Literature: For Special Services

The second James Bond novel by John Gardner, published in 1982.

The criminal organization SPECTRE has been reformed. Bond, together with the CIA agent Cedar Leiter, is send to investigate Markus Bismaquer, who is suspected to be its new leader.

This novel has the examples of:

  • Avenging the Villain: Bond is the centerpiece of the SPECTRE's Evil Plan since he killed Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the father of the organization's new leader Nena.
  • Big Bad: The new Blofeld.
  • Brainwashed: Bond is brainwashed to believe that he is a general in US army who is conducting an inspection on NORAD. He manages to get over it since Markus Bismaquer, who had become infatuated with him, sabotaged the process.
  • Call Back: Since SPECTRE is back in the spotlight, the death of Ernst Stavro Blofeld from You Only Live Twice is referred to many times.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Bond pushes Nena Blofeld into a Death Trap meant for him with a chair.
  • The Dragon: Walter Luxor, Bismaquer's right hand man.
  • Evil Plan: SPECTRE has a plan to take over North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to get their hands on America's military space satellite network.
  • Love Interest Traitor: Bond thinks Nena Bismaguer is the sympathetic Bond Girl, but it turns out she's the Big Bad.
  • No Bisexuals: Averted with Markus Bismaquer - his fondness for Bond leads to him indirectly saving his life... and to his getting killed by his wife Nena.
  • Red Right Hand: Walter Luxor looks like a corpse, and Markus's wife Nena Bismaquer has only one breast.
  • The Reveal: Nena Bismaquer is actually the daughter of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and the new leader of SPECTRE.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The big plan to take over NORAD hinges on its workforce ingesting ice cream provided by Bismaquer, that has mixture on it that makes its eater susceptible to commands from a person with authority.
  • Title Drop: At the end of the book, Bond receives a gift from Felix Leiter, which has the engraving "For Special Services" on it.