Written by Mr. Mouseburger 31st Mar 2006
Kindly submitted by Mr Briggs Inc.
Valentin Zukovsky has just found out that Elektra King is going to exterminate an entire city as part of her revenge agenda, and so he is helping James Bond locate her. Just as he deduces her location is in Maiden's Tower, a bomb in a case left by his former henchperson Bull (q.v.) explodes, “killing” him.
Later at Maiden's Tower, Bond is captured and bound to a strangulation device by King who is ready to make one final twist that will end his life. Fortunately though, Zukovsky, who was in reality only wounded by the bomb, is leading an assault on Maiden's Tower killing several henchmen, including Bull, in the process.
Upon emerging into King's room, he asks jokingly where his nephew, a Russian navy man, is. He sees his nephew, Captain Nikoli's, hat and, knowing that his nephew is dead, he furiously demands that King bring it to him. King holds the hat over her stomach, which allows ample concealment of a gun, "it's too bad, he's just dead" she says as she fires her hidden weapon, leaving two holes in the top of the cap.
Zukovsky falls to the floor, in great pain, and in no doubt that he is dying. His last action is to aim a gun that is cunningly concealed in his cane toward Elektra King, but at the last moment, he ends up pointing it at Bond. Valentin fires, and loosens one of Bond’s restraints. Smiling in satisfaction and with a knowing nod to Bond, he drops his head to the floor and dies. "Wow," says King coolly as ever "he really hated you" not understanding that with his last actions, Valentin has just freed our hero.