This adventurous book is in great condition, it has a good cover, hasnt been price clipped, has a very clean text block and is a classic James Bond adventure. Its also a 1st edition published in 1956 by Pan Books. Moonraker is a treat of a classic Bond spy thriller. There is intrigue at M's exclusive gambling club "Blades" on Park Lane where Sir Hugo Drax, a multi- millionaire business tycoon, revered by the British public because of his Moonraker missile defence programme, has been accruing millions of pounds at the Poker table. Why would Drax wish to make more money? How could he be achieving such success against the world's premier gamblers? As "the best card-player in the service", Bond is called in to find out the answers. Bond quickly adjudges Drax a "bullying, boorish, loud-mouthed vulgarian" and, more importantly for his mission, a cheat at cards. Bond beats Drax at his own game, winning thousands of pounds and severely unsettling the millionaire in the process. His advice to 007 before leaving the club is: "I should spend the money quickly, Commander Bond." Indeed. Never one to ignore a hot tip, Bond is preparing to splash his winnings on a Rolls-Bentley Convertible and three diamond clips when he hears of a double-shooting at Drax's Moonraker base. Concerned about the possibility of sabotage, Bond is sent undercover to investigate, but things just don't add up. Why are the workforce all German--this is post-war Britain after all? On the job, Bond meets Special Branch Agent Gala Brand, planted onsite ostensibly as Drax's private secretary. Despite initial fractious relations, the two spies grow to respect each other and eventually discover the frightening and horrific truth about Drax and Moonraker. Here the plot speeds up and we are treated to some vintage Fleming lines: "Bond set his teeth and rode his car as if she was a Lipizaner at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna."
Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of John Wayne's death with this Special Edition DVD. ; ; Helltown ; ; Helltown (aka Born to the West) begins with cowboys Dare Rudd (John Wayne) and his sidekick Dink Hooley (Syd Saylor) down on their luck after a few poker games gone wrong. The pair decides to head off to Wyoming to ask Dare's Cousin Tom Filmore (John Mack Brown) a rich coffee baron and bank owner for money. Tom needs Dare to drive his cattle to market but he is worried about whether he can trust Dare to fend off the local cattle rustlers resist the power tables or even steal his girl. This is a classic early John Wayne film and a must see for all Wayne fans. ; ; Bigger Than Life ; ; Celebrate the life of one of the greatest movie icons and legends of all time 'John Wayne' aka 'The Duke' in this fascinating and in-depth biography. Take a journey back to his humble beginnings to his place as a legend in movie history. This documentary is a testimony to the screen icon and traces his career and his personal life away from the lights camera and action. On screen he was part of some of the best loved westerns of all time including 'The Searchers' and 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon'. Including rare archive footage and interviews this is the definitive look back at one of the most defining film careers of all time.