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Operation Thunderball

British Secret Service confidential dossier bearing the codename for Operation Thunderball.

A military operation plan (also called a war plan before World War II) is a formal plan for military armed forces, their military organizations and units to conduct operations, as drawn up by commanders within the combat operations process in achieving objectives before or during a conflict. In the James Bond franchise there have been numerous operation plans devised by both the protagonists and antagonists, often having codenames.

List of operations and projects

Name Planner Description Outcome Appearance
Bedlam British Secret Service The general pursuit of the fugitive Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Closed unconcluded; secretly replaced with Operation Corona. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (novel, film)
Corona British Secret Service James Bond must disguise himself as geneologist Sir Hillary Bray and tempt Blofeld out of Switzerland, for extraction by SIS. Failed; 007's cover is compromised and he is forced to escape from Blofeld's base of operations in the Alps. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (novel, film)
Cowslip British Secret Service In 1986, 007 and 006 were assigned to infiltrate and destroy a secret Soviet chemical weapons facility near Arkhangelsk, Russia. Success; the facility is destroyed, but at the cost of losing 006, who stages his own death. GoldenEye (novelization)
Extase British Secret Service James Bond is assigned sniper duty to help British agent 272 escape from East Berlin. Bond's duty is to safeguard his crossing into West Berlin by eliminating a top KGB assassin codenamed "Trigger" who has been dispatched to kill 272. Success; Bond adjusts his aim at the last moment and shoots Trigger's rifle instead of killing her allowing 272 to reach safety "The Living Daylights" (book)
Grand Slam Auric Goldfinger To infiltrate Fort Knox by poisoning nearby US Military personnel with deadly nerve poison (waterborne in the novel, airborne in the film) and to break into the bullion depository in a bid to increase Goldfinger's net worth (by either stealing or irradiating the bullion, in the novel and film respectively).

Failure; The U.S. military are alerted to the scheme (by 007 in the novel and Pussy Galore in the film); engaging and defeating Auric's forces.

Goldfinger (novel, film)
Mainstrike Max Zorin To destroy Zorin's microchip competition in Silicon Valley by triggering a super-earthquake in both the San Andreas and Hayward Faults; by flooding them both with water from the San Andreas Lake and then breaking the geological lock that forbade both faults from moving simultaneously.

Failure; James Bond infiltrates the operation at Main Strike mine. Zorin is betrayed by May Day, who self sacrifically removes the geological lock-breaking bomb from the fault located under the mine.

A View to a Kill (film)
Nightfire Rafael Drake To forcefully achieve globalisation. Nation states to be replaced by Phoenix International. Governments to be replaced with a single board of directors. Resistance would be crushed by threat of Drake's ballistic missiles. His command centre would be the U.S. Space Defense Platform. Failure; 007 destroys Drake's stockpiled nuclear weapons and prevents his attempt to hijack the Space Platform. Nightfire
Orchid Hugo Drax Drax plans to wipe out humanity from space, via a satellite system that would release an aerosol form of a poisonous orchid into the mesosphere.

Failure; Bond and Holly Goodhead infiltrate the station and disable its radar-jamming systems, making it visible to the Superpowers. U.S. space marines board the station and destroy it in a firefight. The remaining launched satellite is pursued and destroyed by 007.

Moonraker (film)
Thunderball British Secret Service All 00 operatives dispatched to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world to ransom in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either the United Kingdom or the United States. Success; through a series of coincidences, 007 tracks the bombs to the Bahamas and with the aid of Domino, Felix Leiter and the U.S. military, eliminates SPECTRE operative, Emilio Largo. Thunderball (novel, film)
Tierra Project Quantum A scheme by Dominic Greene to establish political and financial dominance of Bolivia by illicitly buying up the rights to their limited water supply, gaining a monopoly, and installing an amenable puppet dictator. Failure; Greene's operation is discovered and sabotaged by a vengeful Bond before Medrano can be installed in government. Greene is interrogated by 007 and is later executed by his own organization. Quantum of Solace (film)
Trove British Secret Service 009 and subsequently 007 are assigned to investigate the appearance of forged Russian treasures on the British antiques market; suspecting a Soviet scheme to raise currency for covert operations abroad or for payoffs. Success; 007 attends an auction at Sotheby's in London and follows the evidence to a rogue Soviet general who is stealing jewels and relics from the Soviet government. Octopussy (film)
Undertow British Secret Service A British operation to recover or destroy the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), a system used by the M.O.D. to co-ordinate the Royal Navy's fleet of Polaris submarines. After the sinking of a British spy ship equipped with ATAC, both the British and the Soviets dispatch operatives. Following the assassination of the British operative, 007 is sent to investigate. Success; 007 prevents Soviet contact Aris Kristatos - the man responsible for sinking the St. Georges - from giving the ATAC to General Gogol of the KGB. Bond subsequently destroys it by throwing it from the top of St. Cyril's Monastery. For Your Eyes Only (film)

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