No Deals, Mr. Bond

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The bodies of two beautiful young women have been found with their tongues torn out. Both victims had been part of a “honeypot operation” called Cream Cake and had fled East Germany some years earlier when their cover was blown. James Bond’s superior, M, is sure the fiend is a top agent from the Eastern Bloc bent on revenge. M orders Bond to locate the other three agents involved in Cream Cake, who have been given new identities. Bond finds the first woman, Heather Dare, just in time to save her from three assailants who have come equipped to kill her and rip out her tongue. He and the luscious Heather flee to Ireland, where they find another of the girls on the hit list. The KGB and the even more infamous GRU have agents everywhere. Eventually 007 and his two sexually uninhibited young companions arrive in Hong Kong, trying to elude pursuit and at the same time rescue the fifth member of the ill-fated operation. By this time, Bond has discovered that much more is at stake than a few odd lives, including his own.

Ian Fleming created James Bond in the early 1950’s. The suave, resourceful British agent became a household name in the next decade when President John F. Kennedy revealed that Fleming’s novels were his favorite recreational reading. Since then, all the vintage Bond novels have been made into highly successful films. Fleming died in 1964. In 1982, his estate commissioned John Gardner, already one of Britain’s leading espionage novelists, to revive the indestructible 007. NO DEALS, MR. BOND is his sixth contribution to the Bond saga. Gardner lacks Fleming’s truly wild imagination and confesses that he feels inhibited working with another author’s character. He is a polished writer, however, knowledgeable in the field of international skulduggery, and can spin a good yarn.