My Thoughts on Ian Fleming’s Moonraker

Late last week, I finished my reading of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker.  Moonraker is the third in a series of James Bond books.  In Moonraker 007 is on the case of ensuring the Moonraker missile test run is successful due to a murder at the Moonraker facility.  At the center of the Moonraker project is one Sir Hugo Drax, who has become something of a national hero in Britain and has been knighted for his efforts.

When Bond gets on the job, after a murder of one of Scotland Yards’s agents at the test site, some strings are pulled, and Bond only has three days to ensure that the Moonraker missile test run is successful, and find out who murdered the agent.  What ensues is probably Bond’s best mission to date.  There were quite a few twists and turns for 007 during this book, up to the very end.

I’ve also seen the movie of the same title that stars Roger Moore.  Let’s just say, that Moonraker the movie isn’t up there on my favorite Bond movies, it’s actually near the very bottom, so I was pleasantly surprised that the book was so much better than the movie, and, of course, it was different in so many different areas than the movie.  If the filmmakers had remained a bit more true to the actual book, the movie would’ve been significantly better.

As opposed to the previous two Fleming books I read, this one has to be my favorite right now.  The story was just so much more entertaining than Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.  I actually was surprised when the book ended, as I wasn’t looking forward to the end.  Fleming’s writing definitely isn’t too deep, but it’s definitely a good read for something quick to pass the time.

After my experience with Fleming’s first three Bond books, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue reading this series.  For now, I’m going to take a break and concentrate on other books and revisit this series later on in the year.  If you’ve read Moonraker or any other Bond books, I’d definitely like to get your thoughts on any of the other books in the series!


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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

3 Responses to “My Thoughts on Ian Fleming’s Moonraker”

  1. Moonraker always makes me laugh! A little over the top compared to the other Bond stories.

    If you’ve not read it, you should get John Pearson’s Authorised biography of Bond; it has a very amusing section on Moonraker!

    • Hi Matt,

      Yeah, the story did seem a bit over the top, but that’s ok for escapism fiction in my opinion! Thanks for the suggestion, I think I’ll go ahead and see if they have Pearson’s book at our local library. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Christopher Lampton Reply February 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I read most of the Fleming Bond novels when I was quite young and found them to be moderately interesting thrillers (though I remember Moonraker as seeming a bit slow off the mark, with too much card playing between Bond and Drax and not enough action). I returned to the series a few years ago, though, and read From Russia with Love, which I’d heard was one of Fleming’s best. I was embarrassed at how bad it was. Perhaps it was an anomaly in the series, but the dialog seemed wooden and the characters (especially the female Russian spy, whose name I’ve mercifully forgotten) quite badly drawn. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read Fleming again.

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