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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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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".

I have a hard time believing Bond's leisure reading material is a cheap soft-core porn-bondage paperback. The first, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore as James Bond, was released in 1983 as the thirteenth film in the series and provided the back story for the film Octopussy's family, while "The Property of a Lady" was more closely adapted for an auction sequence in the film. 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. Though, in the first of those stories, "Octopussy," the antagonist is the point of view character and Bond proves to be a minor player.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.

Octopussy," obviously, has zero relation to the 1983 film starring Roger Moore, which instead dealt with a crazy Russian general's attempt to detonate an atomic bomb at a NATO air base. in New York' was more of a thinly-disguised personal view of the city rather than a Bond story (and Fleming admits as much). If you love New York and you want to continue liking Fleming and Bond, you may want to avoid this story!The genre itself became synonymous with the Christian Dior style of 1950's glamour thanks to titles like 'Diamonds are Forever', 'The Man with the Golden Gun' and 'Casino Royale'. Up next in the collection is "The Living Daylights," which first ran in the "Sunday Times" in February '62.

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