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The Charlie Higson CBn Interview II


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#1 Mister Asterix

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:48 PM

An exciting new CBn Interview now on the front page:



The Young Bond Dossier's John Cox catches up with Young Bond author Charlie Higson


#2 Major Tallon

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 10:58 PM

This was an excellent interview. Well thought out, incisive questions from someone obviously familiar with and fond of the material, matched with intelligent, informative replies.

Good stuff.

#3 DLibrasnow

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 12:07 AM

You just made me a very happy man Charlie.

I was hoping and hoping that we would get the Alps adventure that Charlie had talked about, and here he confirms that the fifth book will be set in the Alps.

:cooltongue: :angry:

#4 Simon

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 12:50 AM

Top interview there fella.

While I have not read any of these books, he does appear to be on top of the game and well respected for it.

Best of luck to him.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 01:42 AM

A simply amazing interview - thanks to zencat for his excellent questions and to Charlie for his insightful answers! (And Evan for some of his best graphics to date!)

Great work!

#6 Qwerty

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 02:14 AM

Another brilliant interview simply overflowing with all that info Young Bond fans love.

Interesting to hear how they pushed Hurricane Gold up a bit. Kind of nice though to finish the series next year with the Centenary novel and events going on though.

Every question and answer were thoroughly interesting. Great job! :cooltongue:

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:50 AM

Bril interview zen! :cooltongue:

#8 sharpshooter

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:02 AM

Charlie is brilliant. Good responses.

As for Book 5 being in the Alps, this is absolutely brilliant news. A fitting end to the Young Bond series it being in Book 5. A snow flavoured cover perhaps?

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:12 AM

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#10 sharpshooter

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:14 AM

Heh heh.... indeed.

#11 zencat

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:34 AM

Thanks all. Doing this interview was a really enjoyable experience as it was done face to face. Unlike all my other CBn interviews, which have been via email, this was done via iSight (I think Paul may use sound clips in the Podcast). I've never done anything like this, and it really throws up a new set of challenges. You have to be prepared, but also loose enough to go where the conversation takes you. But what made it easy is Charlie is just incredibly generous and just keeps giving and giving. I'm thrilled with how much into we got on HG and Book 5, and I feel like we touched on just about everything.

Also, Mister Asterix did a FANTASTIC job with the graphics and layout, which is why this interview is here on CBn and not on my own website. The CBn Interview is a class act. :cooltongue:

And I'm also thrilled with the news of Book 5 being set (partially) in The Alps.

#12 Jim

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 08:20 AM

A magnificent interview and exactly the sort of thing that, if one wasn't bothered with Young Bond before, should set the interest running.

Brilliant.

#13 zencat

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 03:20 PM

Thanks Jim. Means a lot to me coming from you. :cooltongue:

#14 spynovelfan

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:43 PM

Excellent interview! Extremely interesting and informative. Thanks.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 09:37 PM

Also, Mister Asterix did a FANTASTIC job with the graphics and layout, which is why this interview is here on CBn and not on my own website. The CBn Interview is a class act. :angry:

And I'm also thrilled with the news of Book 5 being set (partially) in The Alps.


I was wondering why the interview was on CBn instead of your website zen. Mister Asterix certainly did do a very impressive job on the graphics and layout.

And, you know I am excited about the Alps featuring in Book 5. :cooltongue:

#16 zencat

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 12:04 AM

BTW, I've consolidated the juicy Young Bond 5 info HERE for those who want the scoop on the next book but are too lazy to read the whole interview. :cooltongue:

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 12:42 AM

BTW, I've consolidated the juicy Young Bond 5 info HERE for those who want the scoop on the next book but are too lazy to read the whole interview. :angry:



Thanks Zencat! :cooltongue:

#18 zencat

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 04:59 PM

Excellent interview! Extremely interesting and informative. Thanks.

What did you make of Charlie's theory that Moonraker may have been something Fleming was working on pre Bond?

#19 K1Bond007

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 05:33 PM

Excellent interview! Extremely interesting and informative. Thanks.

What did you make of Charlie's theory that Moonraker may have been something Fleming was working on pre Bond?


Oh it's true. Fleming had the idea back in WW2 as a movie. Acknowledged it at one point when he explained how Moonraker was essentially just an expansion of that story. In the original, IIRC, London was actually destroyed by a V2 though. I think... I'd have to look it up.

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 05:37 PM

Oh, well, there you go. Thanks K1.

Also found it interesting that Charlie said Fleming never liked the idea of sending Bond to North Africa (hence, Charlie selected Mexico over North Africa for HG). Wonder what issue Fleming had with North Africa? Seems like a good Bond locale to me. But I love that Charlie takes into consideration what Fleming would have done (or not done).

#21 K1Bond007

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 05:58 PM

I can't recall anything about North Africa that would lead Higson to that conclusion. I don't know..

#22 zencat

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:03 PM

I can't recall anything about North Africa that would lead Higson to that conclusion. I don't know..

I'm always intrigued when Charlie says something like this because he probably has access to unpublished Fleming material or gets these things in conversation with the family...so when he talks Fleming, I listen.

BTW, speaking of the Fleming family, interesting that Charlie changed "Amaryllis" to "Precious" for fear of possibly offending the family. I haven't yet scanned FAVTAK for the "cheeky" reference to Amaryllis.

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:51 PM

I haven't yet scanned FAVTAK for the "cheeky" reference to Amaryllis.


You won't find it there.

It's actually in TLD, when he compares "Trigger" the Russian cello player to Amaryllis somebody...

#24 zencat

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 07:01 PM

I haven't yet scanned FAVTAK for the "cheeky" reference to Amaryllis.


You won't find it there.

It's actually in TLD, when he compares "Trigger" the Russian cello player to Amaryllis somebody...

Ah, cool. Thanks.

#25 Mister Asterix

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:38 AM

I haven't yet scanned FAVTAK for the "cheeky" reference to Amaryllis.


You won't find it there.

It's actually in TLD, when he compares "Trigger" the Russian cello player to Amaryllis somebody...

Ah, cool. Thanks.


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Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:43 PM

Excellent interview, John. :cooltongue:

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:05 PM

Excellent interview, John. :cooltongue:

Thank you sir. :angry:

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:30 PM

I did this interview before I read Hurricane Gold. Had I read the book, I would have asked Charlie about the shampoo Bond uses. He makes quite a point of the brand name and Bond's love for it...certainly it's from Fleming somewhere. But where?




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