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The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Published July 21, 2021

The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Book info

  • Title The Man With the Golden Gun
  • Author Ian Fleming
  • Year 1965
  • Genre Espionage

The Man with the Golden Gun, Paco Scaramanga, is one of the deadliest hit men in the world and the British Secret Service want him eliminated. A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It's time for him to prove he can be trusted again. Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. His plan is to infiltrate Scaramanga's gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.

Thoughts

You can tell that this book wasn’t fully formed before Fleming died. It was published posthumously and was going through the editing process at the time, and by all accounts Fleming wasn’t very happy with it. So it’s not a surprise that it doesn’t have quite the same impact as other stories. It feels shorter, less complete, and there’s a lot less depth in certain areas. But it has all the elements a good Bond novel should have - a bad guy to chase, a thrilling action sequence, plenty of intense personal danger, and a leading lady or two.

Rating: 3 / 5

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