The power of SMERSH is growing to such proportions that the heads of the British, French, American and Russian secret services get together to see what can be done about it. Their solution is to force agent James Bond, now Sir James Bond, out of retirement to deal with the situation. This they do by blowing up his country house; in the bombardment "M" is killed. Bond's first duty is to console ''M's" widow in Scotland, "M" proving to be McTarr of the Glen. McTarry's own family is replaced by a band of SMERSH agents, with the intention of sullying the fair name of Bond, hitherto incorruptible. But Bond enchants "Lady Fiona" (Agent Mimi) and escapes the murderous intentions of her "daughters".
Back in London, Bond decides ...
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