London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. Item #04277
"Mr. Bond, bullets do not kill. It is the finger that pulls the trigger."
"Exactly. I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak or forever hold your piece."
A Near Fine First Edition in the Publisher's Unclipped Dust Jacket
FLEMING, Ian. The Man With The Golden Gun. London: Jonathan Cape, .
First Edition, First Impression, First Issue, Second State, Binding 'A'. Octavo (7 3/8 x 5 inches; 188 x 127 mm.). 255,  pp.
Publisher's Type C dark-grey cloth (Excelin) over boards, spine with publisher's 'Greek urn' device at foot and lettered in gilt, Green and white 'smoke' patterned end-papers. Small stain on top edge, otherwise near fine. With all the textual points listed in Gilbert.
Publisher's (unclipped) dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping. Binding very lightly 'cocked' otherwise a near fine copy in an excellent dust jacket with a few very small closed edge tears.
"The Man with the Golden Gun was the last novel to be written by Ian Fleming, who died before making his final revisions. These were carried out by Jonathan Cape stalwarts William Plomer and Michael Howard, his regular script typist Jean Frampton, and the author Kingsley Amis, who was hired as somewhat of an authority on Bond, having been in correspondence with Fleming earlier in the year over the reference book The James Bond Dossier, which was about to be published by Cape. (Gilbert, p.420).
The Man with the Golden Gun is the twelfth novel (and thirteenth book) of Ian Fleming's James Bond series. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on 1 April 1965, eight months after the author's death. The novel was not as detailed or polished as the others in the series, leading to poor but polite reviews. Despite that, the book was a best-seller.A year after James Bond's final confrontation with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, while on a mission in Japan, a man claiming to be Bond appears in London and demands to meet the head of the Secret Service, M. Bond's identity is confirmed, but during his debriefing interview with M, Bond tries to kill him with a cyanide pistol; the attempt fails. The Service learns that after destroying Blofeld's castle in Japan, Bond suffered a head injury and developed amnesia. Having lived as a Japanese fisherman for several months, Bond traveled into the Soviet Union to learn his true identity. While there, he was brainwashed and assigned to kill M upon returning to England. Now de-programmed, Bond is given a chance to again prove his worth as a member of the 00 section following the assassination attempt. M sends Bond to Jamaica and gives him the seemingly impossible mission of killing Francisco "Pistols" Scaramanga, a Cuban assassin who is believed to have killed several British secret agents. Scaramanga is known as "The Man with the Golden Gun" because his weapon of choice is a gold-plated Colt .45 revolver, which fires silver-jacketed solid-gold bullets…
Gilbert, A13a, 1.2.