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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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While he considers what to do, Smythe is pricked on the torso by a poisonous scorpion fish and, on the verge of death, is pulled under the water by his pet octopus. These little short stories share almost nothing except their titles with the movies that were made by Hollywood under the same titles. The final story, The Living Daylights, shows Bond doing 00- work, and here we see him cranky and human.

James Bond, as written by Ian Fleming, is much more human and vulnerable, often struggling with the moral dilemmas of taking lives for the service of his country. And, of course, there is Smythe's famous Octopussy, his pet name for the giant Octopus living in the coral reef off of his bungalow who ends up having a surprising role to play in the story. In the Second World War, he commanded the 2nd regiment of the Mechanised Brigade of the Arab Legion and later joined the British Council for Palestine-Transjordan.An excellent first edition of Ian Fleming's short story collection featuring James Bond, complete with the original dustwrapper. While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fine herbs. A must for Bond fans, these stories, "written in 1961 and 1962, were among those composed by Ian Fleming while he was writing the incomparable series of James Bond thrilllers.

On each of three nights, he sees a female orchestra arrive for rehearsal and leave, taking particular notice of a beautiful blonde cellist.In 1987, "The Living Daylights" was closely adapted for the first act of Timothy Dalton's eponymous first James Bond film of the same title. The book originally contained just two stories, " Octopussy" and " The Living Daylights", with subsequent editions also carrying firstly " The Property of a Lady" and then " 007 in New York". Up next in the collection is "The Living Daylights," which first ran in the "Sunday Times" in February '62. As this is the final Fleming Bond book in the series, and I’ve now read them all, I feel the need to reflect. Once the mission is completed, with Bond deliberately not killing the assassin, an attitude of complacency arises, with Bond shrugging off his colleague's complaints about the incident.

Octopussy" - In this story, James Bond investigates the mysterious death of Major Dexter Smythe, a former World War II comrade who has amassed a treasure trove of stolen jewels. The four stories showcase him, variously, as the official Grim Reaper of Her Majesty's Secret Service, a sharp-eyed detective on the prowl for a possible game of deception at an auction, a quick-footed messenger and, most memorably of them all, a downbeat secret agent assigned to help in a defection with his sniping skills.The story “The Living Daylights” forms part of the movie version, but “Octopussy” bears little resemblance to that movie. Bond is sent to Jamaica, where he confronts Smythe's daughter, Octopussy, and uncovers the secrets behind her father's ill-gotten riches.

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