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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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In the second edition, the collection's title was shortened to Octopussy; most paperback reprints of the 1970s and 1980s used the abbreviated title. Much comment has been made over Smythe's resemblance to the author, who of course also lived on the north shore of Jamaica (the island was the setting for not only "Octopussy," but also "Live and Let Die," "Doctor No," "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Man With the Golden Gun"), smoked and drank too much, was fond of snorkeling and bird-watching, and was roughly the same age as the major. One of Fleming's neighbours in Jamaica, and later his lover, was Blanche Blackwell, mother of Chris Blackwell of Island Records.

The film strongly hinted that Blofeld killed Oberhauser because he felt that Oberhauser loved Bond more than he loved his own son. The "Octopussy" collection concludes with "The Property of a Lady," which first appeared in "The Ivory Hammer" (a publication of Sotheby's auction house), of all places; it was later reprinted in "Playboy" magazine. Surprisingly, Bond briefly considers going to a whorehouse to kill some time in Berlin (one would have thought that unnecessary for him! In 2008, the stories in Octopussy and the Living Daylights were combined with those of For Your Eyes Only to form a new Penguin Books compilation titled Quantum of Solace as a tie-in with the film. In the final story, "007 in New York," Bond essentially has to deliver bad news to an agent working overseas, but we get his impressions of the Big Apple.The Secret Service operative James Bond, code name 007, is assigned to apprehend a hero of the Second World War implicated in a murder involving a cache of Nazi gold. So, when I think of James Bond, I think of this super-spy guy who solves his missions by killing enemies, while getting all the dangerous, beautiful women. And then, today, out of the blue, I remembered another book of his that I had read back in that exasperating summer, sneaking the slim, small paperback with me into the office lavatory and reading as much as possible in those stolen minutes. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual copper dishes (for appearance only) with pink champagne (Taittinger) and low music. Overall, I found the Bond books interesting in how they are not like the movies which are oh so familiar.

Published posthumously, Octopussy and The Living Daylights marks Ian Fleming s final 007 James Bond title. Here, a known double agent in the British Secret Service, Maria Freudenstein, is about to be paid off by her Russian superiors. in New York' was more of a thinly-disguised personal view of the city rather than a Bond story (and Fleming admits as much). Bond chooses not to take Smythe into custody immediately, but leaves him to contemplate his options – suicide or a court martial.Bond is on the famous Centaury Firing Range at Bisley, where he is testing a rifle with an infrared scope.

Afterward, Bond admits to his spotter that he did not try for a kill shot only because Trigger had been a woman. Except for the presence of an actual octopus in both the story and the film, they are wholly dissimilar. This was an audiobook edition, all read by Tom Hiddleston, who does a very good job in general, and poor Tom Hiddleston is left reading the accent of a Chinese character written by an old British man in the 1960s, a task which no white man can don passably or without a cringe-worthy result.

This particular novel was adapted into a film starring Roger Moore as Bond and Maud Adams as Octopussy.

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