Who wrote this book and when?
Ian Fleming published this in 1955.

Has there been a film version?
Yes, but like most Bond movies (with the almost exception of Casino Royale), it is completely different from the book.

Who are the important characters?
James Bond “007” – an agent for the British government who usually isn’t assigned to jobs in his homeland, the Moonraker mission is an exception
Gala Brand – an undercover Scotland Yard police woman working as a secretary for Hugo Drax on the Moonraker project
Sir Hugo Drax – a brilliant scientist and entrepreneur working on the Moonraker rocket, the most high-tech rocket of the day
Krebs – a suspicious man working for Drax

What’s it about?
When M asks Bond to look into a cheat at the men’s club “Blades,” 007 finds much more than he bargained for. Sir Hugo Drax is a multimillionaire with a long winning streak and no need for extra money. When Bond “outcheats” Drax, a grudge is formed. A few days after this incident, the chief of security on the Moonraker rocket project is murdered. Bond is elected to replace the man and find out what he knew that caused his death. And of course, there’s a beautiful woman involved as well. Gala Brand is working undercover as the secretary to the head of Moonraker project; who is – of course – Drax. Unsure whether or not Drax is actually doing something wrong, but still Bond’s spidey sense is tingling, 007 and Gala try to find out what’s really going on. And when a plot to destroy London is uncovered, the two must find a way to put a stop to it.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
Mainly because of the icon of James Bond.

Do you recommend I read this book?
No. It drags. There are better Bond books out there for you to read.

How did this book make your list?
I want to read at least all of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels.

Has it won any awards?
Negative.

Favorite quotes:
“Bond smiled to himself as he walked to the foot of the iron stairway and started to climb. That innocent, desirable girl, he reminded himself, is an extremely efficient policewoman. She knows how to kick, and where; she can break my arm probably more easily and quickly than I can break hers, and at least half of her belongs to the Special Branch of Scotland Yard. Of course, he reflected, looking down just in time to see her follow Dr. Walter into Drax’s office, there is always the other half.” – p 126

Anything else?
The movie of this book is absolutely ridiculous. Even for a 007 movie.

Personal thoughts:
This book has been the most disjointed Bond book I’ve read to date. Granted, I’ve only read three. The whole novel I was a little irritated that I knew Drax was the bad guy but the plot continued like we don’t know who the ubervillain is. Come on. I’m not that stupid. Anyway. I thought the underlying plot of revenge was a little predictable but still entertaining – and for once, it was nice that Bond didn’t get the girl. Of course, in the books, Bond rarely gets the girl. Which is unlike the movies completely. Also, the abundance of techspeak in this book kind of threw me for a loop. I don’t know enough about rockets to appreciate all the intricate details of the Moonraker missile/rocket – so I could have been spared the three or four pages on it’s workings.

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