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Herr von Hammerstein, or just Hammerstein, is a fictional character from the short story For Your Eyes Only that is included in the eponymous anthology written by Ian Fleming.

Novel biography

von Hammerstein was a short robust man of Prussian stock and an ex Gestapo officer, who immediately following World War II, fled Hitler's Germany and set up in Cuba. There he became the chief of the counter-intelligence bureau for the Batista regime. Shortly before the communist rebels of Fidel Castro took power, Batista sacked von Hammerstein who took his hoarded wealth and went abroad to invest it in property.

Seeking to purchase the estate of Colonel Timothy Havelock (Ret.) in Jamaica, he sent his hitman, Major Hector Gonzales, to negotiate the sale. When the offer was refused, Gozales kills the Havelocks and von Hammerstein proceeds to bully their daughter Judy Havelock into selling the property with intimidation tactics. Judy sets out on a vendetta to personally kill von Hammerstein and avenge her parents.

von Hammerstein moves to his retreat in a remote area of Vermont in the United States to see out the winter with his Cuban henchmen and several whorish women. Judy tracked him there, as did James Bond who had been sent to eliminate von Hammerstein by M, a family friend of the Havelocks. Armed with a mere bow and arrow, Judy shoots von Hammerstein by in the back with a arrow from one hundred yards away at the precise moment von Hammerstein dived into a lake.

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