Moonraker

Moonraker

by Ian Fleming

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Overview

As the super patriot and war veteran who’s bankrolling Britain’s top-secret Moonraker rocket program, Sir Hugo Drax should be above reproach. But there’s more to this enigmatic millionaire than he lets on. When M suspects Drax of cheating at cards in an exclusive gentleman’s club, he sends Bond in to investigate. But exposing the deception only enrages Drax—and now 007 must outwit an angry man with the power to loose a nuclear warhead on London.

The mysterious death of the head of security at Drax’s missile base gives Bond the perfect opportunity to go undercover to find out the secret agenda of the supposed British war hero. With the help of another agent, the lustrous Gala Brand, 007 learns the truth about Drax’s battle scars, his wartime allegiances—and his murderous plans for the deployment of Moonraker.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185453
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 93,843
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ian Lancaster Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels.

During his writing career, Fleming produced twelve Bond novels and several short stories featuring his super spy. Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. He saw his famed character brought to life on the big screen in 1962's Dr. No with Sean Connery as James Bond. With the help of producer Cubby Broccoli, Fleming's creation became the central figure in one of the longest run film franchises in movie history. He later wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a story about a magical car, to entertain his son.

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Moonraker (James Bond Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
jphilbrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
my first bond novel, and very entertaining. would have been more so, perhaps, had i not read another goodreads review which spoiled the reveal in its first sentence. alas!
clark.hallman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fleming published Moonraker, the third James Bond book, in 1955. Like the other 007 books, Bond is portrayed as a very competitive, resourceful, adventurous, dedicated, and violent British secret agent. Of course his love of fine cars (especially his Bentley) and beautiful women (in this case an undercover agent for Scotland Yard with whom he shares several life-threatening and a few sensuous hours). The book begins not with an official case, but with M asking Bond for a personal favor. He asked him to determine if a wealthy industrialist, Hugo Drax, was cheating at bridge in the renowned gentleman's club to which M belonged. Of course Bond accepts the challenge and uses his own considerably unsavory card skills, reminiscent of Casino Royale, to determine that Drax was definitely cheating and to take a large sum of money from Drax. In addition to cheating at cards, Drax was an extremely wealthy and internationally know industrialist who was helping the British government develop Moonraker, a missile that would almost guarantee the security of the nation. When the government security officer at the missile site is murdered, M surprisingly assigns Bond to the case. Normally, Secret Service agents work only outside the United Kingdom, but this assignment unfolds completely within England a few hours drive from London. Drax turns out to be a German spy who plans to used Moonraker to attack London. The technology described in this book was certainly not comparable to today's systems. It also does not equal the sophistication of the technology depicted in the 1979 Moonraker movie, which had a much different plot and included outer space. However, I found the technology to be satisfying. Overall, I found this Flemming tale to be exciting, suspenseful and very entertaining. It even showed Bond to be somewhat emotionally vulnerable at times especially in his relationship with his beautiful undercover colleague.
LouieLouie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flemings third 007 novel was published in 1955 and was the first one that had virtually nothing to do with the subsequent film from 1979. Only the title and the name of the villain remains.The story itself has the usual intrigue, but seemed to move much more slowly than the previous two adventures.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A slow start with a Bondian ending. Taking place over a few days Bond is thoroughly beaten and bloodied but still manages to save London. Much less cartoonish than the movies Fleming impresses with the insights to Bond's emotional self. He is an actual human. And in this one he doesn't get the girl.
brettjames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While there are many Bond books that will highlight the differences between the books and the movies, this one is also a fairly good read, with tight action scenes and a hint of mystery. Unfortunately, Fleming's penchant for long descriptions of uninteresting events is starting to take hold here.
girlwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the book is best. Suspense based on a bridge game! Excellent.
saroz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the most notable thing about this installment of the James Bond thrillers is that almost no part has been used in the famous film series; the 1979 picture employs the title, the name of the villain and his rocket, but otherwise there are actually more (if fleeting) similarities to be found in the 2002 entry "Die Another Day." With that in mind, one would expect this to be a purely forgettable pulp novel with few redeeming qualities. Yet, in reality, the reverse is actually true.Although the bridge showdown of "Moonraker" lacks the tension of the baccarat in "Casino Royale," the two sequences do share Fleming's skill with pacing, and the scheme of Bond infiltrating Drax's rocket project is both more believable and more cohesive than either previous novel. The scope of the novel is simply smaller; there are no exotic settings, no mad bombers, and no pet sharks, all of which keeps Bond grounded a little bit more firmly in reality. As usual, it all starts to drag a bit once Bond sets his eye on the girl of the piece, undercover policewoman Gala Brand, but even then there are some very fine adventure set pieces during the countdown to the rocket launch. Plus, the sexism is held relatively in check, with most of Fleming's narrative sneer reserved for the Germans - a reasonable enough target in 1950s Britain.
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bond takes on Hugo Drax, a seemingly self-made Brit who was severly wounded during WW2 and returned to England to make his fortune and ultimately build an intra-contenetal missel that will protect Great Britain from the Russians. Unbeknownst to everyone, he is really an ex-Nazi spy working for Russia with plans to direct the missel to London with nuclear warhead affixed. Of course, Bond foils his plans with the help of beautiful Gala Brand. Memorable scenes include Bond beatig the cheating Drax at bridge for very large stakes. Also, the end where Gala leaves bond to join her fiancee...Bond assumed she would leave with him to convelesce. Showed a human side to bond and the down side of a job like his. Overall, Fleming is a master at pacing and delivering the cooler-than-thou Bond. He way more human and likable in the books than the action-hero bond of films. Pity they can't remake the films to be more like the books. Restrained and genteel action, and the hero doesn't always get the girl.
andy475uk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely cracking read which makes the movie version seem like a weak and pale competitor. Some great scenes including a card game battle that is a rival for the famous golf match in Goldfinger, a deadly speed race along coast roads and a great little twist at the end. Fabulous stuff.....
alaskayo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For half the novel, I expected this could possibly be my new favorite Bond. But NO! sir. Moonraker, the third Bond book published in 3 years (1955), keeps Bond in London for the duration of the novel, starting with M asking about his little vacation with the now-gone babe, Solitaire, before enlisting Bond's help to go investigate the country's strangely-scarred and eccentric-in-appearance Sir Hugo Drax (wow! what a cool name!), who M suspects of cheating of cards at the fancy Blades club. And he's right. I enjoyed the return to the card-game suspense of Casino Royale in the first chunk of the book. I loved it, in fact. Might be my favorite part of the book: the game itself and the introduction of Drax, who seems a very fascinating character. Why would he, the richest (or near) man in the country, need to cheat at a small-time (for him) game of cards? over and over and over? every night? WHY!? (Interesting Note of Absolutely No Importance: The famous words "Bond, James Bond" are uttered for the first time at the beginning of this card game, but by M as he introduces Bond to the group.) No one, including Bond, wants to get Drax in trouble, they'd much rather give him the hint they know he's cheating by beating his arse at the game, because he's funding a superweapon called Moonraker for the country's defenses, which would provide them with the most powerful rocket in the world, so one would dare tempt England's using it.After the game, Bond is set up to take over the job of a murdered man on the Moonraker project to investigate Drax a little further, and here's where things started going wrong for me. Once the army of German scientists working on Moonraker are introduced, one can't help but guess the entire rest of the story: (SPOILER) Hugo Drax is obviously a secret Nazi using a group of 50 Nazi scientists to build the Moonraker to destroy England or America, or something similar.(END SPOILER--not really, the spoilers continue through this paragraph). I just about got it perfect. I find Nazis to be very tired villains in post-war fiction that takes place in the post-war world. Stuff like Marathon Man from the author of the great Princess Bride or King's disgustingly stupid novella Apt Pupil just suck. It seems to be difficult to create a 3-dimensional Nazi villain, and very very very luckily Fleming succeeded with Hugo Drax, whom I don't expect to ever see topped. But it's only with Drax that he managed to succeed. All of Drax's henchmen are among the worst examples of sadistic and flat Nazi characters desperate to torture any non-German they can and spurt out "mein kapitan!" as often as possible. So besides that particular story choice, or at least the flat henchmen, especially Krebs, I loved the novel, including the thrilling ending (when Bond and this novel's Bond girl, Gala[tea] Brand, are forced to face the STEAM! provided one of my favorite moments from any Bond book)Another interesting and pointless spoiler fact: Gala Brand is the first (only?--I've only read 4!) Bond girl to actually turn Bond down and force him to spend his vacation alone. Turns out she was getting married the whole time! Gasp!F.V.: 75%[598]
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Bond novel had 007 staying at home in an unusual twist of events. I liked the premise, but the book fell flat in the middle before picking up again. The first bit was good, as was the last, but in between was lacking. I did love Hugo Drax though - he made everything quite interesting.
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e007bond1016 More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the movie. Although it might not be as good as the book Casino Royal, it was still very interesting and a very good read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was wondering if it was possible to get this book back on the nook. I bought the first two for the nook and loved them and now they are gone, I would definitely still buy them if it were still possible. Please put them back on here
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
I have to say MOONRAKER didn’t have as much action as either of the two previous James 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 occurrence. I 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 character. Bond 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 more interesting, even if said girl (Gala) does notice his ample charm. And he, in turn, notices his abundant curves. Yes, these novels might be called fluff, but like Bond, these novels hold a sophisticated air and charm that isn’t easily quantifiable, and that’s what makes them so gosh darn entertaining. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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MTUCivil04 More than 1 year ago
This one fell flatter than previous two Bond novels-however it has its interesting points with conspiracy and the potential of nuclear fallout in London. Although book not as good as Casino Royale or Live and Let Die, it is MUCH BETTER than the crappy movie, Moonraker, which has nothing to do with this book, besides the title and the character names of Drax and Bond.
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Victor24 More than 1 year ago
I have only read the first three Bond books (Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker), but each of them is fast paced and exciting, written in a fluid style that puts you in the action. Moonraker is probably the best of the first three, though the climax leaves a little to be desired.

Hugo Drax is a hero in Britain. He is constructing a new missile which he dubs Moonraker that will reach every capital in Europe and usher in a new age of security in the Cold War. But M is suspicious and sends 007 to try and sniff out anything fishy at the construction site. Acting as Drax's security chief, Bond and an inside spy working within Drax's organization find out that the Moonraker project is not all it seems to be.