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The Man with the Golden Gun [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ian Fleming , Kenneth Branagh
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781471309571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471309571
  • ASIN: 1471309576
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 14 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,123 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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On 4CD's: If you try to assassinate your boss - even though brainwashed at the time - you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond has to kill one of the most lethal hitmen in the world: Paco 'Pistols' Scaramanga. In the sultry heat of Jamaica 007 infiltrates his target's criminal cooperative - only to find that Scaramanga's bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better. 12 Nov 2012
By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE
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Not for me anyway.

Confession. My two favourite Bond novels are the first, Casino Royale, and the last, this one, The Man with the Golden Gun. Probably because for large parts, they have a very similar feel. Fleming of course never finished The Man with the Golden Gun -what we read is in essense a draft copy that was put together by his editor following his death (rather simplistic description, but basically what happened). Either way, I always loved it. It was the first Bond novel I ever bought, aged eleven, and I still rememeber the feeling I had when I first read it. It's cold. Brutal, sparse, tightly plotted and even more tightly written. Realistic? Not really; Fleming had a thing for American gangsters. He also had a unique prose style and way of capturing an atmosphere. A particular book, or brand of whiskey. The moment at which a radio is switched on. Occasional flashes of extremely black humour utterly alien to the films (Dalton and Craig portrayals notwithstanding). Dated? Possibly. I would call them period pieces rather than being dated though. They were very much products of their time.

No matter. My favourite Bond novel (well, joint favourite) read by Sir Kenneth Branagh, who in my opinion is one of the greatest living actors. I'm a happy man. They really have gone to town with this series of audio books. Straight unabridged readings, no unnecessary effects (some nice interviews at the end though). And it's done especially well here. The atmosphere has been captured perfectly by Branagh's superbly judged reading; he doesn't get in the way of the text, but lets it do the work. Characters are as easy to follow as you'd expect given the author and actor, pacing is spot on. If you only buy one of this series of audio books, this is the pick of a superb series.
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First published in 1965, The Man With The Golden Gun was the thirteenth print outing (and twelfth full length novel) for superspy James Bond. It was the second to last Bond book by Ian Fleming, and published posthumously.

Following the events of ‘You Only Live Twice’, in which Bond had lost his memory and was travelling to Russia to try and recover his identity, we meet a Bond seemingly in command of his faculties once again and trying to make contact with his old boss, M. But there is something amiss, Bond has been brainwashed by SMERSH and has been sent to assassinate M. Following the failed attempt Bond is rehabilitated, and M sends him on a potentially suicidal mission in order to reprove his worth and loyalty to the service. That mission is nothing less than to assassinate Francisco Scaramanga, AKA the man with the Golden Gun.

Bond is soon immersed in Carribean life as he tries to get close to his prey. A stroke of luck places him right next to Scaramanga, but it turns out the hoodlum is into something deep and Bond feels he must investigate and put a stop to the whole show rather than just kill Scaramanga. Aided by his old friend Felix Leiter and his ex-secretary Miss Goodnight, he goes through a tense and thrilling set of adventures as he winds towards one of the best finales that Fleming ever wrote.

Some complain that this book feels a little unfinished and rough around the edges. I have to say that I think this is a blessing. The Bond books had been getting increasingly overblown with greater degrees of grotesquery as Fleming tried to outdo himself with ever more imaginative descriptions. Here there is a feeling of restraint as Fleming had not had time to go back over the bare bones of the story and add too much flesh before he died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 2 Nov 2012
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I had only seen the film a couple of times, but listening to the audio book read by Kenneth Brannagh was amazing. My journey to work seemed too short for once!

I didn't realise what a talented writer Ian Fleming was.

The book was so much better than the film and you really got a sense of the time and the real 007. I can't wait to listen to the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond 3 April 2013
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I am a huge fan of Sir Kenneth and looked forward to hearing this. He reads it very well and gets you involved in the characters so that you want to get to the last disc and find out what happens. I saw the movie years ago but as always the book is different from the screen version and therefore I was able to hear the characters as new, without remembering who played them on screen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Late Bond 9 Jan 2013
By T. Bently VINE VOICE
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This is the penultimate tome in the Bond series and is a tired affair. It has dated badly and detailed descriptions of Secret Service practices (good cop, bad cop interrogations for example) which may have been novel at the time are just tedious now. I enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's style of narration but ultimately this is not enough to enliven a dull tale.
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