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Reade Griffith is a fictional CIA agent who appears in the 2018 James Bond novel Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz.

Biography

Forever and a Day (2018)

Reade Griffith was a CIA agent investigating Corsican drug trafficker Jean-Paul Scipio in the south of France. He worked briefly with 007 on his assignment. After 007's death, Griffith rode to the man's apartment on his Aiorne Tourismo to search for clues, Griffith found an intruder in the flat and held him at gunpoint with his M1911 Colt Service Ace. The man attacked him and knocked the gun out of his hand before slamming his fist into Griffith's throat. When he finally came to, he learned that the man was the new 007, a man named James Bond. They decided to investigate as a team, and looked over the clues left for them at a cafe in town.

They met up again in the morning to investigate a company called "Ferrix Chemiques" and to investigate the place where 007 had been killed. Griffith came up with a cover story for them, and they went into the chemical company with Reade posing as Bill Plover of Polygon Agrochemical Supplies, helping Bond as "Mr. Howard" of Universal Export to find a partner in Europe. They met with the company president Andria Mariani, and Griffith was able to get a tour of the facility while Bond went to find the original of a copied invoice left to the two by his predecessor. The fire alarm went off and the building was evacuated, but Griffith was unable to find Bond, and was told that he had escaped using a different route. Not believing the story, Reade went to find the man, and discovered him tied to a chair on the floor of a warehouse, where he had been tortured by Scipio.

Following the sinking of the Mirabelle, which results in Scipio's death, M assigns Bond to assassinate Irwin Wolfe who managed to escape on a lifeboat. Bond goes to Wolfe's property in Los Angeles, where he finds Wolfe dead and Reade Griffith there. Griffith tells Bond that he killed Wolfe and disguised it as a suicide on behalf of the CIA. Bond begins to suspect that Griffith had informed Scipio and Wolfe of his identity and presence in the south of France.

Bond also knows that the CIA supports organised crime in Corsica in exchange for their help to fight the communists in the port of Marseilles. Griffith does not deny and acknowledge this, but he does confirm that he thought the deceased 007 had known that Wolfe was working with Sixtine in which he wanted to get information on this from Scipio. Griffith arranged an appointment with the agent, but Scipio pulled out a weapon and killed 007 without giving Griffith time to intervene. As they begin to head out, Bond shoots Griffith by surprise. Before vacating the premise, he stages the crime scene to make it more clear that Griffith had killed Wolfe.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 50. ISBN 0062873628. 
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