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The Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond Novels) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2004

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"Fleming keeps you riveted." -- Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Born in London in 1908, Ian Fleming worked as a banker and journalist before serving in the British Naval Intelligence during WWII. He published his first novel Casino Royale in 1953 and thus started the astoundingly successful Bond novels and films. Fleming died in 1964. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014200328X
  • ASIN: B001BCADYE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,862,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Afraid I've got to take issue with a one-star rating for this novel. Sure, it's not the best Bond novel -- that's probably "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," although I've also got a soft spot for the unusual "The Spy Who Loved Me" -- but it's hardly a bad novel. Scaramanga, far from being a terrible villain, is actually one of the more memorable Fleming ever wrote. I enjoy the way in which he serves as a sort of dark mirror for Bond himself, and that makes me feel like Fleming was actually just trying something different with this novel. That may or may not make it one of the lesser of his Bond novels, but I think saying that it's just plain bad is an overstatement.
Anyways, if you're a Bond fan, you still ought to give the novel a look.
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The James Bond novels have been a staple in my home for over 40 years, since I started reading them at 10 years old. I read every novel once every two years it seems, as Fleming's impeccable writing, his plots, his villians, and most of all, the decription of detail that makes reading these novels the ultimate escape.

That said, I think I know how Fleming writes...

Each time I read this book, I get a growing feeling that not only did Ian Fleming not finish the book, it seems like he wrote almost exactly HALF, and some one else took over upon his death.

As a little Fleming is better than none at all, I still read the book.

Ian Fleming wrote 007 Novels for 11 years. They are all superb, wuth the earlier, grittier ones being the best. I don't play cards, but I was sweating along with Bond while he played Le Chiffre at Casino Royale.

You get that same marvelous sense of being in the story the first half of The Man With The Golden Gun, and then the story (and the writing) seem to go wrong.

I report, you decide.
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To a certain extent, it feels unfair to criticize The Man With the Golden Gun, the last of Ian Fleming's original James Bond books. It is generally agreed that Fleming, seriously ill while writing this book, died before having a chance to rewrite his initial, sketchy drafts. The book itself was rushed out by Fleming's publishers and therefore, if it often reads like a first draft that's because it is.
This is the book that finds James Bond returning to MI6 after being briefly brainwashed by the KGB. Needing to redeem himself in the eyes of M (who, in this book's rushed characterization, is at his most coldly unlikeable), Bond is sent to take out international assassin Paco Scaramanga, whose trademark is that he kills with a golden gun. As said, the entire book reads like a sketch of an idea (a short story really) and Fleming's prose and dialouge are (through not fault of his own) rough and unpolished. However, the book does have a few good points that are all the more remarkable when you consider the duress Fleming was under when he wrote it. Scaramanga is a potentially fascinating character, a wonderfully image of James Bond as if reflected in a funhouse mirror. Indeed, it is hard not to feel that if Fleming had lived to write a second draft, Scaramanga would be remembered as one of his most memorable villians, in league with Dr. No and Goldfinger. As well, there is wonderfully elegiac about the book's final chapter where Bond spends a few pages considering his legacy as a secret agent and his future in espionage. Fleming, surely knowing that this would be his final novel, uses the chapter to sum up all that he had written over the past 15 or so years and it serves as a nice tribute for the fans of the original James Bond, confirming everything that made us a fan in the first place.
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This is one of the original James Bond 007 novels written by Ian Fleming. The book is very different from the movie filmed in 1974. The entire novel is set in Jamaica - a favorite location of Ian Fleming. The novel and the movie of "Dr. No" were both set in Jamaica, and that was one of the few movies very faithful to an Ian Fleming novel. The villain in "The Man with the Golden Gun" is Francisco Scaramanga, but the character in the book differs markedly from the part played by Christopher Lee in the 1974 movie. The book character is much "rougher" whereas the part played by Lee was more refined and better mannered in public. Scaramanga in the book is a hit man doing business with Mafia gangsters from the USA, the Soviet secret service and the Cuban secret police. They have plans to enter the gambling business in Jamaica, to bribe public officials and to market illegal drugs. Scaramanga in the movie was a very affluent hit man paid off and funded largely by a Thai-Chinese business tycoon and by the Red Chinese communists, who provide him with a luxurious home on his own private island off the Chinese coast. The book character has "3 nipples" but is never shown with a woman, whereas the movie character has a relationship with a woman played by Maud Adams. It is even suggested by British intelligence in the book that Scaramanga may be a homosexual. The book character of Mary Goodnight is very English. She assists James Bond to a certain degree on his mission, but she is nothing like the supposed "dumb Blonde" character played by Brit Eckland in the 1974 movie. Both Maud Adams and Brit Eckland are Swedes in real life. The novel is set in Jamaica, whereas the movie was set in locales such as Lebanon, Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand and Red China. All the Ian Fleming novels are excellent for the fans of James Bond 007.
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