Never Dream of Dying

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Never Dream of Dying, first published in 1999, was the seventh novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond (including film novelizations). Carrying the Ian Fleming Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam.

Plot summaryEdit

James Bond finally comes face-to-face with his most cunning nemesis - the enigmatic, blind criminal mastermind behind the sinister organization known only as the Union. It begins when a police raid goes horribly wrong, killing innocent men, women, and even children. Bond knows the Union is behind the carnage, and vows to take them down once and for all. His hunt takes him to Paris, into a deadly game of predator and prey, and a fateful meeting with the seductive Tylyn Mignonne, a movie star with a sordid past, who may lead bond to his final target - or his own violent end. The story is told primarily from the perspectives of James Bond and René Mathis. Mathis' part of the story centers around trying to find the head of The Union, while Bond's revolves around finding out what The Union is planning.

After an ambush on French Law enforcement forces at a Film Studio, René Mathis is re-assigned to track down some missing explosives but he goes rogue to prove that the CL-20's disappearance was related to The Union. Bond, on the other hand was assigned to investigate Goro Yoshida a Japanese terrorist, but he opts to remain on the Union case. He at first tries to prove that a Corsican millionaire was Le Gérant, the leader of the Union, but he is sidetracked by a development in that all union members receive a tattoo of the organization's logo etched into their eye. Bond is sent to investigate a French optometrist's office where a report of the tattoo had been made on Léon Essinger. Bond then breaks into Essinger's office at a television studio where he acquires a torn picture of Tylyn Mignonne, whom he then interrogates.

At the same time, Mathis encountered a suspicious Blind man at a casino in Monaco. Further investigation led to the discovery of a connection to Olivier Cesari, a man suspected to be The Union's leader. His search leads him to a house in the Corsican countryside, where he is captured and tortured. Back in Paris, Bond is reunited with Marc-Ange Draco who gives Bond information on the whereabouts of René Mathis, and gives Bond further cause to investigate Goro Yoshida. Before investigating Yoshida, Bond travels to Monaco to meet Tylyn at the first day of shooting for Essinger's new movie Pirate Island. While this happens, Yoshida has one of his gang members bomb a restaurant in the United States. While at the filming location in the Mediterranean, Bond discovers that Essinger is serving as a fence for the stolen CL-20 by listing it as a production asset on his film. Bond discovers this and one of the Union workers on set informed Essinger of Bond's identity and he gives the command to have Bond killed. Bond kills or wounds each of his captors and flees the boat in one of the prop boats nearby. He and his tails end up on film when they enter a high speed chase. Bond escapes with colleague Bertrand Collette to Corsica where he receives a letter two weeks late from Rene Mathis. Mathis writes that a local shipping company is tied to the Union and that he thinks it warrants investigation. Bond infiltrates the shipping service's secret entrance by cover of night and learns that The man playing cards at the Casino each Thursday is in fact Le Gérant. He is discovered and must flee the facility via a custom waterspeeder. when he returns to the boat, he finds Collette has been drowned. He works on him for several minutes and brings him to a local hospital where they reveal that he is in for a long, yet full, recovery. When he returns to his hotel room, he is met again with Marc Agne-Draco, who tells him that he has been gathering leads as to where René Mathis has been taken, but the trail went cold at the home of a Mazzere, a kind of psychic in Corsican superstition. Bond uses information from the Mazzere to find where Cesari is hiding and breaks in. Bond is then captured and brought to an underground dungeon where he is reunited with Mathis, who reveals that he has been blinded with lasers. Bond is then brought to a torture chamber where Cesari begins to explain his plan. Cesari and The Union are financing and planning the terrorist Goro Yoshida's attack against "the decadence of the west" by bombing the Cannes Film Festival.



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