"Midsummer Night's Doom" is the eleventh James Bond short story and the second written by Raymond Benson. It was first published in the January 1999 issue of Playboy magazine. It was later reprinted as a bonus feature in the 2011 omnibus Choice of Weapons: Three 007 Novels.
In a special story commissioned to help celebrate Playboy's 45th anniversary, Bond is assigned to attend a party at Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills California where Ministry of Defence secrets are expected to be sold to a representative of the Russian Mafia.
While there, Bond meets Hefner who is aware of his mission and who actually provides Bond with several gadgets a la Q. Bond also has time to enjoy a quick romance with real-life Playmate Lisa Dergan, flirt with other Playmates including Victoria Zdrok, and rub elbows with the likes of actor Robert Culp and singer Mel Torme.
Dergan has the distinction of being, to date, the only real person ever to be awarded the status of Bond Girl. (Several other Playmates are referenced by name in this story, but Dergan is clearly Bond's girl of choice on this adventure.)
- Some sources give this story the erroneous title "A Midsummer Night's Doom", since the title is a play on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
|James Bond short stories|
For Your Eyes Only (1960):
"From a View to a Kill" -- "For Your Eyes Only" -- "Quantum of Solace" -- "Risico" -- "The Hildebrand Rarity"
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966):
Charlie Higson (2009)