Tag: Secret Agent

Ian Fleming – The Man With the Golden Gun | Review

Title: The Man With the Golden Gun

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 206

Rating: 8/10


Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun

Ian Fleming – The Man with the Golden Gun


This book was short and sweet, like many of the other James Bond novels, and while I’m not sure how closely it’s related to the movie, because I’ve never been a fan of the movies, I did think it was a fun little read and worth sticking with.

Here, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to track down a man called Scaramanga, who they call the Man with the Golden Gun. He’s a dangerous guy, who can draw his weapon faster than Bond can, and so it’s interesting to see the secret agent pitted against someone who could offer a match.

The actual story line is pretty short, and it feels almost more like a short story than a novel, but that’s okay because it’s still a lot of fun and a decent introduction into Bond’s world. I still think that Dr. No is my favourite one so far, but that’s because it feels like more of a main meal; this is an appetiser, and a good way to start if you’ve never read one of the novels before.


Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


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Graham Greene – Our Man in Havana | Review

Title: Our Man in Havana

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 225

Rating: 10/10


Graham Greene - Our Man in Havana

Graham Greene – Our Man in Havana


Our Man in Havana is probably my favourite Graham Greene book, and although it isn’t quite the first of his books that I read, it is the first of his books that I fell in love with. I was even lucky enough to catch a stage play adaptation in Richmond, which was just as good as the novel it was based on.

Loosely speaking, it follows the story of a vacuum cleaner salesman called Mr. Wormold, who’s living in Havana and who is offered money on the side to become a secret agent. He pockets the money and starts to fake his reports – unfortunately, his fake reports start to come true.

Now, I’m not going to say any more about the plot because it really is an excellent book, one of my favourites of all time and easily my top Graham Greene novel – that means a lot, when you consider I usually list him as one of my favourite writers, too! Better still, if you get a chance to see a theatre adaptation then seize the chance to do that too. Read the book before you go – I bet it leaves a lasting impression and gets you reading more of his work.


Graham Greene

Graham Greene


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