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James Bond in print – revisiting The Folio Society’s Ian Fleming collection

Moonraker (1955)

The Folio Society James Bond
Moonraker: © 2017 Fay Dalton

The third Fleming novel returned to the theme of the first – gambling. Bond plays bridge against the villain of the piece, Sir Hugo Drax, who cheats using a mirrored surface. Four years later, another famous villain, Auric Goldfinger, would also cheat at cards. To an English gentleman like Fleming, there was no more obviously caddish behaviour than a bad sport. Fleming struggled to coin a good title for this one, circling around ‘The Infernal Machine’, ‘Wide of the Mark’ and ‘The Inhuman Element’ before settling upon the pithier single-word title. From a personal perspective, I was delighted to read that, during a car chase with Drax, Bond hares through Swanley, my home town. In the early books, Bond drives a Bentley. This would later change after the influence of the movies. Buy The Folio Society’s edition of Ian Fleming’s ‘Moonraker‘.

Greg Jameson
Greg Jameson
Book editor, with an interest in cult TV.

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