The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond)

By Ian Fleming

Bond could have a license to kill, yet “Pistols” Scaramanga has a expertise for it. He’s a KGB-trained murderer who’s left a path of useless British mystery carrier brokers in his wake. His weapon of selection? A gold-plated Colt .45.

In the aftermath of his brainwashing via the Soviets, Bond is given one final likelihood to win again M’s belief: terminate Scaramanga earlier than he moves MI6 back. touring to Jamaica less than an assumed identify, Bond manages to infiltrate Scaramanga’s association and shortly discovers that the hit man’s legal objectives have multiplied to incorporate arson, drug smuggling, and commercial sabotage. Worst of fascinated about Bond, Scaramanga has a golden bullet inscribed with the numbers 007—and he’s desirous to utilize it.

Under the warmth of the Caribbean solar, Bond faces a doubtless most unlikely activity: win a duel opposed to the guy with the Golden Gun.

The textual content during this variation has been restored via the Fleming kin corporation Ian Fleming guides, to mirror the paintings because it was once initially published.

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Guns? back leaving out the others, Scaramanga had the virtue. The long-barrelled Colt . forty five will be a fragment slower at the draw, yet its size of barrel might provide it extra accuracy than the Walther computerized. price of fireside? The Walther must have the edge—and the 1st empty chamber of Scaramanga’s gun, if it hadn’t been came upon, will be an extra bonus. The regular hand? The cool mind? The sharpness of the lust to kill? How did they weigh up? most likely not anything to settle on at the first . Bond will be a color trigger-happy—of necessity. That he needs to watch. He needs to damp down the dossier in his stomach. Get ice-cold. within the lust to kill, might be he was once the most powerful. after all. He used to be battling for his lifestyles. the opposite guy used to be simply a laugh himself—providing recreation for his buddies, showing his efficiency, displaying off. That used to be reliable! that will be decisive! Bond acknowledged to himself that he needs to bring up the opposite man’s unawareness, his informal certitude, his loss of warning. He needs to be the P. G. Wodehouse Englishman, the limey of the cartoons. He needs to play effortless to take. The adrenalin coursed into James Bond’s bloodstream. His pulse expense started to run a fragment excessive. He felt it on his wrist. He breathed deeply and slowly to deliver it down. He chanced on that he was once sitting ahead, tensed. He sat again and attempted to chill. All of his physique cozy other than his correct hand. This was once within the keep an eye on of somebody else. Resting on his correct thigh, it nonetheless twitched a little every now and then just like the paw of a drowsing puppy chasing rabbits. He positioned it into his coat pocket and watched a turkey buzzard one thousand toes up, circling. He positioned himself into the brain of the loo Crow, looking at out for a squashed toad or a useless bush rat. The circling buzzard had discovered its offal. It got here reduce and decrease. Bond needed it bon appétit. The predator in him wanted the scavenger an exceptional meal. He smiled on the comparability among them. They have been either following a smell. the most distinction used to be that the loo Crow was once a safe fowl. not anyone might shoot again at it whilst it made its ultimate dive. Amused by means of his suggestions, Bond’s correct hand got here out of his pocket and lit a cigarette for him, quietly and obediently. It had stopped going off chasing rabbits by itself. The station used to be an excellent mockup from the Colorado narrow-gauge era—a low development in pale clapboard ornamented with gingerbread alongside its eaves. Its identify, Thunderbird Halt, used to be in old-style decorative kind, seriously seriffed. ads proclaimed bite ROSE LEAF fantastic reduce WARRANTED most interesting VIRGINIA LEAF, TRAINS cease FOR ALL foodstuff, NO exams permitted. The engine, sparkling in black and yellow varnish and polished brass, used to be a gem. It stood, panting quietly within the sunshine, a wisp of black smoke curling up from the tall stack in the back of the massive brass headlight. The engine’s identify, The Belle, was once on a proud brass plate at the sparkling black barrel, and its quantity, No. I, on an analogous plate under the headlight. there has been one carriage, an open affair with padded foam-rubber seats and a surrey roof of daffodil-yellow fringed canvas to maintain off the sunlight, after which the brake van, additionally in black and yellow, with a resplendent gilt-armed chair at the back of the traditional wheel of the brake.

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