The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming, First Edition, 1965

Fleming, Ian. The Man with the Golden Gun. London: Jonathan Cape, (1965). First edition, first printing. Octavo, in full, custom leather binding with decorative gilt spine, gold embossed gun cover, and matching quarter leather clamshell case. 

This is the first edition of Fleming’s final Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun. Published in 1965, the year after the author’s death, the book tracks 007 as he travels to Fleming’s beloved Jamaica to neutralize the assassin of the book’s title.

Because Fleming wrote this Bond adventure while ill—the author "was only able to work on it for one and a half hours a day"—the publisher hired novelist Kingsley Amis to complete and revise it (Black, 75).

The first edition of The Man with the Golden Gun, published in 1965 by Jonathan Cape, London, had a print run of 82,000 copies. The book was made into the 1975 film of the same title starring Roger Moore as Bond, with an all-star cast including Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, and Hervé Villachaize. 

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was an intelligence officer, journalist, and creator of the fictional British Secret service agent James Bond. Beginning in 1939 he served as a liaison between the Navy and the other secret services, where he was privy to the highest levels of intelligence and became known for his creativity in planning operations, work that inspired his later novels.

After the war, Fleming became a journalist and in 1953 published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It was a success, and Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964.


A stunning "one off" Bond collectible. Book is in very good condition. First edition pages. Internally clean and healthy pages, with publisher and title page intact.

The book is bound in full black calf leather, with exquisite marbled endpapers. Spine has gold tooled titles and raised bands; gold tooling also to inside covers. Front has exact replica gold embossed gun, as original. All edges in gilt. Octavo, book measures 7 3/4" H x 5 3/8" W x 1 1/8" D. 

Book is housed in a matching quarter calf clamshell box, with “Bond” embossing onto interior suede lining. The front of the clamshell has a miniature of the original "Man with a Golden Gun" movie poster inlayed. Clamshell measures 9" H x 6 1/2" W x 2" D.

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