"A NAKED ARM SMELLING OF CHANEL NO. 5 SNAKED ROUND HIS NECK…"
FLEMING, Ian. The Man With the Golden Gun. London: Jonathan Cape, (1965). Octavo, original black paper boards, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $1500.
First edition of Fleming’s final Bond novel, published the year after the author’s death, in which 007 travels to Fleming’s beloved Jamaica to neutralize the assassin of the book’s title.
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). 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. Second-issue binding, without gilt-embossed gun on front cover, as usual; the first-issue binding is extremely rare. Gilbert A13a (1.3). Bondi & Pickard, 50.
Book with a few shallow spots of soiling to fore-edge, dust jacket with only small closed tear and light rubbing to extremities. A near-fine copy.