It's 1955 and the Russians plan an act of terrorism. Choice of target? James Bond. To be 'killed with ignominy': a major sex scandal will leave his reputation, and that of MI6, in tatters.
Colonel Rosa Klebb of the KGB devises a plan to lure Bond into their trap, using beautiful Corporal Tatiana Romanova as bait - plus a Spektor, the latest Russian decoding device. MI6 learns that Tatiana wants to defect and 'M' orders Bond to Istanbul. When Tatiana makes contact she seems to be in love with him - but is she? Either way, he soon falls for her and they leave Istanbul together, accompanied by larger-than-life Darko Kerim, Head of British Intelligence in Turkey. The climax of the drama includes a surprising confrontation between Bond and the murderous Rosa Klebb.
In writer Archie Scottney's brilliantly evocative 'radio screenplay', we see another side to 007. Unsure of his judgement, can he bring the lovely Tatiana safely to England, along with the precious Spektor? Will the Russians succeed in having Bond killed? If so, who is the would-be murderer?
This is Jarvis and Ayres' third James Bond dramatization.
General/Rene - John Sessions
Kronsteen - Mark Gatiss
Major/KGB director/Barman - Jon Glover
Rosa Klebb - Eileen Atkins
James Bond - Toby Stephens
May - Aileen Mowat
Moneypenny - Janie Dee
'Q' - Julian Sands
Manager/Conductor - Matthew Wolf
Tatiana - Olga Fedori
Announcer - Micky Stratford
Nash - Nathaniel Parker
Ian Fleming - Martin Jarvis
Specially composed music by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.