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Topic: Who Killed Milton Krest?

No, film-only fans, the answer is not Franz Sanchez. ajb007/biggrin

I'm referring of course to the murder of Milton Krest in Ian Fleming's short story 'The Hildebrand Rarity' (1960). We the readers know that the murder suspect is either the deceased's wife Liz Krest or Fidele Barbey. Bond has difficulty in working out whodunit and so does the reader. There is probably no definitive answer to this question but it is a fascinating one to pose anyway. 

To my mind there is a stronger prima facie case against Liz Krest as her husband was strangled first with 'The Corrector' stingray tail that he had illegally fashioned into a whip. This seems like a symbolic revenge, before the fish was stuffed into his mouth.

It's an open-ended story of course and one could make a case for both Liz Krest and Fidele Barbey being the culprit. With perhaps 'Octopussy' aside, it represents Ian Fleming's only real foray into the realm of crime/whodunit fiction, of which the spy story is an offshoot of course.

Those are my views, but I'd be very interested to know what others think about who is culpable for the homicide of Milton Krest. It's likely that there is no right or wrong answer, but I could be wrong of course.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Re: Who Killed Milton Krest?

I always thought given how Bond's attitude to Krest's wife changes. Bond definitely had his
suspicions about Her.

"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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Re: Who Killed Milton Krest?

Thunderpussy wrote:

I always thought given how Bond's attitude to Krest's wife changes. Bond definitely had his
suspicions about Her.

Yes, Bond is definitely reluctant to go with her on the ship to Mombasa, despite the obvious attractions of her beauty [are there shades of Andrea Anders wanting rid of Scaramanga in the 1974 TMWTGG film there?]. He thinks especially of the nasty way in which Milton Krest dies.  ajb007/amazed

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Re: Who Killed Milton Krest?

I agree with you that it's likely Liz Krest, SM.  With the literary device that Fleming used, the murder was not only "poetically" justified as retribution, the ambiguity in terms of practical and legal culpability imply that the Universe was also involved in meting out this justice.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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Re: Who Killed Milton Krest?

Based on the comic strip adaptation I think Nyla Larsen may have done it.  Bond doesn't think she did but I think Bond is more interested in other things - and who could blame him.

Nyla is a brunette, whereas Liz is a blonde so it's unlikely Liz could have concocted such a modus operandi ajb007/wink

Regardless, the dirt bag died and they all live happily ever after.  ajb007/martini  ajb007/smile

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