MI6 digs up one of 007's in-the-field postcards to the Chief of Staff Bill Tanner whilst on the From A View To A Kill mission...
Postcards From Bond - Paris
4th March 2010
The first short story
found in "For
Your Eyes Only" sees James Bond in France where
motorcycle messenger carrying top secret documents has
been attacked en route to the MI6 headquarters in Paris.
as a biker
get to the bottom of the mystery.
Above: Never-before-seen postcards from the MI6 archives - postmarked Paris 1958...
"From A View To A Kill" sees Bond
investigating the murder of a motorcycle dispatch-rider, and
the theft of his top-secret
documents, by a motorcycle assassin, en route from SHAPE (central
command of NATO in Europe, then located in Versailles) to his
base, Station F, in Saint-Germain, France. Since Bond is already
in Paris, M sends Bond to assist in the investigation in any
way he can. To unravel the mystery, Bond disguises himself as
a dispatch-rider and follows the same journey as the previous
rider to Station F. As expected, the assassin attempts to kill
Bond. Bond, however, is ready and ends up killing the assassin.
He then uncovers the assassin's hidden base of operations.
Fleming initially intended this to be the backstory for Hugo
Drax, the villain of "Moonraker". The similar story would have
taken place during World War II and
featured Drax as the motorcycle assassin who crashes his bike
and is taken to an American field hospital. Later the hospital
is bombed leaving Drax with amnesia and a disfigured face.
MI6 Literary Locations Guide
For Your Eyes Only
||Postcards From Bond
Delve into the MI6 archives and uncover never before seen postcards from Bond's missions around the world to various MI6 personal. Recipiants include M, Moneypenny, Loelia Ponsonby and May - 007's housekeeper.