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At least it's better than the movie,
This review is from: Moonraker (Paperback)
Moonraker is notorious among Bond fans for being the height of the 70s stupidity which pulled the series very, very far from Ian Fleming's tone. I have not seen it for years but I recall it basically being TSWLM in space with a dumb outer space laser battle, and, of course, the pigeon doing a double take.
It had basically nothing to do with the 1955 novel apart from Bond, the villain Hugo Drax (in name only) and the title. Ev-er-y-thing else is completely different. While the movie was an expensive epic that tried to be Bond meets Star Wars, the novel is very low key and focuses more on investigation and some mystery.
M calls Bond to his office with concerns about popular high-flyer Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards at a swanky London club. Why would a multi-millionaire want to earn a pittance and risk his reputation by cheating? As soon as Bond begins observing, and growing suspicious, of Drax there is a tragedy at his nuclear facility. The Moonraker project (basically a big nuke - an early version of an ICBM) is due for a test launch in a couple of days but when one of Drax's men apparently goes mad and does a murder-suicide Bond is moved in to investigate and soon discovers that Drax is not the man he claims to be.
I found a few similarities to Goldeneye in regards to Drax's motivations, but aside from that it will all be completely new to those of you who have just seen the movies. Fleming details a lot of the south east coast of England and many country backroads, that's about as as close to space as you get. It's maybe a bit too quaint compared to modern spy novels but does seem to be cutting edge for its time.
The ending is a bit of a downer though, but realistic. I so wish that the movies were made in chronological order.