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The Man With the Golden Gun
Illustrated by Fay Dalton
Ian Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun sees the world’s greatest super spy tackle a deadly assassin. The latest adventure in the Folio Bond series is illustrated by Fay Dalton.
‘A gory, glittering saga … the James Bond spirit soars on.’
- New York Times
The latest volume in the enormously popular Folio Bond collection is also the last full-length adventure for the world’s favourite super spy. Still reeling from the events in You Only Live Twice, Bond must eliminate a world-class assassin, the lethal ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga: a man as cold as the metal his gun is forged from. For The Man with the Golden Gun, Fay Dalton returns with her incomparable vision of Bond and his glamorous, deadly and action-packed world. This gorgeous edition features seven full-colour illustrations, a pictorial slipcase and a binding inspired by Bond’s own impeccable suits. The next adventure in the James Bond collection is an unmissable volume for fans and collectors alike.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Miller Text with Folio Bold Condensed as display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
9˝ x 6¼˝
‘“Mister, there’s something quite extra about the smell of death. Care to try it?” He held out the glittering gun as if he was offering James Bond a rose.’
- from The Man with the Golden Gun
Captured by the KGB and brainwashed into making an assassination attempt on his own commander, James Bond is a shadow of his former self. However, M. is reluctant to consign Bond to the list of agents lost to enemy action. When his mind is set free of insidious Russian influences, Bond is sent after Francisco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga, a lethal assassin with a penchant for flashy hardware: the former circus performer’s signature weapon is a gold-plated Colt .45. As the sadistic murderer responsible for the deaths of many of Bond’s fellow agents, Scaramanga must be put down like the animal he is – but the man is no fool. To get close to his target Bond must infiltrate Scaramanga’s closest confidants, or risk being on the end of a lethal golden bullet.
Written while Fleming was very ill and published eight months after his death, The Man with the Golden Gun sees Bond once again faced with his own mortality; yet, being Bond, he faces the possibility of his own end head on, taking risks and repeatedly snatching victory from the jaws of certain death. Perhaps fittingly for the last Bond novel, Fleming sets this adventure in his beloved Jamaica. The lavish descriptions of exotic locations have always been one of the highlights of the series, and Fleming’s portrayal of Jamaica is especially evocative. The beachside bars, the dusty inland towns and the dangerous mangrove swamps are all alive with the hum of insects and the scent of rum.
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