Today in Bond history two Fleming books were released in the UK: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1965), which was published post-humorously. OHMSS was Fleming’s tenth novel and was written after the first Eon Productions film, Dr. No, was being shot nearby in Jamaica. OHMSS was written as the second of a Blofeld trilogy – the first being Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. The book was received well, selling 60,000 copies the first month of release. Richard Chopping was the cover artist.
Due to Fleming’s death in August 1964, Fleming did not complete his second edits nor add additional details as was his writing process for his James Bond novels. The publisher had sought out Kingsley Amis’ expertise to polish Fleming’s novel, however Amis’ suggestions were not incorporated and The Man with the Golden Gun was published as is. Reviews were “polite” and the novel was a best seller.
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