"AND ALL THIS BECAUSE OF A MAN CALLED BOND…"
FLEMING, Ian. Octopussy and The Living Daylights. London: Jonathan Cape, (1966). Octavo, original brown paper boards, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of the James Bond short stories "Octopussy" (in which a Fabergé egg holds the key to a nuclear attack on a U.S. Air Force base) and "The Living Daylights" (in which 007 must organize the defection of a Soviet general).
Consists of two stories—including the title piece, "a powerful work about guilt and punishment" (Black, 78)—planned by Fleming for a never-completed collection and published posthumously. "The Living Daylights" first appeared in England in the Sunday Times in February 1962 and was retitled "Berlin Escape" for the June 1962 issue of the American magazineArgosy. "This is the first Bond to list Thunderball credited as having been written from a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming, in accordance with the court settlement of the lawsuit against Fleming by Kevin McClory" (Biondi & Pickard, 51). "Octopussy" was made into the 1983 movie starring Roger Moore as Bond and Maud Adams as Octopussy; "The Living Daylights" was made in the 1987 movie with Timothy Dalton in his first outing as Bond. Gilbert A14a (1.2).
A fine copy.