Set in London and Kent where Fleming spent most weekends at his beloved Royal St George’s Golf Club, Moonraker was a thoroughly British affair.  Not only was it a departure from the exotic locales of his first two novels, but it was the first time James Bond failed to win the heart of the book’s heroine, police officer Gala Brand.  Before the title was settled upon, other suggestions included Wide of the Mark, The Inhuman Element and the startlingly gloomy Mondays are Hell.

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