A novelisation of the Eon Productions film of the same name, also released in 1995, this is John Gardner’s fifteenth James Bond novel.

The enemies are more bloodthirsty, the girls more beautiful and the action faster than ever before.

The first thing James Bond notices about Xenia Onatopp is her yellow Ferrari, as it races Bond’s Aston Martin along the narrow corniche. The second thing he notices is that she is beautiful, Russian – and fascinatingly dangerous.

Once Xenia worked for the KGB. But her new master is Janus, a powerful and ambitious Russian leader who no longer cares about ideology. Janus’s ambitions are money and power: his normal business methods include theft and murder. And he has just acquired GoldenEye, a piece of high-tech space technology with the power to destroy or corrupt the West’s financial markets.

But Janus has underestimated his most determined enemy.

James bond is soon in St Petersburg on the track of Xenia and Janus, armed with the latest high-tech weaponry. He will need it all, as he uncovers his most dangerous adversary yet.

John Gardner was a British journalist and best-selling author who published over 50 books.  He died in Hampshire in 2007.

'Yes, indeed, the Tigre is a wonderful thing; and it has also vanished from the face of the earth. Any ideas on that, Commander Bond?'

007 Essentials

  • First published 1995
  • Leading Lady Natalya Simonova
  • Villain Alec Trevelyan

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Written by John Gardner

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