'Blast From The Past', 'Midsummer Night's Doom', 'Live at Five' and 'The Heart of Erzulie'
Looking Back: Raymond Benson's James Bond Short Stories
Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:29 AM
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:33 AM
Ah yes! Yet another fun little bit of trivia here.
Rarely, if ever, mentioned, but Janet Davies, the reporter in "Live at Five" is also one the very few real-live persons to appear as themselves in a James Bond story. That she gets to "date" Bond at the end might be considered a plus for her resume! She has been the local color reporter at Chicago's ABC network affiliate Channel 7 for many years and certainly is worthy of Bond's attention! The artwork of her character in the TV Guide issue is pretty accurate.
Aaaah, that concept artwork I made for The Heart of Erzulie brings back memories. Cheers, Devin and a great article too! I do hope we will be able to read THOE one day.
Thanks. I'm hoping that we'll perhaps see it included in another Benson trilogy omnibus (if one follows after the upcoming Union Trilogy).
Posted 29 October 2008 - 01:55 PM
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:30 PM
Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:40 PM
I'm just glad the entire article was finally printed in English.
Posted 29 October 2008 - 05:05 PM
Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:35 AM
The whole part with Kate was not included.
How was the opening to the Playboy version different? I am curious.
What I find strange is that one Bunt gunman is named Adolf in the full version of Blast From The Past but called Josef in the Playboy edition. What's up with that? Meanwhile, Hans remains Hans in both stories while the remaining gunman isn't named in either version. Did Benson intend to name the three gunmen Hans, Adolf, and Josef? Or is it just an odd name change for the one character while the other remains nameless?
Also, the medical examiner in Blast From The Past is named Stuart Howard, the same name as the London detective inspector in The Facts Of Death and Doubleshot. Surely, a coincidence and not the same character.