The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - who cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, his exposure could threaten Britain's latest defence system. James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant Gala Brand soon discover there is more to Drax than meets the eye. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.
This title is also available as part of the 007 Reloaded collection.
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Overall 5 out of 5 - mainly for Bill Nighy, who is just superb, one of the best audiobook narraters I have ever heard. (Posted on 7 October 2012)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes
For such a novel title like Moonraker is set particularly close to home – the south coast of England.
Bond must face a danger (which could easily be set in any time) - a giant rocket that can destroy a country.
On this audiobook, the distinctive voice of Bill Nighy (Billy Mack in Love Actually) is almost unrecognisable when in character.
Nighy is an ideal fit for this novel. His Bond is down to earth and has to live on his wits, away from gadgets and stunts. Nighy makes Bond believable, and he conveys superbly the neurosis and patriotism of Hugo Drax, making him a fully-realised villain.
From the start of the card game, which deftly lays the foundations for the real battle to come, Nighy manages to make it personal between Bond and Drax, with the looming threat of the Moonraker missile always in the background.
And Moonraker also features Gala Brand - a different type of Bond girl. Will she be able to resist Bond?
Unfurling in just one week, Moonraker is a tight, tense and thrilling audiobook, where the line between hero and villain blurs. (It’s also blissfully free from any fights in space or giant men with metal teeth.)
Listen out for:
- Bond’s wonderfully mundane routine when not on a mission
- the detailed description of Hugo Drax, which reminds Bond of a ringmaster at a circus
- ‘Bond. James Bond.’ (But not said by Bond.)
- why Bond adds pepper to his vodka
Moonraker is the third James Bond title by Ian Fleming.