Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Moonraker" by Ian Fleming

Penguin 2003 (Orig. 1955)

It was the beginning of a typical routine day for Bond.  It was only two or three times a year than an assignment came along requiring his particular abilities. For the rest of the year he had the duties of an easy-going senior civil servant . . . .

The first part of Moonraker gives us a glimpse into an ordinary day at the office for Bond.  The films would leave us to believe that there is no such thing.  Rather, Moonraker explains most of Bond’s time is spent in the office reading boring intelligence briefs, followed by cards or cocktails in the evenings and high stakes golf on the weekends.

M breaks Bond out of one of these routine office days with a curious question about an English celebrity, Sir Hugo Drax.    Drax is very wealthy and a war hero.  After the war he made a fortune in metals trading.  Now he is on the cusp of becoming an immortal British hero, having developed a super atomic rocket with a range to cover all the major capitals of Europe, the Moonraker.  Despite Drax's success, M is troubled about a recent discovery:   

“That’s about it,” he said slowly. “I don’t’ know much more than you do. A wonderful story. Extraordinary man.” He paused, reflecting. “There’s only one thing . . .” M tapped the stem of his pipe against his teeth. “What’s that sir?” asked Bond. M seemed to make up his mind. He looked across at Bond. “Sir Hugo Drax cheats at cards.”

Turns out Drax has been playing high stakes bridge at M’s club, Blades and has been on a very unlikely streak of luck. M enlists Bond and his card skills to find out how Drax is cheating.  Nobody can understand why a man in Drax’s position would risk ruining his reputation through card sharping at one of London’s most exclusive clubs.  A most entertaining evening at Blades ensues.  The card battle equals or bests the baccarat battle in Casino Royale

Soon Bond finds himself with a huge wad of cash won from Drax and a new assignment to examine the security arrangements at the Moonraker site.  Bond, along with a beautiful Scotland Yard agent, Gala Brand, soon discovers that everything is not as it seems on the Moonraker project. 

Moonraker deservedly is a favorite of many Bond enthusiasts.  It drags just a bit during Bond’s initial days at the Moonraker site, but picks up quickly and keeps taut right through to the fantastic finale.  It would have made a great film, too bad those in charge of Moonraker the film decided to try to cash in on the Star Wars craze instead of sticking to Fleming’s great story.

29 comments:

  1. whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your posts. Stay up the great paintings! You recognize, many persons are hunting round for this info, you can aid them greatly. Just visit Bliss Hosting for the best hosting services.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelingsthrough your blog!..
    run 3

    ReplyDelete
  3. cara menggugurkan kandungan dengan cepat dan akurat terbukti ampuh untuk melunturkan janin kehamilan muda 1 minggu hingga 1 , 2 , 3 dan 4 bulan
    obat penggugur kandungan adalah suatu bentuk proses berakhirnya kehamilan dengan dikeluarkannya janin ( fetus ) atau embrio sebelum memiliki kemampuan untuk berkembang dan bertahan hidup diluar rahim , sehingga bisa menyebabkan kematiannya pada janin
    Disini akan kami beritahukan kepada Anda langkah cara cepat menggugurkan kandungan dengan cepat dan selamat adalah KURET dan obat aborsi
    Kunyit memang tidak di baik di konsumsi oleh ibu hamil yang sedang hamil muda sehubungan dengan sifatnya untuk melancarkan haid , dan di percayai sebagai obat telat datang bulan
    jual obat aborsi paling manjur Misiprostol Cytotec asli terbukti ampuh melunturkan janin kuat tanpa kuret dengan bersih untuk usia 1 , 2 , 3 sampai 4 bulan dengan aman

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wonderful post. you have shared the great article. It is so impressive and many information share with you .thank u for sharing the great article. Visit game sims 4 cheats in happy island living launch week.

    ReplyDelete

  5. Shehnaz Gill TikTok Viral Video: These days a video of Shehnaz Gill (Shehnaz Gill) on TikTok is becoming quite viral. In this video, Shahnaz's friend is calling him Chinese, to which the actress responds in a very funny way. This video has been viewed more than 66 lakh times so far. Let me tell you, Shehnaz Gill is a singer of Punjab and she is also a contestant of Bigg Boss 13.
    Read more - https://www.dainiktimes.com/

    ReplyDelete


  6. We are able to handle a range of clients from around the Globe. All you need to do is contact us as soon as you are faced with a problem on your PC.
    antivirus helpline number
    bitdefender customer care number
    comodo customer care number
    nortan customer care number

    ReplyDelete
  7. Good! These terrific subject material, it makes sense and I have found interesting things here
    Gamebug|run-3|Dig-it|Tower-make|primary-math

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ever thought of getting financially free in your life?
    .
    There are so many options available in the market which will promise you to become financially free. However, they aren't ethical ways to get to the destination.
    .
    Well, you can get financially free in your life by playing games on UFABET and win big prizes. Visit the link and register and start gambling on your favorite sports like Football, Volleyball, and more.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Syncetech is one of the websites which comes out with the freshly brewed content about PC, Windows, How-To’s, Fixes, and much more.
    .
    Syncetech comes with a clear goal of offering the best of everything. They offer solution oriented guides like fix error, how to, windows fix, windows error, and many more.
    .
    The mission of Syncetech is to provide every possible information related to Tech. You can visit the site.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Are you looking for the Best Gaming laptop in India?
    .
    Well, nowadays gaming is quite popular in India and people started getting fame becoming gamer.
    .
    We have found one of the platforms which helps you to choose Best Laptop for Gaming in India. BestGamingLaptop covers newly launched Laptop and Buying Guide on Laptop.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Are you looking for Black Friday VPN Deals?
    .
    Well, VPN or Virtual Private Network lets you do a internet surfing which is not tracked by your Internet Service Provider or ISP.
    .
    Now, VPN’s like ExpressVPN, TunnelBear, NordVPN are some of the best in business. However, the price of these services are quite expensive. Here is the VPN Black Friday Deals for you.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looking for the Best Gadgets Reviews, Buying Guide for products and Latest Price?
    .
    Check out NiamIndia for latest gadgets reviews and many more.

    ReplyDelete