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The Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond Novels) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2004
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Anyways, if you're a Bond fan, you still ought to give the novel a look.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite Ian Fleming books. I bought the book knowing that it would be used, so I was unsure about the shape it would come in. It came in great shape. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nicholas DiMambro
I love all these books. This is better due to it not being close to the movie. I'm reading them all!Published 1 month ago by tom hereley
I've read all the Bond novels by Fleming. This was his final one. It's complete but he died before he made his final pass as edits so it's a little short. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William D. Hause
Picking up where You Only Live Twice left off, this book takes Bond back to the Caribbean with another great adventure. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Grullon
Great book - but not as good as others such as From Russia with Love, Dr No or Casino Royale.Published 4 months ago by Adam C. Shaw
I’d never read James Bond before, and this is only the second unabridged audio book of the series that I have listened to. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J'aime
After being treated for brainwashing at the hands of the Russians 007 is sent to Jamaica to 'take action' against a guy that shoots people with a golden gun. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ellison
I saw the movie but the book was completely different and was a joy to read. I get a better picture of any story by reading it and this was full of surprises. Good book.Published 5 months ago by Andrew C Smith
I felt a twinge of sadness after completing this novel, knowing that it was the final Ian Fleming James Bond book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tim Field