The Man with the Golden Gun, the final James Bond novel, was published after Ian Fleming’s death.
The novel’s presence on the 1965 bestseller list was a memorial tribute from Fleming’s loyal readers.
The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming
New American Library, 1965. 183 pages. 1965 bestseller #7. My grade: C-.
Between the end of the previous novel, You Only Live Twice, and the opening of Golden Gun, Commies brainwash Bond to repudiate capitalism.
Bond tries to assassinate M, who orders Bond re-brainwashed to believe in capitalism again.
M. sends Bond to prove his right-thinking by finding and killing “Pistols” Scaramanga, an entrepreneurial killer putting together a deal linking organized crime and anti-Western governments.
Scaramanga is somewhere in the Caribbean where there are swamps, snakes, alligators, female bodies tied to railroad tracks, swords honed to razor-sharpness, and strippers to entertain after dinner.
As always, Bond is cool, brave, irresistible to women, and smarter than the bad guys, even when he does dumb things, which he does at lot.
Scaramanga, in a Liberace-white suit and cowboy hat, and Hendricks, a KGB agent in a dark wool suit and Homberg, would as soon kill Bond as look at him.
They try, but Bond survives.
Folks who think James Bond is God’s gift to readers will enjoy Golden Gun.
The rest will be glad it’s short.
©2015 Linda G0rton Aragoni