Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Code name for the SPECTRE nuclear hijacking operation in Never Say Never Again. It’s also the legendary place mentioned in the Arabic inscription on the priceless pendant that SPECTRE master spy Maximilian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) gives to his mistress, Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger). As Largo explains, “The Prophet wept for the barrenness of the desert, and his tears made a well.”

The surface of the pendant is actually a map, with the diamond marking the site of the Tears of Allah, which is now a huge underground archaeological dig. The dig also marks the beginning of a huge Middle Eastern oil field—where SPECTRE places the second of its hijacked atomic bombs. Approaching the site via XT-7B flying platforms, James Bond (Sean Connery) and Felix Leiter (Bernie Casey) don wet suits and enter a well, traverse an underwater passageway, and arrive at the dig itself. Backed by divers from a US nuclear submarine, Bond and Leiter launch an attack against Maximilian Largo’s SPECTRE forces.


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