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"Blast from the Past" is the tenth James Bond short story and the first to be written by Raymond Benson. It was first published in the January 1997 issue of Playboy magazine.

Benson has acknowledged that Playboy cut 1/3 of the story for space reasons.


"Blast from the Past" is a direct sequel to Fleming's You Only Live Twice and appears to exist outside the timeline of either Benson's or John Gardner's other Bond stories.

Bond receives a message, apparently from James Suzuki, - his son with Kissy Suzuki - asking him to come to New York City on a matter of urgency. When Bond arrives, he finds his son murdered. With the aid of an SIS agent, he learns that James was killed in revenge by Irma Bunt, the onetime companion of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and a woman who Bond assumed had died alongside Blofeld (again in You Only Live Twice).


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