Mission 3: Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
Plot Summary: With help from inside M.I.6, a former Italian
syndicate member (Giovanni Di Fortelli) targets the new double-ohs
along with many others for assassination by giving terrorists a
deck of cards with their faces on them. This would cover for moving
the headquarters of the organization he belongs to, TAROT, into
England -- and would be financed by holding the North Sea oil
- Impressed with their last mission, the new M
invites the double-oh's to his club. Unfortunately, his
health food kick means that the club has no alcohol and
unappetizing-looking salads. 008 (Falstaff) gets a call,
but in the phone booth he is attacked by a burly man and
a woman with an uzi. He defeats them handily, and finds
a playing card -- the 8 of spades -- with his picture on
it in the woman's pocket. Later, M informs them that
this is further proof of the leak in MI6, which seems to
be in Q branch. He asks them to take a retreat at a
health spa with various Q agents. There they investigate
several of the Q operatives: Dr. Elaine Turner, Dr. Walter
Cobbett, Jonathan Maclean, Dr. Lawrence Powell, and
Captain Michael Roberts. A ruse by 003 suggests Turner or
Maclean as the watchful, nervous ones. On the second
day, Falstaff visits the village where a drive-by shooting
is attempted on him. At last, they find a note encoded
to Dr. Turner which points the finger at her.
- They follow Dr. Turner on a weekend cruise to Aberdeen.
On board, they bug her room and overhear her plotting
with Giovanni Di Fortelli. He reports that "3" has
now been taken care of. Hyde later finds out that his
wife Marie and daughter Sally are on board. In a face-off,
DiFortelli reveals that they have already been poisoned
and wants to bargain for the antidote. Hyde instead
captures him and tortures him into revealing it. He
finds a number of cards on him, including:
Sebastian Hyde, 003 - 3 of Spades
They then follow Dr. Turner to a meeting with "Esther" at
the docks in Aberdeen. Esther turns out to be a ship headed
to bring supplies to the North Sea oil rigs. They alert
M.I.6 regarding Dr. Turner and sneak on board. They find
a secret compartment which they open to find Louis Luca
surrounded by a set of high-explosive mines.
James Bond, 007 - 7 of Spades
Quentin Falstaff, 008 - 8 of Spades
Blake Cannon, 009 - 9 of Spades
- (Scheduled for August 21, 2004)
Getting the drop on Luca, they then talk with his boss,
who introduces himself as Karl Skorpios. After some
pleasantries, Skorpios activates the mines. All three
agents run for it and the ship is blown apart. 003 (Hyde)
and 009 (Cannon) are picked up by a U.S. frigate in the
North Sea, where they encounter Naval Intelligence officer
Scott Tomlinson. 008 (Falstaff) is missing, and is picked
up by a brawny Scottish fisherman named Phil McRevice.
Investigation of the remains turns up more cards.
Scott Tomlinson - 10 of Clubs
They are briefed on Skorpios and his nascent TAROT organization.
They remember an address on a package in the mine room,
100 Eaton Place in Edinborough. That turns out to be the
estate of Lady Victoria Lynn Richmond. 009 (Cannon) sneaks
in and investigates her office and goes through the papers
in her safe. She did and job for TAROT and was offered a
position, but had not accepted it yet.
Eileen Goldstein - 6 of Diamonds
- (Scheduled for September 11, 2004)
003 (Hyde) and 008 (Falstaff) check out the address
listed, but it is abandoned and trapped with a nerve gas
cannister. Hyde does find that call was placed to there from
M.I.6 headquarters within the past week, though. Tomlinson
encounters Dr. Turner, who drops by Lady Victoria's estate to
recruit her. He gets a ride from her and bugs her car, but she
escapes and flushes the bug. They are re-equipped by Q and
find a lead to the hotel, but it turns out to be a trap based
on false information given by Jonathan MacLean, who was
blackmailed by Dr. Turner into helping her. However, he had
overheard about how they were leaving by boat. The agents then
crash in on the boat (literally) and decisively capture
DiFortelli and his operation. Tomlinson finds his girlfriend
Eileen in the boat with someone named 'Paolo', who tries to
take her hostage. He rescues her, but has strong suspicions
that while she wasn't part of the plot per se -- her banking
business is quite dirty. Dr. Turner escapes, however.
- Dr. Elaine Turner: a pharmacology specialist at Q Branch, who
was revealed by the double-oh's to be a traitor.
- Dr. Walter Cobbett: an automobile specialist at Q Branch.
- Jonathan Maclean: a cryptographic and electronics specialist
at Q Branch, who was nervous enough to notice Hyde's note-taking.
However, after an semi-intimate evening with him, Falstaff
thought him unlikely to be a traitor.
- Dr. Lawrence Powell: a aeronautics and space science specialist
at Q Branch.
- Captain Michael Roberts: a former field agent who was
recruited into Q Branch for his work in jury-rigging and
- Louis Luca: the Northern Italian infiltrator who tortured
Hyde, who was incapacitated in one shot by Falstaff while in
a meeting with Prince Kamal.
- Giovanni Di Fortelli: an Italian mobster who apparently left
the syndicate. He is now apparently involved in an operation
known as TAROT.
- Karl Ferenc Skorpios: the founder of TAROT, spoken to only
- Lady Victoria Lynn Richmond: a high-class burglar and fence
who has used her position as the widow of an English lord to
cover her many thefts.
Date: July 1984
Experience: 5000 (4 sessions at 1000 each, with the final
one doubled for a successful ending), and 3000 for Tomlinson.
Fame Points: +13 for Cannon, +3 for Falstaff, +8 for Hyde, +8 for Tomlinson.
Real-world Background: There are many references to England's
state of affairs here. Thatcher-dominated eighties England was
beginning to have some hope of recovery. However, Irish terrorism
remained a major force, in 1984 compounded by problems with the
miner's strike. Later that year (on October 12), the Brighton hotel
bombing would take place: killing five people in an attempt on
Thatcher and other cabinet members. On the other hand, discovered in
the early 1960s, the North Sea oil reserves are one of the largest
non-OPEC producing regions in the world. The first North Sea oil came
online in 1971, but the fields were not intensively exploited until
rising oil prices in the 1980s made exploitation economically
feasible. Inacessibility and dangerous conditions at the floating
offshore rigs require complex and expensive production methods.
John H. Kim
Last modified: Sun Sep 26 20:56:22 2004