Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bond. James Bond.

Author Ian Fleming and Publisher Jonathon Cape released James Bond Books and inspire a fifty year franchise of movies from 1962-2012:

Casino Royale (1953) James Bond is sent to play against and bankrupt Le Chiffre, the paymaster for a SMERSH-controlled trade union, in a high-stakes baccarat game in France.

Live and Let Die (1954) Bond is sent to the United States to investigate "Mr. Big", an agent of SMERSH and an underworld voodoo leader who is suspected of selling 17th century gold coins to finance Soviet spy operations in America.

Moonraker (1955) Bond joins M at Blades to stop a member, Sir Hugo Drax cheating at bridge. Bond is subsequently seconded onto Drax's staff on the "Moonraker", Britain's first nuclear missile project.

Diamonds are Forever (1956) Bond follows a diamond smuggling ring to America and establishes it is run by an American gang.

From Russia with Love (1957) Bond is targeted by SMERSH to be killed in a compromising situation on the Orient Express. He is lured to Istanbul by an attractive young cipher clerk, Corporal Tatiana Romanova, who claims to be defecting and bringing a Spektor, a Russian decoding device much coveted by MI6.

Dr. No (1958) Commander John Strangways, the head of MI6 Station J in Kingston, Jamaica, and his secretary both disappear and Bond is sent to investigate the matter.

Goldfinger (1959) Bond investigates the activities of Auric Goldfinger, a gold smuggler who M suspects of being connected to SMERSH and financing their western networks with his gold.

For Your Eyes Only (1960) Bond avenges the murder of M's closest friends.

Thunderball (1961) An international, non-aligned terrorist organisation, SPECTRE, have hijacked a NATO plane and seized its two nuclear bombs, which it uses to blackmail the western world.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) A young woman is alone, working at a motel when two thugs, hired by the owner, turn up to burn it down for the insurance.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) Bond continues to search for Ernst Stavro Blofeld after the Thunderball incident. Through contact with the College of Arms in London Bond finds Blofeld based in Switzerland with a co-conspiritor, Irma Bunt.

You Only Live Twice (1964) After the murder of his wife, Bond begins to let his life slide. M gives him a last chance of redemption, to persuade the Japanese to share radio transmissions captured from the Soviet Union.

The Man With The Golden Gun (1965) Bond returns to London having been brainwashed by the Russians and assigned to kill M: the attempt ends in failure.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) Octopussy - Bond tracks down a World War II hero who had murdered his friend to steal a cache of Nazi gold. The Living Daylights - Bond is assigned sniper duty, but when he sees the sniper is a beautiful woman, he shoots the butt of her rifle instead of killing her.

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