Posted 11 July 2007 - 06:46 AM
Oh IFP, how I crave to lick exotic juices from you. I love you, IFP; thank you for showing me a little love in return.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Bond, in all its manifestations, is now something to admire, not simply something to acquire. No longer the chore of dutifully plodding along to the films or buying underwhelming books, being a "Bond fan", we are living in a golden age my darlings. I joined this website at the wrong time and developed a reputation as a capricious, curmudgeonly old whoopsie - I really cannot find anything to moan about at the moment. This new sensation - do they call it "happy"? It's troubling me.
Round these parts (which we will call the comfy bourgeois of the UK), the name Sebastian Faulks is pretty big news so it will sell on his name as well as Bond's name. Business masterstroke - they are tapping into a market that isn't just "spy novel fans" or "Bond fans" and probably people who wouldn't otherwise be seen dead reading (say) Brokenclaw or Never Dream of Dying, or would be aware that they even exist. I expect this to shift in huge numbers and have substantial literary credibility. It could, of course, be rotten but the track record suggests otherwise.
What a coup!
(Although it probably counts against a new series of novels - he doesn't need Bond to make his name or his money; also, Penguin are not his usual publishers and I would doubt his regular publisher would be happy with anything other than a one-off).