Thursday, 17 March 2011
THE COMPLETE LITERARY 007 - Scorpius
The narrative had also become strangely topical with its depiction of the increased security and paranoid surrounding a potential terrorist attack. The terror group, The Meek Ones, are also very similar to the present day Al Qaeda. The book was also referenced in the Simpsons episode, You Only Move Twice in which Homer's boss is Hank Scorpious - too similar to Scorpius to be a coincidence
After being connected to the death of a woman in London, Bond is called in by M to aid the investigation. Returning from Hereford, a Sergeant Pearlman tags along by driving Bond back, during which they are attacked and involved in a high-speed chase on an English motorway. Upon safely returning to headquarters, Bond is briefed on the investigation by M and Chief Superintendent Bailey. The woman, whom Bond does not know, was found dead with Bond's telephone number. She is a member of a cult society known as "The Meek Ones", operated by a Father Valentine. With additional information from the CIA, the British Secret Service learn that Valentine is an alias for Vladimir Scorpius, an arms dealer for several terrorist organisations.
Reading the book today the reader picks up on all the parallels to today's post 9/11 world, and the novel doesn't seem as far fetched as it once was. Gardner's Bond had certainly improved by this period and is no longer a version of the current cinematic Bond, nor though is he Fleming's Bond - but rather an amalgamation of the two with a little dash of Gardner's own Boysie Oakes.
An excellent Bond adventure.