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Jean-Paul Scipio is a fictional Corsican mafia boss and heroin smuggler who serves as a main villain in the 2018 James Bond novel Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz. He aids Irwin Wolfe in his plan to ship heroin to America.

Biography

Early Life

Scipio was born to an olive farmer in 1905, but at age ten in 1915, his father and neighbors began to dispute land claims, leading to them killing most of Scipio's family. His throat was slit as a precaution against revenge. He managed to survive with severed lymphatic vessels, which lead to his immense weight gain.

He was smuggled into Paris by family friends and quickly began a life of crime with La Bande des Trois Canards, a gang of notorious racketeers known for their brutality that worked out of a nightclub on the Rue de la Rouchefoucauld. Scipio himself was known to kill his enemies by smashing them with his immense body mass.

After World War II he moved to Marseilles, and got involved in the narcotics trade and by 1950 he owned 80 percent of the product moving through the port. While he loves food and alcohol, his lack of interest in women lead to suspicion that he was homosexual. Despite his stance as a businessman, Scipio never learned English or French, and operated entirely in his native South-Corsican dialect of Pumuntincu.[2] When Madame 16 was in town, Scipio invited her to dinner in order to see what she knew. Due to the United States' collaboration with the Corsican mafia to combat Communism, Scipio was able to purchase the loyalty of CIA agent Reade Griffith. Griffith informed him that a British Agent was onto him, so they arranged a meeting, and Scipio shot him three times in the chest before dumping his body in the La Joliette Basin.

Forever and a Day (2018)

With all of Marseilles under his control, Scipio believed he was untouchable. He was able to buy out the services of several people on the docks in order to learn when the British Agent 007 was arriving at Scipio's affiliate company Ferrix Chemiques, where Bond was kidnapped and taken to a warehouse where Scipio arrived with his translator and two hired thugs. The spy was tied to a chair, and Scipio threatened the man with a warning to take home, by feigning splashing him with hycrochloric acid, and using the fear of bodily mutilation to torture him psychologically. He left Bond passed out after having tipped his chair over and hitting his head on the floor. Griffith had insisted that he only use water instead of actual acid, leaving Scipio hungry for the chance to engage Bond unrestrained. His spy later informed him that a Monique de Troyes could provide information on his having killed 007 and the connection between him and Wolfe, so he sent out a hit on her.

Scipio was seen again aboard the Mirabelle, a cruise liner smuggling 12,000 pounds of Scipio's heroin to the United States, as part of the grand scheme of American businessman Irwin Wolfe. Wolfe brought two prisoners to the first class passenger bar, where Scipio enjoyed a brandy Alexander. The two tried to bargain with Scipio to get him to betray Wolfe, but being a proud Corsican, Scipio was bound to his word. He then sat Bond in a chair and beat him with his ringed fists while explaining that he would get the man addicted to heroin, and thus make him a willing servant. After cracking a rib and leaving Bond's face puffy and bleeding, he sent them away with the order that they be kept alive. However, during the night an explosion came from the engine room. Scipio took his translator and tried to get to the lower decks, but found the path blocked by seawater, rushing in after a second, larger explosion. The pair were forced to take a ladder down, but Scipio was too large to fit through the hatch in the floor. Eventually the prisoners came by. Jean-Paul begged for their help, but Sixtine shot him through the eye, and they left the gangster to drown in the rising water.

References

  1. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 33. ISBN 0062873628. 
  2. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 32. ISBN 0062873628. 
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