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And even though the monster wields such terrifying power that, almost to the end, its dark presence is the dominant factor holding sway over the world described by the story, it has one weakness which ultimately renders it vulnerable. Despite its cunning, its awareness o f the reality o f the world around it is in some important respect limited. Seeing the world through tunnel vision, shaped by its egocentric desires, there is always something which the monster cannot see and is likely to overlook.
The source o f the threat is traced to a monstrous figure, Humbaba, who lives half across the world, at the heart o f a remote forest. The hero, Gilgamesh, goes to the armourers who equip him with special weapons, a great bow and a mighty axe. He sets out on a long, hazardous journey to Humbaba's distant lair, where he finally comes face to face with the monster. They enjoy a series of taunting exchanges, then embark on a titanic struggle. Against such supernatural powers, it seems Gilgamesh cannot possibly win.
As conceived by Fleming, the basic Bond story (one or two vary the pattern slightly) unfolds through five stages rather like this: 1. The 'Call' (or Anticipation Stage): The hero, a member o f the British Secret Intelligence Service, is summoned by 'M', head o f the service, and told o f suspi cious goings-on somewhere in the world which appear to pose a deadly threat to Britain, the West or mankind as a whole. Bond has been chosen to track down and confront the source of this evil, and the general mood o f this opening phase is one o f anticipation o f the immense task to come.