By Christopher Wood
Date Published: 1977
Christopher Wood wrote this novel under licence from Glidrose (now Ian Fleming Publications Ltd), from the script he and Richard Maibaum had produced for the 1977 film.
Major Anya Amasova had scored well in the course on ‘sex as a weapon’, although the SMERSH report had noted a risk of emotional attachments. James Bond was as wary of her presence in Cairo as he was charmed by her proud self-assured beauty. Where did the Russians find such women? But Bond was not an agent to be distracted from his mission: someone had learned to plot the course of nuclear submarines and, impossible as it sounded, M told him in London that the 370-foot nuclear-powered H.M.S. Ranger was ‘missing’.
Not since Dr. No and Auric Goldfinger has Bond locked wits with an opponent so dedicated to his private obsession or shielded by such deadly cunning as Sigmund Stromberg. His double-0 prefix meant that Bond was used to death, but what Stromberg’s killer could do with his two rows of stainless steel teeth was an obscenity.