At M's request, Bond goes up against Sir Hugo Drax at the card table in an exclusive London club, to prevent him from cheating. For Drax – a self-made mulit-millionaire with a shadowy past – has put up ten million pounds to develop a superatomic rocket, and his exposure as a cheat would threaten Britain's latest defence system. Assisted by Gala Brand, Bond delves deeper into goings on at the Moonraker base, but it soon appears that someone wants him out of the way . . .
Moonraker provides a compelling insight into Britain after the Second World War, with a gripping portrayal of a megalomaniac's desire for revenge at any cost.