London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition. First impression, second state binding without the gilt gun to the upper board. A Near Fine copy in like, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket with some tape-stains at the spine ends, visible on the verso. Contemporary gift inscription on the verso of the front free end paper.
Published a year after Ian Fleming’s death, The Man with the Golden Gun is the final James Bond novel written by its original creator. Fleming’s health rapidly decreased while writing the book and though he finished a draft of the novel in 1964, he never fully re-worked it. After Fleming's death, the novel was published in the U.K. and then serialized in The Daily Express and Playboy. Ironically, in this novel, Bond is presumed dead before returning to London. He's been brainwashed by the Soviet Union and attempts to assassinate “M.” After regaining his senses, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to assassinate Francisco Scaramanga, known as “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4683)