The Man with the Golden Gun Paperback – 26 Oct 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
The opening chapters see James Bond rehabilitated from the misfortunes of the previous two novels and quickly dispatched to familiar territory where he is to hunt down the notorious hit man. Pleasingly, the book recalls earlier Bond novels such as "Diamonds are forever" , "Dr No" and "Live an let die" whilst retaining the leanness of the short stories which I feel represent Fleming's best writing and reveal James Bond as a more hardened and ruthless individual. In the longer books, Bond is far more human and fallible - a million miles from any of the screen versions.( The shorter stories probably reveal Daniel Craig's impersonal version as nearer the mark. and the character is slightly more ruthless and cold-blooded than in the more familiar titles.)
Of the series, this is one of the best if not quite as good as "From Russia with love" or "The spy who loved me" and if the writing is a bit scraggy and maudlin at the conclusion, it is fair to say that the excitement levels never let up.Read more ›
Put simply, this book absolutely squanders its own potential. The ''Manchurian Candidate'' style plot could have been awesome if it was done in the style of ''From Russia With Love'' but instead it is wrapped up literally within the first chapter and is almost never mentioned again.
Scaramanga himself is nothing but a henchman compared to SMERSH or SPECTRE and is only dangerous because he is a good shot. The film version as cheesy as he is, was far more menacing than this guy. And even if he wasn't, even if you believe that he is a formidable and impressive villain, you simply cannot say that he is more interesting than the brainwashing plot could have been.
Its still a good book mind, I would recommend it to you, but if you don't feel like reading the other twelve books in the series PLEASE read this after ''Casino Royale'' or ''From Russia With Love.'' Fleming at his best is miles away from Fleming at his worst.
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To be fair this was Ian Flemings last book, he was so ill he could only manage to write about an hour a day... Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. J. Hannaway
Back and at his most dangerously sophisticated self.
Back in the Caribbean, reunited with an old colleague and right in the thick of it - performing masterfully. Read more
Bond is sent to track down Scaramanga in Jamaica in a mission to prove his value to M after his Russian ordeal.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer