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Case Name: GoldenEye
Year: 1995
Author: John Gardner
Villain(s): Alec Trevelyan
Organization: Self-Employed (JANUS)
Bond Girl(s): Natalia Simonova
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John Gardner's Goldeneye is an accurate novelisation of the film of the same name with a plot centring on post-communist Russia, its internal factions, historic patriotism and a criminal organisation known as the Janus Crime Syndicate, run by a man with a score to settle against Britain.

The action kicks off with Bond and his old friend 006 on a mission to destroy a Soviet Biochemical Processing Plant, heavily guarded by the KGB. This is his first encounter with General Ourumov and when the action moves to post-Soviet Russia some years later, he finds himself up against him again, this time working for the Janus Crime Syndicate who have stolen the Goldeneye, a powerful piece of Russian space weaponry, with the help of the eccentric computer boffin, Boris Grishenko. The plot, not a classic in itself, is greatly enhanced by the mystery surrounding Janus and the two Russian female characters, the brilliantly named Xenia Onatop, complet ewith killer thighs, and the rather more amenable and attractive, Natalya Simonova.

There is a distinctive Russian flavour to Goldeneye which is interesting to compare to the early Fleming novels involving Smersh and the KGB. As with other John Gardner Bond stories, Goldeneye is an accessible and enjoyable read in its own right, though for die-hard Bond purists, if it's not Fleming, it's 007- lite.

Fan Reviews:

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster.

Armed with his licence to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for “GoldenEye”, an awesome space weapon that can fire a devasting electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: Alec Trevelyan, a.k.a. Agent 006, a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. As Bond squares off against his former compatriot, he also battles Trevelyan’s stunning ally, Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. When the horrifying extent of Trevelyan’s plans is revealed, Bond must call upon his sharp wits and killer instincts in an edge-of-your-seat confrontation to the finish.

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