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Achille Aubergine was a fictional French private detective. A minor character portrayed by French actor, Jean Rougerie, he first appeared in the 1985 James Bond film, A View to a Kill. The character, spelled "Aubergene", was subsequently adapted for the 1983-87 tabletop role-playing game James Bond 007.

Biography

Aubergine was hired by the French Jockey Club to look into the possibility that Max Zorin may be involved in a horse-fixing scheme. Looking for a lead, James Bond has lunch with Aubergine at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. As "Dominique and the Enchanted Papillons" perform during the meal, Aubergine informs 007 that the Sûreté (French National Police) has no information on Zorin prior to his arrival from East Germany. Bond asks if Zorin could be using drugs to improve his horses, only to be told that nothing had showed up in the tests. After informing Bond that Zorin will hold an annual sale at his stud near Paris later that month, he is suddenly murdered by May Day using a poison-barbed butterfly prop.

Alternate continuities

James Bond 007 (role-playing game)

Introduced during the A View to a Kill module of the tabletop role-playing game, player characters (PC) meet Aubergene at the Tour Eiffel Restaurant.[1] Aubergene avoids business talk until they order champagne: he will discuss Paris, the weather, wine - anything except Zorin. After, he will let the characters know that a "nameless American firm" has retained him to investigate Zorin. He has not been able to uncover anything illicit; in fact, his forays have led him to believe that Zorin has essentially a spotless record. He has checked with the Sûreté (the French FBI) and they have no records of him. He will comment, "Of course, the Sûreté's records are, how do you say, somewhat incomplete."[1] The waiter will take their orders, with Aubergene ordering soupe au pistou and an omelette au fromage. He will mention that he was hoping to gather some further information by approaching Zorin directly - at his yearling (horse) sale, which takes place at his chateau over the next two days. Aubergene takes a sip of his soup and begins to choke, quickly falling face first into the poisoned soup, dead.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Bond 007: Role-Playing In Her Majesty's Secret Service, A View to a Kill adventure module, "Part III: Places and Events", Victory Games, 1985, p.22

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