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The Man with the Golden Gun: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Dec 1987

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Dec. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745159338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745159331
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,091,495 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 the Paperback edition.

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There is only one Bond. --This text refers to the 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 Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
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. But the unadorned story is still a real thrill ride with plenty of painful and well imagined set pieces. It's a great read, 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F.R. Jameson on 28 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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