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‘For several minutes he stood speechless his eyes dazzled by the terrible beauty of the greatest weapon on earth’He’. The two thirty eights roared simultaneouslySo begins Moonraker the third novel by Ian Fleming Published in 1955 it continues the exploits of British Secret Service agent James Bond following Casino Royale and Live and Let Die with the long running film series adhering to Fleming s bibliography neither in order or in story content This smooth spare spy thriller bares next door to zero similarity to the film released in 1979 and while I grew restless with the acrobatics of the back half I loved the business in the front half which takes readers through a day at the office with a gaming expert and modern male sophisticate occasionally called on to assassinate enemies of the stateThe novel starts with James Bond having a bad case of the Mondays worked over in the basement firing range by his instructor his sidearm is a Colt Detective Special before going up to his eighth floor office of Secret Service headuarters Radio Tests Ltd to any curious pedestrians in Regent Park Bond also known as Agent 007 might field an assignment two or three times a year that reuire his particular skills but is typically tasked with the chores of a civil servant reviewing dockets and files full of geopolitical or technological data while playing cards or golf with a few close friends on the weekend A red phone on Bond s desk summons him to the ninth floor office of the head of the Secret Service known as M Bond is caught off guard when his boss refers to him by his given name and asks for his opinion on Sir Hugo Drax a British industrialist who cornered the market on a ore called Columbite which has a very high melting point Drax is nearing completion of a rocket called the Moonraker which will have the range to strike any city in Europe guaranteeing Britain s security A member of the private card club Blades M has come by information that Drax cheats at bridge Seeking to avert a national scandal M reuests Bond join him at the club to investigate There are one or two other small refinements which contribute to the luxury of the place Only brand new currency notes and silver are paid out on the premises and if a member is staying overnight his notes and small change are taken away by the valet who brings the early morning tea and The Times and are replaced with new money No newspaper comes to the reading room before it has been ironed Floris provides the soaps and lotions in the lavatories and bedrooms there is a direct wire to Ladbroke s from the porter s lodge the club has the finest tents and boxes at the principal race meetings at Lord s Henley and Wimbledon and members traveling abroad have automatic membership of the leading club in every foreign capitalAt the gaming table Drax is a crass larger than life man with one side of his face shiny from scar tissue left over from the war when he survived a bombing on a rear liaison headuarters by German saboteurs known as The Werewolves that left many Allied soldiers killed or maimed Put off by the man s bluster and sweat Bond ascertains that Drax is using the reflection of his silver cigarette case to sneak a peek at the cards he deals Partnering with M Bond agrees to the high stakes Drax enjoys ultimately switching a hand dealt by Drax with a stacked one Bond slips out of his pocket gutting the obnoxious multimillionaire for 15000 and M hopes teaching him a lessonNursing a hangover at work the next day Bond barely has time to consider what he ll spend his winnings on when M calls him into his office this time on business Four days before the test launch of the Moonraker two men have been killed at Drax s plant on the cliffs of Dover and Deal An RAF security officer in charge of protecting the perimeter was shot by one of Drax s men a German worker who was apparently jealous of the officer s relationship with Gala Brand Drax s secretary who unknown to the industrialist is an agent of the Special Branch Not wanting the launch delayed the Cabinet has opted to replace the murdered security officer Bond reports to Drax Metals and is impressed by the multimillionaire Drax s dogsbody Willy Krebs comes across as a sneak while Gala Brand refuses to partake in Bond s repartee 007 uses his predecessor s files to discover that the man observed an object in the sea and was likely killed for it Bond and Gala Brand are nearly buried during a walk on the beach when the cliffs above them are blown up Brand discovers that Drax plans to strike London with the Moonraker Her boss abducts her and reveals he is a German seeking revenge for his homeland Bond gives chase in his Bentley but is captured Taken to the plant with Gala Bond receives a lecture by Drax but is no longer impressed Yes said Bond He looked levelly at the great red face across the desk It s a remarkable case history Galloping paranoia Delusions of jealousy and persecution Megalomaniac hatred and desire for revenge Curiously enough he went on conversationally it may have something to do with your teeth Diastema they call it Comes from sucking your thumb when you re a child Yes I expect that s what the psychologists will say when they get you into the lunatic asylum Ogre s teeth Being bullied at school and so on Extraordinary the effect it has on a child Then Nazism helped to fan the flames and then came the crack on your ugly head The crack you engineered yourself I expect that settled it From then on you were really mad Same sort of thing for people who think they re God Extraordinary what tenacity they have Absolute fanatics You re almost a genius Lombroso would have been delighted with you As it is you re just a mad dog that ll have to be shot Or else you ll commit suicide Paranoiacs generally do Too bad Sad businessNearly all the wonderful things about Moonraker occur in the first half of the book I found the details about James Bond s office space to be cheeky and fun I can t remember seeing the 007 of film really doing anything but gambling smoking being briefed on his mission seducing women and then blowing shit up Does this man have an office A secretary Miss Moneypenny is M s secretary What are his work hours What s his take home pay Does he take the tube to work or carpool This material grounds the novel as it segues into an Esuire article on how to spot a card cheat or how to drink vodka add pepper It s a trick the Russians taught me that time you attached me to the Embassy in Moscow apologized Bond There s often uite a lot of fusel oil on the surface of this stuff at least there used to be when it was badly distilled Poisonous In Russia where you get a lot of bath tub liuor it s an understood thing to sprinkle a little pepper in your glass It takes the fusel oil to the bottom I got to like the taste and now it s a habit But I shouldn t have insulted the club Wolfschmidt he added with a grinM grunted As long as you don t put pepper in Basildon s favorite champagne he said drilyThe buildup to Bond and Drax s bridge duel is sophisticated exciting and fun but climaxes everything that follows it The goings on of an arms factory aren t anywhere near as compelling as the action at Blades While Gala Brand doesn t do the business with Bond Ian Fleming being less chaste than Walt Disney but uite austere she doesn t do much but earn 007 sprofessional respect Fleming s comfort zone is clearly the snapshots of modern male living with a little gambling and some pyrotechnics thrown in I enjoyed the glimpses into 007 s job and the novel s setting precludes the rampant racism of Live and Let Die but neither the villains or Bond s straits are memorable

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T cards Bond has just five days to uncover the sinister truth behind a national hero in Ian Fleming’s third 007 adventur. I have to say MOONRAKER didn t have as much action as either of the two previous Bond novels At least at the beginning anyway Sure there was the consummate card game and torture scene but neither hit as hard or as fast as what happened in CASINO ROYALE But this was certainly an entertaining read even though the female characters seemed to wilt at the first sign of trouble or at least gave the distinct impression of the likelihood of such an occurrenceI know it s too much to ask and it s certainly not going to stop me from reading the rest of said novels but just once I d like to see a woman kick some serious butt in this series I d have to say the closest female so far has been Vesper Lynd and even she had her flaws Gala Brand held a certain amount of intrigue and promise but I felt like the afterburner element was missing from her characterBond does show a bit of his human side in this one by not actually getting the girl being just a mere mortal like the rest of us which does make his character a bit interesting even if said girl Gala does notice his ample charm And he in turn notices her abundant curves Yes these novels might be called fluff but like Bond these novels hold a sophisticated air and charm that isn t easily uantifiable and that s what makes them so gosh darn entertainingCross posted at Robert s Reads

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S a self made millionaire head of the Moonraker rocket programme and loved by the press So why is Sir Hugo Drax cheating a. Rating 4 of fiveYes again I m rating the 1979 movie not the 1954 book Get over itThe pre credits seuence of this film is the absolute all time best thrill ride in the Bondiverse Seeing it again on the teensy netbook screen was just as thrilling and pulse pounding as it was to see it in the theater 34 years ago A parachuteless Bond flung from a plane chasing a villain with a parachute wresting the parachute from the villain and death to baddie while Bond tiptoes lightly to earth It s WONDERFULThe plot s standard Bond piffle Villain with all the money in the world manages to hide a space base in the jungles of Brazil creates a supermegaultra whiter than white Master Race blah blah you know the drill What makes this fun to watch are the chase scenes in Veniceso beautiful VeniceRio de Janeiro s cable cars which had me whimpering in terrorand lastly most campily in outer space That bit the last half hour or so hasn t aged wellI really love this film for its sheer balls to the wall speed of pace Unlike many Bond films the yip yap seems to take less time than usual This perception is helped along by the forgettableness of the yip yap I thinkPossibly the stupidest thing that happens in the film is the 7ft2in tall assassin Jaws who repeats from The Spy Who Loved Me turns good because of the love of a tiny blonde woman Jeez Possibly the best thing that happens after the amazing opening seuence is the launch of six space shuttlesfilmed before even one had actually launched It s uite impressiveShirley Bassey s back singing Moonraker the last one she d ever sing Thank goodness Apparently the producers asked her to do this after Kate Bush said no The tune s just about what you d accept in a 1959 film not a 1979 film All there is to say con I still give this one a pro rating

10 thoughts on “Moonraker

  1. says:

    A 84% | Very Good Notes James Bond dispirited office worker awaits assignment and considers the empty material life his profession af

  2. says:

    The two thirty eights roared simultaneouslySo begins Moonraker the third novel by Ian Fleming Published in 1955 it continues the exploits of British Secret Service agent James Bond following Casino Royale and Live and Let

  3. says:

    For all of you who read my previous James Bond reviews Casino Royale and Live Let Die this four star review will be giving y

  4. says:

    Moonraker gets fiendish with its plot and villains making this the first of the James Bond books to feel like a James Bond moviePure Cold War spy bliss this book taps into our collective fear of mass annihilation after the successfully brutal bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki A war hero has offered his vast fortune ambition and knowledge to create and construct a missile supposedly capable of defending Britain in cas

  5. says:

    Rating 4 of fiveYes again I'm rating the 1979 movie not the 1954 book Get over itThe pre credits seuence of this film is the absolute all time best thrill ride in the Bondiverse Seeing it again on the teensy netbook screen was just as thrilling and pulse pounding as it was to see it in the theater 34 years ago

  6. says:

    The third Bond I am reading and in order So after making ill advised social commentary in his last book Fleming begins to really get into the groove for which we know him best fast action seuences Bond battles a

  7. says:

    Why do all the men wear moustaches? asked Bond ignoring Drax's uestion Again he had the impression that his uestion had nettled the other manDrax gave one of his short barking laughs My idea he said They're diffi

  8. says:

    A good James Bond novelIan Fleming first published Moonraker in 1955 and it is the third book featuring his master spy 007 Oddly set in England Bond is almost always sent out of country due to jurisdictional procedures this features an erstwhile British rocket project with some loyalty issues Bond takes a lead from M and then in classic Bond fashion gets in to a lot than he bargained forI will need to revisit the 1979 Lewis Gilbert film sta

  9. says:

    I have to say MOONRAKER didn’t have as much action as either of the two previous Bond novels At least at the beginning any

  10. says:

    So far I've given the Bond books I've reviewed 3 stars They walk a sort of thin line They seem to appeal to younger males but have slightly adult content though in todays market they might be thought a bit tamer than they were when published They are enjoyable straight adventure yarns and may deserve a 35 at least one will get a 4 They're good books just not as good as some othersIn this one James saves England's missile program

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