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Comic #1872

1 {scene: A chess tournament. Two players sit engaged in battle across a table, watched by seated spectators following the game on a giant board on the wall behind them.}
1 [caption]: International Masters Championship. Kronsteen v. McAdams.
1 Kronsteen: {drinking a glass of water} Hmm... a message on my coaster. "You are required immediately - Number 1"
2 Kronsteen: Check.
2 McAdams: <sigh> I resign. Congratulations sir, that was a brilliant coup.
3 {scene change: An office on a luxury yacht}
3 [caption]: Some time later...
3 Number 1: What kept you, Number Five?
4 Kronsteen: Pulling out early would have looked suspicious. I had to finish my game... which advanced me to the semi-finals. Spassky had an eye infection, delaying Week Three...

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This is the scene following the opening credits of From Russia With Love. It's a great scene, with an absolutely incredible set (the upper portions of which were actually a matte painting, since the room they filmed it in wasn't tall enough for the look they wanted).

Interestingly, the fictional Kronsteen and McAdams are shown playing an actual historical championship chess game: Spassky versus Bronstein, from the USSR Championship, played in Leningrad in 1960.

The gag in this strip actually echoes Ian Fleming's novel in content, as explained in this article. Unfortunately, the film does not include the words of explanation given by Kronsteen for why he delayed his departure from the tournament.

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