Title: Moonraker Author: Fleming, Ian [Ian Lancaster] () Date of first publication: Date first posted: 16 August Date last updated: 21 August. But once Bond delves deeper into the goings-on at the Moonraker base, he discovers that both the project Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May – 12 August ) was an English author, journalist and naval PDF (tablet), bernasungueta.tk Moonraker is the third novel by the British author Ian Fleming to feature his fictional British Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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Ian Fleming, James Bond, and the Question of England CHRISTINE .. 25Ian Fleming, Moonraker (), in Ian Fleming's James Bond: Moonraker; From. 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. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. "Ian Fleming was born in London on May 28, He was educated at Eton College and later spent a formative period.
Moonraker (James Bond #3)
It's Fleming's third book, written in , called Moonraker. The movie of the same name may call up some of the silliest images in the franchise's history — such as Roger Moore in a spacesuit fighting Bond's s movie enemy Jaws outside the "Moonraker" space station in not-very-convincing zero-G.
But this only germinated as an idea in the summer of , when Bond movie svengali Albert "Cubby" Broccoli decided to put off production of For Your Eyes Only to ride the sudden wave of interest in outer space epics. In the novel, Moonraker is a rocket being constructed for the British government by Hugo Drax.
Only the name was appropriated for the movie villain, not his particulars. Drax is a World War II veteran who supposedly suffered a bout of amnesia and required plastic surgery before returning home and becoming, out of nowhere, a precious metals entrepreneur. The Moonraker is appealing to the UK because it has the range and precision to strike at "any European capital" ie.
Moscow , thereby acting as deterrence against any nuclear bombing. There's so much to unpack in the assumptions here. Reading between the lines, we can see an England terrified by the Cold War, befuddled by its sudden loss of power on the world stage, grasping at anything that might make it one of the "Big Three" again.
Indeed, in real life, the government would go so far as to fake hydrogen bomb tests in , so concerned was it with appearing to be a first-rate power. We also see a world that hasn't yet heard of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; the first one would also be tested in Drax, of course, is not all he appears to be; there's a secret identity behind the ugly plastic surgery.
Fleming villains had to be ugly. And the supposed savior of Britain, the Moonraker, turns out to be a dastardly plot to destroy London. Nuclear safety melts into nuclear nightmare; it's like Fleming could see the next 33 years of Cold War history, even if he didn't believe the Cold War would last more than a year or two.
But what's truly, unintentionally hilarious about this is what gives Drax's villainy away to the British establishment: He and Bond's boss M. The bounder! Bond, who became a card sharp in Casino Royale, is deputized to flush him out. And so begins one of the more interesting games of Bridge in literature.
It's interesting less for the card game — which is described like a lot of Fleming's obsessions, in loving detail — than for the bets that pile up. Rather than staying naturally suave as he might in the movies, Bond downs a vast quantity of vodka, eats a rich meal, then takes a dose of Benzadrine with a bottle of champagne.
His cunning plan is to appear drunk in front of Drax by actually being drunk — but also to trust that the Benzadrine will perk him up enough that he can out-cheat Drax. It is to Fleming's credit that Bond is not entirely superhuman here, and regrets mixing his drugs and booze.
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Indeed, this is the least superhuman Bond to appear in all the books; we see him reading his way through reports in a three-person office shared with two absent double-0 numbers.
He likes cars and lunch and gambling and, we are told in one throwaway sentence, "making love with rather cold passion to one of three similarly disposed married women. He doesn't even get the girl.
Call it the Mad Men of Bond books. She's a special branch officer posing as Drax's secretary.
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It's interesting to see her get the better of Bond, and to find him frustrated when his usual moves don't work: "He felt a strong urge to give her a sharp kick on the ankle.
The real Bond girl here is the Moonraker rocket itself. My favourite character: Donovan Grant - played by Robert Shaw in the film - an assassin so deranged he has to be locked up when there's a full moon.
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Moonraker, Ian Fleming, 1955
This is my favourite Bond novel. At pages, it's also the longest book and contains everything we love about Bond. An agoraphobic villain with a plan to raid Fort Knox, assisted by a mute Korean side-kick with a steel-rimmed bowler hat who eventually gets sucked out of the window of a plane. How much more demented can you get?
It also has the greatest Bond girl of all in Pussy Galore and I couldn't have been more pleased when the Ian Fleming estate gave me permission to bring her back.
Colonel Sun, Robert Markham, Straying now into the world of the so-called continuation novels, this one in fact by Kingsley Amis writing under a pseudonym is often considered to be the best. The story begins with a superbly realized chapter in which M is kidnapped while Bond just manages to escape and is subsequently sent to Greece to track his boss down. Colonel Sun of the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army is a terrific villain although the torture scene at the end of the book may be a touch too sadistic.
I'm surprised they've never filmed it.
It has a very good title too. Young Bond, Charlie Higson, various And one for the children.
In , the Ian Fleming Estate launched a series of books featuring James Bond as an Eton schoolboy set in the 's. It could have been an embarrassment but Higson - a surprising choice - is a lifelong Bond fan and perfectly caught the voice of Fleming's originals.Then, in , Horace Walpole wrote: 'A new club is opened off St James's Street that piques itself in surpassing all its predecessors' and in 'Blades' first occurs in a letter from Gibbon, the historian, who coupled it with the name of its founder, a German called Longchamp at that time conducting the Jockey Club at Newmarket.
He reached for his glass of champagne and tipped the powder into it. It's a world of endless lunches with the chief of staff, followed by caviar at the Blades club; a world where Bond starts to sniff out the Nazi nastiness at the heart of the Moonraker project because he notices that every man at the site wears an "obscene" mustache.
Suddenly he saw that this ridiculous game might end in a very nasty mess. It was always very quiet on the ninth floor.