August 17, 2010

WELL, LECARRE HAS ALWAYS ROOTED FOR THE ENEMY INSTEAD:

James Bond was a neo-fascist gangster, says John Le Carré (Anita Singh, 17 Aug 2010, Daily Telegraph)

To his millions of fans around the world, James Bond is the quintessential British spy.

Yet to John Le Carré, 007 is a "neo-fascist gangster" who would ply his trade for any country provided he could get a plentiful supply of beautiful women and dry Martinis.

In a 1966 interview with Malcolm Muggeridge, newly re-discovered in the BBC archive, the author and creator of the decidedly unglamorous spy George Smiley was scathing in his assessment of Ian Fleming's suave secret agent.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2010 5:35 AM
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