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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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First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 95pp. The book is a collection of short stories published posthumously in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 23 June 1966. The Secret Service learns that Maria Freudenstein, an employee known to be a double agent working for the Soviet Union, has just received a valuable item of jewelry crafted by Peter Carl Fabergé and is planning to auction it at Sotheby's. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, whisking continuously with a small egg whisk.

While not perhaps on such an epic scale as other 007 tales all three episodes are written with Fleming's superb journalistic style. Brocklehurst suffered from frostbitten feet, and was unable to complete the climb; the others reached the summit on 10 March.We learn a good deal about 007 in this short story; for example, his taste in food (eggs, herring, schnapps, Lowenbrau) and the fact that he greatly dislikes killing (he even expresses a hope that his action at the story's end will get him booted out of the 00 section).

The Visitors' Book: In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller (Kindle ed. Told in a similar fashion to " Quantum of Solace", Bond is assigned to apprehend a hero of the Second World War implicated in a murder involving a cache of Nazi gold. Thus, Bond, ensconced in a dumpy apartment, waits for three nights for Agent 272 to make his run, a . 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. And he is not even interested in getting it done right, which also explains the perfectly imperfect ending as well.

This Vintage edition includes an introduction by Sam Leith, who not only explains what he owes to Bond (his life, no less) but also delves into what these short stories tell about who Bond is (and who or what he’s not). In all, a very winning tale, only bits of which survived in the 1987 film "The Living Daylights," mainly in the character of Kara Milovy, the unnamed cellist in Fleming's story. The Chief Range Officer is pleased with the results, as Bond is consistently getting bull's-eyes even in the fading light.

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