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Octopussy & The Living Daylights: Discover two of the most beloved James Bond stories (James Bond 007, 14)

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Octopussy" provided the title of the film and the background for the character Octopussy, the daughter of a character Bond had allowed to commit suicide, rather than face the shame of arrest and imprisonment. His idyllic lazy life of boozing, playing bridge and snorkeling is interrupted one day by the advent of 007, who has come to give Smythe notice that a 17-year-old double crime that the major had committed at the tail end of WW2 (I don't want to reveal too much; let's just say that the crimes involve murder and Nazi gold) has finally caught up with him. The reader doesn't learn much about Bond in this tale, although Fleming does humanize the agent a bit by having Bond reveal his personal reason for bringing Smythe to justice.

Laid in are two excellent and attractive original color photographs of Maud Adams signing the book and displaying it. In 2008, the four stories, along with those in For Your Eyes Only, were compiled in the Penguin Classics release Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories, released as a tie-in with the film.It also shows us a Bond who battles with his conscience and who, behind a cool exterior, can also be romantic and chivalric. And so, when the novel was ultimately released some eight months later, the world must have understandably believed that this unfleshed-out caper would be the author's final word regarding 007. If you love New York and you want to continue liking Fleming and Bond, you may want to avoid this story! While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove the pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fine herbs. And “The Living Daylights” sends Bond to Berlin to protect a British agent before an assassin strikes.

The author of the "continuation" Bond stories, Raymond Benson, noted that in "The Living Daylights", Bond's thoughts on killing are examined once again, showing that although 007 did not like doing it, he considered that he must kill as part of his duty to complete an assignment. What readers of the Bond stories will discern as compared to the popular films is the greater depth of characterization. I would have loved it if the secret bidder was sitting right next to Bond and he was thwarted just this once.The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network. His grandfather John Brocklehurst had a silk weaving business in Macclesfield and was a Member of Parliament; his father Philip Lancaster Brocklehurst was created a baronet in 1903.

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