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Moonraker - Centenary EditionMoonrakerMoonraker - Modern Day Classics

Date Published: 1955

Original summary of the plot

It was Monday and a routine day for James Bond in the quiet office at the headquarters of the Secret Service. Idly he ticked off his number - 007- on the charge sheets of the Top Secret files that had come in over the week-end. He was bored. Mondays were hell.

Then, suddenly, the red telephone screamed in the quiet room. 'M wants you.' And Bond walked out of his office and into the assignment that was to put even his adventures in France (Casino Royale) and Harlem and Jamaica (Live and Let Die) in the shade.

And yet what was to happen to him was to happen out of the clear blue skies of early summer, here, in England. As it might have been yesterday. Or, as it might be, some dreadful tomorrow.
Plot Summary from the original jacket copy of the Jonathan Cape edition

Current Summary of the Plot

At M's request, Bond has gone up against Sir Hugo Drax at the card table, on a mission to teach the millionaire and head of the Moonraker project a lesson he won't forget, and prevent a scandal engulfing Britain's latest defence system. But there is more to the mysterious Drax than simply cheating at cards. And once Bond delves deeper into goings-on at the Moonraker base he discovers that both the project and its leader are something other than they pretend to be...
Plot Summary adapted from the current Penguin edition

The Girl: Gala Brand

The Villain: Sir Hugo Drax

Location: Kent, UK

Title used for film: 1979

James Bond played by Roger Moore

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