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The Man with the Golden Gun (with Interview)

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)
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Summary

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.

©1965 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (P)2013 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. © AudioGO Ltd, 2012. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

Critic reviews

"A gory, glittering saga…the James Bond spirit soars on." ( New York Times)
"Fleming keeps you riveted." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"For those who like to escape to Bondsville, the old boom-town hasn’t changed a scrap." ( Listener)
"Bond and Fleming were fun. They entertained, sometimes mildly, often grandly – but always consistently. Life will be less interesting without them." ( Associated Press)
"The most forceful and driving writer." (Raymond Chandler)

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Excellent audiobook

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!!!!

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  • rick
  • sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 23-12-12

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.

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  • KK
  • 16-10-18

Great listen

Kenneth Branagh narrates this story beautifully with voice characterisation that fit the characters to a T.

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Great Story and really well narrated

Generally I am not a fan of Kenneth Branagh. My image of him is coloured by the egocentric character Gilderoy Lockhart he played in the Harry Potter films and the over the top performance in Dunkirk. However as a narrator of audio books he is in the Stephen Fry class. I have listened to several Bond novels as audiobooks and this is by far the best narration. Branagh is able to seamlessly drop from the neutral observer voice to character voices including the female character Goodnight. Great performance - strongly recommend.

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Short but enjoyable

I listened to this one along with a few other while on Holiday in Nice. In the hottest part of the day when only mad dogs and Englishmen venture out (I am the latter) I filled my time with these books and it was brilliant.

The vivid story telling from Fleming in the man with the Golden Gun invites you in to spectate on a simple but pleasing tale, although hearing about Bond's lifestyle makes me want to start smoking again and drink Champaign for breakfast.

This book is one of the shorter ones in the series but doesn't suffer from it. It is also quite different from the film which meant it was all broadly new to me.

I would recommend this book, a short but satisfying tale.

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Scaramanga - what a character

Brannagh does Scaramanga perfectly - his Bond voice needs improving though - excellent drive time listening

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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

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Bond - Need I say more?

Would you consider the audio edition of The Man with the Golden Gun (with Interview) to be better than the print version?

No, but equally as good

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man with the Golden Gun (with Interview)?

would'nt like to give a spoiler!

What does Kenneth Branagh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Its Kenneth Brannagh!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

neither

Any additional comments?

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!

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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.

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  • Mr
  • Surbiton, United Kingdom
  • 17-12-13

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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