|Title:||The Living Daylights [AKA Berlin Escape] (James Bond #15)|
|Tags:||adventure, fiction, James Bond (Fictional character), intelligence service, spy stories, film/TV adaptation|
"The Living Daylights" takes place in, what is for Fleming, a new kind of locale: the border territory that divides East and West Berlin.
Bond's target is one of Fleming's most tantalizing villains, a person whom Bond, and the reader, glimpses but never meets. M. sends Bond to West Berlin to safeguard the escape of Number 272, a British agent who is privy to Russia's top-secret atomic plans. Agent 272 is to make his break for freedom across the East Berlin frontier. The big trouble is: the KGB knows the escape plan and that plan cannot be changed. They have assigned their best sniper, Trigger, to shoot 272 on the run, on a certain street, at a certain time. Armed with a .308-caliber International Experimental Target rifle, Bond must stake out the sniper and kill him before he kills 272.... [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Fleming, Ian
Ian Fleming (1908–1964) journalist and writer of the famous James Bond series of thrilling spy novels. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he went on to become a journalist for Reuters news agency. He also managed a line of foreign newspapers for the Kemsley publishing company. He wrote his first novel, Casino Royale in 1953 which introduced the dashing and romantic spy, James Bond, 007. He continued writing over a dozen Bond novels and short stories and the complete series is available here on Faded Page. (Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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