Anatomy of a Book: Moonraker, by Ian Fleming

moonraker coverOn these things he spent all his money and it was his ambition to have as little as possible in his banking account when he was killed, as, when he was depressed, he knew would be, before the statutory age of forty-five. (p. 11)

There are reflections absent from the movies.

‘What do you think of this man Drax?’ he said through a mouthful of buttered toast. (p. 58)

There is consideration absent from the movies.

‘I should spend the money quickly, Commander Bond,’ he said. Then he turned away from the table and walked swiftly out of the room. (p. 87)

There are the threats, the womanising, and the colossal destruction that are in the movies. After all, this is a James Bond novel.

Changing Status:

‘If I may suggest it, sir, the Dom Perignon ’46.’ (p.56) Bond indulges himself in finery, yet his destiny is to have his hansom body broken and strength of will strained.

Also, Drax. ‘…the man’s a national hero.’ (p. 19) But what kind of man is he?

High Stakes:

There has been a murder associated with the launching site of an English defence warhead. The security of England, its people and its economy is dependent on this. Even world war looms.

Page Turner:

The time span is less than one week. Investigations will lead to events.

Believable Characters:

There is patience in the book. Bond will have his emotions tested, as in every book. There are enough real personal responses to events, enough detail in military procedure, and enough science behind the experiments for the high-octane developments to be accepted.


The detail in military procedure may be the main education element. There is also the life of James Bond. Mostly this is an action novel. It is the stakes and solutions that intrigue.


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