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#1 zencat

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 06:10 PM

Hey gang! CBn has scored a major interview with SilverFin/Young Bond author Charlie Higson!

It's a long interview, so while Mr. Asterix works his magic making it look great, here's a bit of cool news as a teaser.

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#2 Bondian

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:11 PM

This IS indeed excellent news John :) , and I cannot believe there's been no response to this thread. :)

I bet Charlie's been a member here for years, and one day he'll reveal his true identity. Let's hope it's not MooMoo. :) LOL

Congrats Cbn. :)

All the best,

Cheers,


Ian

#3 zencat

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:14 PM

Hehe...

Yes, you might find the interview somewhat revealing, Bondian. :)

It's a truly amazing interview. I'm soooo pleased with how candid he was and how much info he shared about the upcoming books. As far as I know, this will be THE FIRST real, in-depth interview with Higson about Young Bond anywhere.

But on topic...Book 2 sounds very cool! :)

#4 Qwerty

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:17 PM

Looking fantastic. Can't wait to finally be able to read the books!

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:31 PM

Hehe...

Yes, you might find the interview somewhat revealing, Bondian. :)

I'll look forward to it. :)

It's a truly amazing interview. I'm soooo pleased with how candid he was and how much info he shared about the upcoming books. As far as I know, this will be THE FIRST real, in-depth interview with Higson about Young Bond anywhere.

Was this interview live or over the internet Mate?.

But on topic...Book 2 sounds very cool!  :)

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I've still got read a Fleming first otherwise Qwerty's going to remove my living privileges. :)

It would be interesting to know if Charlie's going to write another Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) series too?.

I'll read Silverfin very soon. :)

Well done again CBn.

Cheers,


Ian

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:38 PM

Was this interview live or over the internet Mate?.


We planned to do it over the phone, but the time difference between LA and the UK made this tricky, so I ended up just emailing him the questions. It's taken a few days to get them back and we've all been on pins and needles. I'm happy now we did it via email because it allowed him to give very complete answers, but it would have been fun to talk to him in person too.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:44 PM

I've still got read a Fleming first otherwise Qwerty's going to remove my living privileges.  :)

It would be interesting to know if Charlie's going to write another Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) series too?.

I'll read Silverfin very soon.  :)

Well done again CBn.

Cheers,


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LOL! :)

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 07:45 PM

We planned to do it over the phone, but the time difference between LA and the UK made this tricky, so I ended up just emailing him the questions. It's taken a few days to get them back and we've all been on pins and needles. I'm happy now we did it via email because it allowed him to give very complete answers, but it would have been fun to talk to him in person too.

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That's very true John, and it's probably the most convenient way for both party's. :)

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 08:05 PM

Very candid and very interesting. I enjoyed Silverfin when I first read it last November/December, I must say and I'm glad someone as knowledgeable as Higson is writing a series of novels that can be as tricky as these must be.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 08:11 PM

That interview is AWESOME! :)

Charlie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us! :)

Now I will start calling Book 2, Double M. :)

#11 Qwerty

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 08:11 PM

Thoroughly interesting. This guy really seems like he knows his stuff, and it's nice to finally hear the author's words on a book we've all been talking about for so long.

:)

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 08:16 PM

Double M. Hmm... Miles M_____ perhaps?

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 11:12 PM

Very interesting interview. I'm looking forward to reading this book even more now :)

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 11:22 PM

...I'm looking forward to reading this book even more now :)

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[mra]Same here. I

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 11:33 PM

A very intelligent, and very, very funny fellow. Looking forward to the book more than I had been. I almost spat up my lime Diet Coke when he mentioned Silverhead and Silverfist :) .

I know Ann Fleming thought that Bond was humorless, so it would be nice for Mr. Higson to prove her wrong without going too far overboard.

I am also encouraged that IFP and Mr. Higson allowed the story to dictate its own length; I always felt that many of the Gardner's and Benson's lost their sense of pace trying to reach some mythical word/page count.

The one question I was interested in, that you touched on a bit with your adult Bond novel query, was if there was any buzz from the IFP, and naturally EON, about who would handle a film novelization for Casino Royale (that is, unless EON plans on doing a faithful adaption...yeah, right :) ). It seems like Higson could keep things light enough to make it work.

Great job, zencat!

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 11:40 PM

[quote name='clinkeroo' date='23 February 2005 - 15:33']The one question I was interested in, that you touched on a bit with your adult Bond novel query, was if there was any buzz from the IFP, and naturally EON, about who would handle a film novelization for Casino Royale (that is, unless EON plans on doing a faithful adaption...yeah, right

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 11:57 PM

...but I didn't want to go off an tangent about novelizations and other people's work (when I preparing the questions I thought I'd be doing this over the phone).


Yeah, it would have stood out. Plus, Benson, always made it sound like the films were more EON's bag, and that the IFP, and Benson's, involvement were more out of convenience, an afterthought, if you will. My guess is, if one gets done, it would be a last second deal.

It's funny that Higson's mention about being more interested in working on the script of a Bond film, was similar to Christoper Wood's response in a recent MI6 interview. Too bad, if there were to be an adaption, it would be great if one of these two gents could do it.

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 12:08 AM

If I may say. :) To be honest, I didn't like the idea of a young Bond, nor did I think that Charlie could pull it off.

I'm going to make a sandwich, and eat my own words. :)

Cheers,

I. Fleming. :)

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 12:29 AM

Good stuff John.

"There are also echoes, of course, of his adult drug taking (he

#20 zencat

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 12:33 AM

[quote name='mattbowyer' date='23 February 2005 - 16:29']Good stuff John.

"There are also echoes, of course, of his adult drug taking (he

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 12:44 AM

snipped from the interview...

CH: I look at all the websites and have been following the arguments with great interest (I occasionally join in, using a pseudonym), but it doesn

#22 zencat

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 12:49 AM

[quote name='Athena007' date='23 February 2005 - 16:44']
snipped from the interview...

CH: I look at all the websites and have been following the arguments with great interest (I occasionally join in, using a pseudonym), but it doesn

#23 Atticus17F

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 01:31 AM

Great interview, Zencat (and great scoop!)

I wasn't really interested in this book to begin with but I'm now intrigued. He obviously knows his stuff and he's still pretty enthusiastic about it ... I just can't get used to the idea of Charlie Higson writing Bond books, though. One minute he's Bob Fleming, the next he's Ian Fleming ... it's bizarre. :)

#24 zencat

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 01:49 AM

Great interview, Zencat (and great scoop!)

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Thanks, Atticus17F. But credit goes to the whole team on this one, especially McCartney007 and Mister Asterix. It wouldn't have happened without them.

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 01:51 AM

Very cool interview, John and co. Sounds like they could be on the right track with this.

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 01:53 AM

Great interview, Zencat (and great scoop!)

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Thanks, Atticus17F. But credit goes to the whole team on this one, especially McCartney007 and Mister Asterix. It wouldn't have happened without them.

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Remember, there's no I in TEAM. :)

#27 Atticus17F

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 01:56 AM

My mistake. Congrats and thanks to the Team! :)

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 02:01 AM

Posted Image
"My name is Bond. Young Bond."


I love this picture! :)

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 02:14 AM

I almost spat up my lime Diet Coke when he mentioned Silverhead and Silverfist  :)

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Two things:
  • You and me both.
  • I wish lime came with the ordinary coke as well.


#30 Qwerty

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 02:24 AM

Posted Image
"My name is Bond. Young Bond."


I love this picture! :)

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It's outstanding. :)




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