Author: Ian Fleming
Publication date: 23rd June 1966
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Cover artist: Richard Chopping
This book is a collection of previously published short stories. The first, Octopussy, is a conversation between Bond and a treacherous retired Royal Marine Major. The Major, living in Jamaica and seriously ill, is clearly based on Fleming himself, in fragile health when the story was written.
The Property Of A Lady is a story based at Sotheby’s and was added to later editions of the book, while The Living Daylights is a gripping story of Bond waiting to assassinate a Soviet sniper. This story is used in a short sequence of the film The Living Daylights, with Timothy Dalton.
Recent editions of the paperback also features 007 in New York, previously unpublished in the UK although found in the US edition of Thrilling Cities.