Other Editions

Vintage Paperback
UK Audio

Irresistibly readable, Observer

Where to buy

Moonraker is available in paperback and as an ebook from the following retailers:

The audiobook is read by Bill Nighy and is available here:

007 Essentials

First published First published in 1955
The Girl Gala Brand
Bond Villain Sir Hugo Drax
The Location Kent
The Film 1979 - James Bond played by Roger Moore


As the super patriot and war veteran who’s bankrolling Britain’s top-secret Moonraker rocket program, Sir Hugo Drax should be above reproach. But there’s more to this enigmatic millionaire than he lets on. When M suspects Drax of cheating at cards in an exclusive gentleman’s club, he sends Bond in to investigate. But exposing the deception only enrages Drax—and now 007 must outwit an angry man with a nuclear warhead.

The mysterious death of the head of security at Drax’s missile base gives Bond the perfect opportunity to go undercover to find out the secret agenda of the supposed British war hero. With the help of another agent, the lustrous Gala Brand, 007 learns the truth about Drax’s battle scars, his wartime allegiances—and his murderous plans for the deployment of Moonraker.

Classic Quote

And suddenly Bond didn’t care about the high stakes. Suddenly all he wanted to do was to give this hairy ape the lesson of his life, give him a shock which would make him remember this evening for ever, remember Bond, remember M, remember the last time he would cheat at Blades, remember the time of day, the weather outside, what he had had for dinner.

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