May 24, 2008


Sebastian Faulks' James Bond apes Ian Fleming's creation: He has battled a man with a golden gun and gone head to head with villains whose deadly weapons include metal jaws and lethal top hats. (Roya Nikkah, 24/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Faulks’s book is the 22nd authorised Bond novel since Fleming’s death in 1964. The first was penned under a pseudonym by Kingsley Amis. The last was written by Raymond Benson six years ago but only sold 5,000 copies in the Britain. [...]

Faulks, who wrote the book in just six weeks, has said that he wrote it 80 per cent in Fleming’s style. "My Bond is Fleming’s Bond - not Connery, or Moore or Craig, for all their charms," he said. "And yes, my Bond drinks and smokes as much as ever. My female lead - the "Bond" girl - has a little more depth than Fleming’s women, but not at the expense of glamour."

Faulks has described his Bond, who has been widowed, as "more vulnerable" than his previous incarnations, but "both gallant and highly sexed".

"Bond is damaged and ageing and, in a sense, it is the return of the gunfighter for one last, heroic mission".

Gotta love the quintessential British hero in a Western trope.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2008 9:18 AM
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