If you try to assassinate your boss – even though brainwashed at the time – you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond is sent to kill one of the most lethal hitmen in the world… Paco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga.
In the sultry heat of Jamaica, 007 infiltrates his target’s criminal cooperative – only to find that Scaramanga’s bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Sir Kenneth Branagh is one of the UK’s most successful actors and directors in film, TV and theatre. In addition to his acclaimed cinema adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, he has also directed and/or acted in films such as My Week with Marilyn, Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He has had huge TV success with his BAFTA-winning portrayal of Wallander and has received five Academy Award nominations in five different categories.
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Great reading of a great book. Mr Branagh does a great job of narrating the story and playing every one's favourite secret agent James Bond. A word of warning to fans of the movies that aren't familiar with the books - the character is harsher with less humour and few wisecracks.... Also the story in this book is very different to the movie - no nick nack or Thailand but a very good story none the less! Very well recommended!!!!
"Gritty James Bond"
The book has little in common with the film except a man with a golden gun. This version takes place almost entirely in 1 hotel. Leaving only for a thrilling finale on a train. Kenneth Branagh reads the story well as Bond moves from one gruesome killing to the next. Felix Lighter turns up to represent the CIA and takes a bullet for the team.
"Scaramanga - what a character"
Brannagh does Scaramanga perfectly - his Bond voice needs improving though - excellent drive time listening
"better than you might think"
a much better story than I was expecting. bond has more depth of character and the plot is now that predictable
"Bond - Need I say more?"
No, but equally as good
would'nt like to give a spoiler!
Its Kenneth Brannagh!
I didn't expect to enjoy this being the last Fleming novel, but I did. Don't expect it to be like the movie though as its completely different!
"The Man with the Golden Gun"
An absolutely brilliant introduction to the novels of James Bond for me. Kenneth Branagh is exceptional, as always, and brings the whole text to life with it's own distinct feeling; completely devoid and separate to the film series.
"Final in the Bond Canon"
A fantastic opening premise with Bond brainwashed, which isn’t really followed up at all. Scaramango is not really a worthy opponent in this final of the Fleming novels. However, it was nice to have a few nods to the past.
Branagh does a fair job with the narration, which sells the story.
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