MI6 takes at indepth look at the characters in Double
Or Die - the third book in the Young James Bond series
Young Bond: Double Or Die - Characters
18th January 2007
As always, Bond is the centre of attention for the book. With
extraordinary adventures under his belt James is settling down
Eton life when the disappearance of a professor strikes him and
as being rather odd. It is in James' nature to ask questions and
try to get
to the bottom of things - so its not unusual to find Bond in
the thick of
The fact that Perry runs the Danger Society should more than point out that he
is a risk taker, which is probably part of the reason why Bond gets on with
him so well. Through the early part of the book Perry is obsessed by James'
motor, and when he sees one in need of repair he sets his mind on buying
it to restore, even though the funding for such an item is out of his reach.
Perry is less down to earth than James and he is certainly not cut out for
the pace of the adventure that is about to unfold. When all is said and done
Perry is a loyal friend, which is something that the young Bond will need
to rely on again.
The staff member who runs Eton's crossword society is a little strange, so
it is no wonder that none of his fellow professionals at Eton find it odd
that he has disappeared. On the other hand, Bond and the boys always have
time and reason to question everything. Although a little hap hazard, Fairburn
is an individual who has a great deal of integrity. He is far too honest
to be messed up with anything sincere, yet eccentric enough to the point
whereby some people see his disappearance as in-character.
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Sir John Charnage
Sir John has known Alexis since their time at Cambridge University.
two have some similarities, however the underlying feel of both
quite different. From the first moment that the boys meets Charnage,
something not quite right about him. There is more to him than
eye and Bond latches onto it quickly. Though Alexis is a man
of unquestionable integrity, Charnage does not
share this characteristic to the same degree. Sir John is a gambler
does not mind breaking the law and betraying people to get what
and what he believes is right.
Ludwig & Wolfgang Smith
The Smith brothers have a long history of violence both in
the UK and
abroad. They are individuals that know only crime and violence
therefore made their living from both. We meet them early on
in the story
and their looks make them easy for Bond to spot. When it comes
they are certainly lacking any for their victims; they are
ruthless killers who are not afraid to do what is required
of them. There is a strange bond between the brothers:
where they are more than happy
to blame each other for their mishaps, but one is never seen
far from the
others side. Although they are closely related, their physical
appearance differs to the point whereby people would not imagine
them to be brothers.
Colonel Sedova (Babushka)
Babushka has a climbed the ladder of power to the rank of Colonel
feels comfortable giving orders to those below her. She has a
figure and strikes as the cold hard character that most would
Russian officer to be. When John Charnage's time comes she has
cutting away the dead wood - ordering the Smith's to do the necessary.
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