Fleming, Ian. The Man with the Golden Gun. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition, second state. Octavo, in original dust jacket with custom gilt embossed slipcase.
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 a dangerous assassin, nicknamed after his beloved gold-plated pistol.
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.
Imagined by Ian Fleming in 1953, James Bond is a fictional British spy who works for MI6. Overall, Fleming wrote two short stories and twelve novels featuring the memorable spy. However, Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy were published posthumously. Bond’s character was based off a number of men Fleming had met during his time in the British Naval Intelligence Division and the 30 Assault Unit. Interestingly, Fleming had originally imagined Bond as a relatively boring but handsome man rather than the clever, mysterious agent we are well acquainted with today. Even the name, James Bond, was chosen after an ornithologist Fleming was familiar with because it was one of the most uninteresting names he could think of. After the initial success of his first novel, Casino Royale, Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964.
Overall very good condition. The original black cloth boards with gilt embossing on the spine has very light bumping. Some minor foxing present on the edge of the paper, but otherwise the pages are internally clean and bright. The original decorative dust jacket is in good condition and has undergone conservation. The spine has some sunning and chips along the edges. The inside corners of the jacket have been clipped. Otherwise, no major losses or discoloration and the dust jacket now has a protective Mylar sleeve.
A complementary archival green slipcase decorated with an embossed golden gun has been custom made to protect the book. Dimensions: Book: 7 5/8" H x 5 3/8" W x 1" D. Slipcase: 8" H x 5 ½” W x 1 1/2” D.
Dimensions: 8 ⅛” H x 5 ½” W x 1 ⅝” D (with slipcase)
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