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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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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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Knockout

Excellent reading of this James Bond classic. Not been drawn to Branagh as a TV actor but his reading of this book is top notch including his character voices & Bond himself. Respect due. OTOH One minor criticism I have of the Bond books in general is the Texan character Felix Leiter. He's always popping up in the Bond books & Bond & he are supposed to be great mates. Yet there is little in his portrayal to make him seem an interesting character. Nor anything in the dialogue between him and Bond to substantiate the idea that they are real friends. Right, got that off my chest then!

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A dark exposition of life lived at the edge

The screenplay of the film is vastly different from Fleming’s novel and while the film is great fun, the book offers a much darker and deeper insight into the mind of Bond and his opponent. The characterisations are only somewhat overblown and we discover a thoughtful Bond, one who is capable of contemplating his own mortality. In this book he doesn’t just take risks, he manages them. The interplay between himself and Scaramanga is complex and for the reader, enjoyable. Branagh reads wonderfully and I really loved the laid-back menace he brings to Scaramanga’s character.

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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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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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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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not what I expected

the story was good but nothing like the film and not anywhere near as good as the film and with only 1 narrator doing all the voices it made it difficult to keep track of

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The last 007 novel, and easily one of the weakest

This is easily one of the weakest of the Bond novels, vying only with ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (which is nothing like the film) for that dubious honour. Fleming was writing it while extremely unwell and just prior to his death in 1964, and it was published posthumously the following year. And it shows. The beginning of the story is as good as anything in the 007 canon, with an entertaining account of the brainwashed James Bond trying to get back into the Secret Service. But the story declines precipitously the moment Bond leaves the country, and what follows is dull and, even by Bond standards, unbelievable. Kenneth Branagh’s narration, however, is very good.

Only bother with this one if you’re keen to finish the whole canon.

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Excellent

For some reason as I've come to rate and review this title I can only see one star so I've tried to mark it full on each option but not sure if it's worked.

I really enjoyed this book, I thought the beginning with Bond's return was interesting, and although his "recovery" seemed a bit quick I did think it was good that he still had some issues after and it wasn't totally glossed over.

Kenneth Branagh does an excellent job with reading this book. And something I've come to really appreciate is that it is different people for each book, so it always feels fresh and each person brings something different to the characters that return, and bring something of themselves to Bond also.

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  • Diane Reynolds
  • 06-08-20

Better than expected!

I loved the narrator.
He made it more lively.
There was also a lot more depth to the James Bond character in this book than in any of the movies. I think it was a great intro for me to the “real” stories in the books rather than the big movie versions.