Sir Hugo Drax is England’s darling: the self-made millionaire whose gift of a nuclear warhead promises a new era of peace for a nation afraid of a third world war. When M asks Bond to find out why this illustrious man cheats at cards, his concern is only for Drax’s reputation. But when two men die at the ‘Moonraker’ plant in a bizarre murder-suicide, just days before the weapon’s practice shoot, Bond must uncover the terrible truth of Drax’s enterprise and the dark history behind his abominable plans.
Our edition of Fleming’s third 007 novel features stunning illustrations by Fay Dalton, depicting one of Fleming’s most convincing villains and a Bond girl whose beauty is matched by her tenacity and wit. Gala Brand’s encounter with Bond leads to a moving closing scene which gives a rare glimpse of the occasionally vulnerable man behind the dauntless secret agent. The drama in Moonraker is as gripping and visceral as ever, but it’s all the more compelling for the almost eerie stillness of the build-up, in which an increasingly uneasy Bond tries to decipher the ‘nightmare’ signs of impending doom.
The minimalist binding design echoes the Folio editions of Casino Royale, From Russia with Love and Dr No. All are enriched by Dalton’s seductive illustrations, with their blend of glamour, intimacy and action.
Fay Dalton is a London-based illustrator. She has a first class degree in Illustration and was the winner of the 2010 Pickled Ink Award for illustration. Fay combines traditional drawing and painting methods with digital painting.
Illustrations by Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Moonraker © Fay Dalton 2017. Used with the permission of Fay Dalton and The Folio Society.
'The great bloom of flame a mile wide. And then the mushroom cloud. And nothing left. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing'
First published 1955
Leading Lady Gala Brand
Villain Sir Hugo Drax