Octopussy & The Living Daylights: Discover two of the most beloved James Bond stories (James Bond 007, 14)

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Octopussy & The Living Daylights: Discover two of the most beloved James Bond stories (James Bond 007, 14)

Octopussy & The Living Daylights: Discover two of the most beloved James Bond stories (James Bond 007, 14)

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The Property of a Lady shows Bond hobnobbing with the London elite, as he does when he has to, but where he seldom feels at ease. When he is finished, Corporal Menzies comes from the Pavilion of the Gun Club and dismantles the rifle and its stand. In the original clipped dustwrapper which is in very good condition with some very light marks to the wraps. But these are novellas, they're short, and apparently they were published together in this short story collection.

The book originally contained just two shorter stories, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights," with subsequent editions also carrying "The Property of a Lady" and then "007 in New York. Ernest Shackleton, looking for members of his proposed expedition to Antarctica, met Brocklehurst in London in 1906, and was impressed by his boxing achievements.But Fleming pulls the rug out from beneath the reader and Bond himself, when the identity of Bond's sniper target is revealed. The film also used the plot device of auctioning of a Fabergé egg at Sotheby's from "The Property of a Lady"; as with the story the auction item was described as being the same "property of a lady". But I can't stay I'm too impressed by these short stories,or Bond's preoccupation with smoking and drinking. The Living Daylights" had first appeared in The Sunday Times on 4 February 1962; "The Property of a Lady" was commissioned by Sotheby's for the 1963 edition of their journal, The Ivory Hammer; while "007 in New York" first appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in October 1963. His grandfather John Brocklehurst had a silk weaving business in Macclesfield and was a Member of Parliament; his father Philip Lancaster Brocklehurst was created a baronet in 1903.

Brocklehurst, as a member of the shore party of the expedition, was awarded the Silver Polar Medal in 1909.Still, the author takes pains to show that Smythe is a pitiful, unsympathetic character, and decidedly quite the bastard. Though I beg to ask - can you have a "short story collection" when said collection includes only two stories? There were a lot of veterans there, who, while good-natured and affable enough, were extremely resistant to even the slightest change and there I was, a twenty-five year old man only interested in writing, reading, films and music, who was trying to stir things up in vain.

Beginning in 1939 he served as a liaison between the Navy and the other secret services, where he was privy to the highest levels of intelligence and became known for his creativity in planning operations, work that inspired his later novels. Bond is shown undertaking (yes, that is a pun) quiet little jobs without the usual wham-bang excitements. The two original stories, "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights", were both adapted for publication in comic strip format in the Daily Express in 1966–1967.The hardback edition of the book contained only the two stories mentioned in the title, although when the paperbacks editions were published, "The Property of a Lady" was also included. 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". We see him through the eyes of ex-Secret Service agent Major Dexter Smythe, a 54-year-old widower living in Jamaica, who is killing himself slowly via too much smoke and too much drink. They were a nice and quick read though and I’m looking forward to trying James Bond’s recipe for scrambled eggs! Firstly, because it's 142 pages long (which is short) and contains three short stories and a thing (we'll come back to the thing a bit later).



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