Casino Royale" and "Live and Let Die". The book follows neatly on from "You Only Live Twice" which I would reccommend reading first. Bond has been missing for over a year and his department have already argreed he is dead. In fact he has suffered from amensia and has become corrupted and brainwashed by the KGB. He is sent back to London in an attempt to assainate M, his boss, in a heart stopping and most suspensful opening. Yet when he fails M insists against all odds he should earn a chance to be reinstated, he sends his top man to Jamaica to elminate the millionare hit man, Paco Scaramanga. Fleming's Jmaes Bond ever faithful to his hatred of killing a man in cold blood leds 007 to pass up the perfect opportunity of expiring his enemny and is forced to take a much more dangerous path, he gets inside the man's gang, yet some of the other members are not all what they seem and Scaramanga does not trust Bond as far as he can throw him, and it is only a matter of time before he will realise that Bond is not the man he is pretending to be!
An exciting start leds to some fairly dull moments during the middle of the novel, yet it is not long before things start getting hotter again. Bond is once again portrayed wonderfully by Fleming showing us how his mind works and devealing deep in to his emotions, something that none of the actors in the films could successfully do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.R. Jameson on 28 Aug 2012
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This is a strange, sad, little novel.

Apparently there's some debate as to whether this posthumously published book was actually finished by Fleming before he died, or completed by other hands. To me it does seem far less polished than any of the other James Bond adventures (but then the same could be said about Phillip Marlowe's swansong `Playback' and Chandler was alive when that came out). After a bizarre opening where is a hypnotised Bond tries to kill M (suggesting that `The Manchurian Candidate' was on Fleming's bookshelf), that idea is completely abandoned as Bond is packed off on a manhunt to the Caribbean.

It's a different and almost flatter Bond in this book, one lacking the trademark cruelty or even his normal arrogance of class. He plods through the tale, without any of the dynamism of his earlier adventures. Scaramanga, the villain of the piece, is also below par. He's almost a henchman promoted to main villain, there's no spark to his character - and the two men just talk and talk, (largely about boring arrangements). Even the final confrontation is incredibly un-dramatic, with Bond lacking a killer instinct and Scaramanga not quite being the great hit-man we'd been led to expect.

Nothing comes to life in 'The Man with the Golden Gun' - not the characters, not the setting, not the plot. It's a drudge of a read. Commentators often point out how close to parody Fleming could get in the later books, but even that seems lacking here. Truly, I've no idea whether Ian Fleming finished it or not - but if he did, then he did it as a writer who'd lost interest in the world of his most famous creation.

I haven't said this about any of the others, but I'd rather watch the Roger Moore film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tigerclaw on 16 July 2014
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This is another piece of good writing from Ian Fleming. The story puts Bond up against Scaramanga a villain who holds his own with any Bond has encountered.

Like any of the Bond stories they start where the last one ends with a trigger of memory returning of his previous life and having to leave his lover Kissy Suzuki in Japan and head for Vladivostock in the Soviet Union. Unknown to him Kissy is pregnant.

James Bond eventually reached London and is trying to contact M. He has been away for about a year or more and believed to be missing in action.

When eventually a meeting is arranged with M. Bond tries to kill him. However this is stopped and Bond is sedated. In the time he has been In the Soviet Union he has been brainwashed by the KGB. Now the plan is to return him to his former self.

After treatment James Bond is passed fit to return to active duty and eliminate a hired assassin called Scaramanga who has clients like the KGB and the Mafia.

Bond has tracked Scaramanga to a location he knows well. Jamaica. Also there working is his former secretary. The delightful Miss Mary Goodnight

Soon Bond and Scaramanga paths cross. Along with Mary Goodnight, Bond also has help from his good friend Felix Leither.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 9 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
Oft maligned as the weakest of Ian Fleming's secret agent novels (it was also his last) The Man with the Golden Gun is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of the titular mercenary `Scaramanga' and 007's seemingly suicidal mission to assassinate this thorn in the side of Secret Services around the world.
The novel is certainly unconventional compared to its predecessors; there is no plot as such and Bond, after attempting to murder his boss - M - in the opening chapter, is both irreparably damaged and at the same time stoically determined to redeem himself and continue to serve his country, no matter what the cost. This is a lean and sparing thriller, which serves its purpose as both disposable fun and poignant final chapter in the (original) career of the world's most famous spy.
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