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Preview — Moonraker by Ian Fleming
Moonraker (James Bond (Original Series) #3)
Moonraker, Britain's new ICBM-based national defense system, is ready for testing, but something's not quite right. At M's request, Bond begins his investigation with Sir Hugo Drax, the leading card shark at M's club, who is also the head of the Moonraker project. But once Bond delves deeper into the goings-on at the Moonraker base, he discovers that both the project and i...more
Yes, again I'm rating the 1979 movie, not the 1954 book. Get over it.
The pre-credits sequence 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.
I know it’s too much to ask (and it’s ...more
James Bond is going about his normal life as a Double 0 Operative. And I really mean normal! He reads boring reports and goes to the shooting range. Then, he's called into M's office. He and M discuss a man who's a current English celebrity: Sir Hugo Drax. A very rich man who has invested tons of money into creating a Moonraker, a large rocket/thing ...more
This was the best Bond I’ve read to date (admittedly, it is only my 3rd) with the book split into three parts and each one having a different feel to them. The action is toned down compared to what some would expect from Bond and there was no action in space – not once did Bond go Pew Pew, which I’m pretty sure he did in the film.
First things first, my approach to all the Bond books will be tainted by the films. With “Live and Let Die” I knew the film well and enjoyed it – the book less so ...more
What you know are to become key elements of the ...more
Although she is called Gala Brand, and they do survive a cliff falling on them, so it does maintain a certain level of ridiculousness I expect from Bond.
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A mysterious businessman has announced plans to build a missile that will ensure Britain’s defences. He is prepared to finance the project himself as a kind of gift to the nation. The rocker, known as the Moonraker, will be able to reach any city in Europe (which in 1955 made it a super-weapon).
Sir Hugo Drax is very ...more
The novel takes place entirely in England, with lots of scenes detailing Bond's office, his routine when he isn't on assignment, etc, that was kind of interesting. Furthermore, I was quite amused that the suspicion directed at the antagonist b ...more
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Reading these books really takes me back. Bridge plays a big part of this story for the first third of the book. I suspect most folks under 40 know little or nothing of the game these days. It was prominent here for it was prominent then. I have forgotten the movie version, but I imagine the g ...more
The first of these is that 'Moonraker' frees itself of the difficult and entirely non-political correctness off 'Live and Let Die,' and in that sense becomes a much easier book to read. The first one hundred pages of its predecessor make you squirm at the language, but that is not the case here.
Secondly, 'Moonraker' is t ...more
The book begins oddly enough with Bond's superior, M - slightly embarrassed to have to approach what is, essentially, an employee for assistance - asking Bond to accompany him to his gentleman's club one night. Some rotter might be cheating at cards. But because said rotter is Sir Hugo Drax - national hero - it would per ...more
Being far removed from the 1950s, I cannot understand the constant fear and anxiety felt by the threat of a nuclear attack. From what history shows, the threat was reen ...more
In the third novel about the character, James Bond is asked by his superior, M, to catch a popular national hero named Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards at a popular gentlemen’s club in London. His initial success leads to a special mission where he operates outside of MI6’s normal boundaries and investigating possibilities of sabotage and betrayal surrounding the testing of the Moonraker nuclear missile- a project that has been funded and led by none other than Sir Hugo himself.
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If you are only familiar with the movie, then you be tempted to skip over Ian Fleming's Moonraker, the third James Bond novel. The movie deals with James Bond discovering Hugo Drax's secret plot of taking over space and then thwarting that plan with the help of the mysteriously named Dr. Goodhead. Along the way, Bond fights the evil Jaws and has a bunch of kooky adventures and discovers laser beams.
i just finished the audiobook MoonRaker by Ian Fleming (cant find the book in any book store i have looked in) it was a great book. Bond is back in the 3rd book in the series, the basic plot is, the Moonraker is being built by a man by the name of Sir Hugo Drax he put up the money to build the Moonraker but hes a bit of a bad egg. He enjoys card games and fast cars and also he enjoys being very wealthy enjoys it very much.
Sir Hugo Drax meets Bond over a card game and Bond finds Drax isn't th ...more
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two ...more