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Captain Nikolai Stolypin was a fictional Soviet naval captain of the Aleksander Kolchak in the 2019 James Bond novel Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz.

Biography

Early Life

At some point during his life, Stolypin joined the new Soviet Union, and became a Captain in its Navy. He was married to a woman named Irma Stolypin.

Forever and a Day (2018)

in 1949, one year before the main events of Forever and a Day, Stolypin was in command of the 600 foot Chapayev class cruiser Aleksander Kolchak, and was on a propaganda tour of the Mediterranean. While stationed in Monte Carlo in the south of France, Stolypin allowed an attractive French woman to take him into the Monte Carlo Casino, where he became enamored with the Roulette table. While he initially made smaller bets, the more success he saw, the higher his bets became, and the more and more plaques he won. However, he quickly began to lose money, and came back for two days straight and lost every time. Now only a week before the Kolchak left, Stolypin became desperate and broke into the ship's paymaster's safe and taken money from the crew to gamble with. On his last night in the casino, Stolypin gave orders for the ship to fire on and destroy the casino at 6:00 if he was not back aboard at 5:15 that night. At 5:00, after failing repeatedly at the roulette wheel, he threw his chair back and demanded an audience with the manager, a mister Emile Tournier and in his private offices along with the rest of the casino's board and a stranger by the name of James Bond, and he told them his plan. Having already resigned himself to loss, he refused the owner's attempts to repay him. Bond asked for a moment alone with Captain Stolypin, and the owners evacuated. Bond asked Stolypin to think of his family and his wife, and consider the consequences of destroying the casino: a potential war, and disgrace in the Soviet Navy, while offering the potential to take the money and return home with no-one any wiser.

Stolpin agreed, but before he left the casino and gave the order not to fire, Bond pinned him to the wall and demanded the frequencies and times that the Kolchak was sending messages back to Kronstadt. Stolypin obliged, and ran back to the ship to give the order not to fire.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 76. ISBN 0062873628. 
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