The 15th James Bond
novel from 1968, and the first one released after Ian Fleming's death. It was written by Kingsley Amis, under the pseudonym
When M is kidnapped from his own house, James Bond is tasked to retrieve him. This takes him to Greece
, where he is joined with the local beautiful GRU agent Ariadne Alexandrou. Eventually, he comes face to face with the master torturer of China's Liberation Army, Colonel Sun-Tang Liang, who has plans, painful
plans, for both him and M.
The book is unfortunately out-of-print, at least physically, however recently an E-Book Edition was published and an audio-book adaptation has been solicited.
This novel has the examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Ariadne Alexandrou.
- Antagonist Title
- Comic Book Adaptation: As with other Bond books, Colonel Sun was made into a comic strip. One notable difference is that it made Sun a member of SPECTRE.
- Continuity Nod:
- Bond's past adventures involving Scaramanga and a trip to Japan are briefly mentioned.
- As Sun lectures about genital torture, he notes that Bond is quite familiar with it. This could be a reference to Casino Royale.
- Despair Event Horizon: Sun is going to torture Bond up to point of ultimate despair, then kill him.
- Dirty Communists: Colonel Sun himself is a part of the Chinese branch of this trope. An interesting subversion occurs in the fact that Bond allies with the GRU agent Ariadne to stop him.
- Ear Ache: First part of Bond's torture has Sun rummaging through his ear canal with a metal spike.
- Evil Plan: Sun, as per orders from China, plans to disrupt a secret meeting hosted by Soviet Union by killing everyone in it, and framing the British for the deed.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sun keeps up his polite demeanor even as he tortures someone horribly.
- First Name Basis: Sun prefers to call his subjects by their first names.
- Groin Attack: Defied. As Sun is about to to start torturing Bond, he notes that genital mutilation is effective, but too ordinary of a choice, and goes for a spike in the ear instead.
- Interservice Rivalry: One of the many reasons that Alexandra isn't believed when shes tries to warn about the imminent attack on the Soviet meeting is that she's reporting to a KGB representative, who doesn't take her seriously as she's a GRU agent.
- Leave Him to Me: Litsas agrees to help Bond in his mission, but only if he gets to kill von Richter for his war crimes.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Colonel Sun and von Richter (The Von Trope Family and the German word for "judge").
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being fatally stabbed by Bond, Sun has enough life in him to kill those who betrayed him, and to have last attempt at Bond's life.
- Red Right Hand: A powerful gun was discharged near von Richter's right ear during the war, which has left it and the area around it scarred.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Used on the second cover of the book, seen above.
- Those Wacky Nazis: von Richter is a former Nazi who took a part in the Greek side of the World War II.
- Torture Technician: Col. Sun was specially trained to be a torturer, a job he enjoys as he believes that "through cruelty one rises to heights of superhuman awareness".
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe, Sun's way of speaking English is described to be this, as he doesn't have a natural connection to the language which leads him to use various English dialects randomly.
- Yellow Peril: Colonel Sun is a fairly typical figure of the Inscrutable Oriental villain type.