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The Man With The Golden Gun [Unknown Binding]

Ian: Fleming
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  • Publisher: London,Jonathan,1965 (1965)
  • ASIN: B002BFTVOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fleming's GOLDEN final novel! 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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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect the movie version...
I've recently got back into James Bond after more years than I care to admit to and was immediately reminded of why I liked Ian Fleming back then. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian Coates
4.0 out of 5 stars not the same has the film
enjoyed the book better then the film. even though they nothing like it each other apart from the character names.
Published 8 months ago by Derek Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars The man with the golden gun
This is a great book. Scaramanga came across as a skilful killer and Bond did his usual best to eliminate the opponent.
Published 10 months ago by AntSherlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Really good book, I was interested from start to finish, it was a totally amazing book.
S.w age 11, 2013
Published 11 months ago by Joshua Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film
Loved this one the story is better than anything in the film. Goldfinger is one of the best Bond books
Published 11 months ago by weatherwax
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best send off
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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by F.R. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% ALL GOOD
This book was n iot what I expexted at all but without spoiling the end it seemed a little rushed. I believe it was Fleming's last Bond book and this shoed in the hurried ending... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Andy H
4.0 out of 5 stars A weak finale for the original James Bond series
Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel seems rather weak when compared to its predecessors. Following on from the events of You Only Live Twice, Bond finally returns to London, only... Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite James Bond Novel
Several months ago, I decided to read all James Bond novels... And this is the one I most enjoyed... Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by Julien
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond
Yet another bond classic!! works well as a book. 4 corners pages WITH words on them, unfortunately not pictures so those who read not good won't be able to enjoy this product as... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Delpherias
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