"Moonraker" is the third of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and sees the British agent exposing a card cheat and discovering his deadly secret. At M's request, Bond confronts Sir Hugo Drax at the card table, on a mission to teach the millionaire and head of the Moonraker project a lesson he won't forget, and prevent a scandal engulfing Britain's ...
"Moonraker" is the third of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and sees the British agent exposing a card cheat and discovering his deadly secret. At M's request, Bond confronts Sir Hugo Drax at the card table, on a mission to teach the millionaire and head of the Moonraker project a lesson he won't forget, and prevent a scandal engulfing Britain's latest defence system. But there is more to the mysterious Drax than simply cheating at cards. And once Bond delves deeper into goings on at the Moonraker base he discovers that both the project and its leader are something other than they pretend to be...
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I didn't read Bond as a young person so only grew up knowing the films, which were OK in their way if you like that kind of thing. I heard Casino Royale as a dramatised reading on Radio 4Xtra and it was superb and inspired me to read some other titles.
Yes, by today's standards they are misogynistic and slightly racists but that was the way of the world then, what does stand the test of time is the wonderful prose.
If you've never dipped into Fleming's works do try them, you will be genuinely surprised by the quality there.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-22 One of Ian Fleming's most notable Bond novels, and one of the worst film adaptations of the series, the story of Sir Hugo Drax and his apocalyptic Moonraker missile program is revisited in this spirited reading by Simon Vance. With his classical yet smooth British dialect, Vance is more reminiscent of Timothy Dalton than any other Bond actor. His delivery is strong and commanding; Bond has never been more debonair than he is here. Vance creates compelling and realistic characters aside from the protagonist, leading to a thrilling listen that will captivate fans of the genre and newcomers alike as the film never could. A Penguin paperback. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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