Jump to content


Member Since 19 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Sep 21 2015 05:32 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: The Next Bond Novel That Fleming Planned

10 September 2015 - 08:48 PM

I'm fine with the idea of the heroines not returning--Bond's personal life is one of impermanence. There are only a few recurring characters in the books--M, Moneypenny, Loelia Ponsoby, Mary Goodnight--and they're connected with his work, his only source of stability (the only exception is May, but she's a servant). Even Bond's few recurring friends--Mathis and Felix Leiter--are work friends. He's with them only on assignment. True, the Bond girls are also encountered in the line of duty, but they usually have no reason to pop back into his life. If they did, they would jeopardize the life-work balance.


However, it is fun to try and imagine what happened to the Bond girls after their run-ins with OO7. In some cases, Fleming lets us know: Honeychile Rider had two children by the Philadelphia doctor who fixed her nose. Tiffany Case lived with Bond in his flat until she met a Marine at the US Embassy and sailed back to America to marry him (I bet the marriage didn't last). Gala Brand was of course engaged to Detective-Inspector Vivian--I presume that after she got married and had kids she probably retired from the Special Branch to become a housewife, as women often did in the 50s.

As for what happened to the other Bond girls, here are my guesses.
Solitaire: moved to Las Vegas and opened a psychic shop, telling superstitious gamblers' fortunes.
Tatiana Romanova: relocated by the Secret Service to Canada, where she met and married a Mountie. Had lots of kids.
Pussy Galore: having evaded prison, she moved to Nevada and opened the world's biggest whorehouse.
Judy Havelock: returned to Jamaica to rebuild and manage "Content," her parents' estate. Now a major banana exporter.
Liz Krest: inherited her late husband's millions and spends her days sailing around the world, collecting boytoys.
Domino Vitali: resumed her kept-woman ways, romancing rich playboys, until she married a wealthy count in Naples.
Vivienne Michel: continued her journey on scooter until she reached San Francisco, where she opened a coffee shop in Haight-Ashbury, giving poetry readings for hippies. Never married.
Kissy Suzuki: resumed life as an Ama diver in Fukuoka and raised Bond's son Taro, who after a scapegrace youth grew up to be a policeman on the mainland.
Mary Goodnight: took over her late boss's role as head of the Jamaica section of the Secret Service.
Trigger: executed by the Soviets for her failure to kill British agent 272.

In Topic: Anthony Horowitz thinks Idris Elba is "too street"

04 September 2015 - 06:43 PM

The New Statesman, which has been faithfully attacking Ian Fleming since 1958, now weighs in:


The author also reviewed Trigger Mortis for the Guardian (http://www.theguardi...itz-review-bond). The comments section is predictably dire.


Horowitz would have certainly saved himself trouble if he'd just said "based on what I've seen of him in Luther, I think Elba would be less suited for the role than Adrian Lester." But as a friend pointed out, Horowitz wouldn't have gotten into troubleif he'd said someone like Vinnie Jones was "too street" to play Bond.

Connery himself was initially regarded by Fleming as too uncouth ("an overgrown stuntman") for the part. He changed his mind, after gauging the reaction of a female friend to Connery's presence. Fleming's attitude toward the films seem to have been pragmatic--were he around in sound mind today, I don't think he'd have a problem with a black actor in the role, especially since it would give the series a good public image and publicity.

As for Horowitz, is there no such thing as bad publicity? One would think so, but audiences might avoid buying his book for fear of looking racist. It'll be interesting to see the sales figures.

As Emrayfo has pointed out, Elba is too old to have a realistic chance of playing Bond. But the media will keep--and has kept--tossing his name around because it's a way of churning controversy and stirring outrage, even if it's against someone who doesn't have a problem with a black actor as OO7.

In Topic: The Next Bond Novel That Fleming Planned

31 August 2015 - 06:31 PM

Returning to the topic, Richard Hughes's memoir Foreign Devil claims that Fleming was extremely interested in learning about and seeing the Panama Canal. Hughes strongly suggests that Fleming would have sent Bond there, had illness not intervened. Since Fleming tended to base the Bond novels on his own travels, I have little doubt that better health would have ensured a Bond novel set in Panama.

In Topic: The Spectre Trilogy to be published this October

09 July 2015 - 01:02 AM

Of course, purists should contact the publishers and IFP to let them know that it's really a tetralogy. No Spectre omnibus edition is complete without "Bedtime Story" from TSWLM.

Now this, more than the "Collected Letters", is a cash grab.


Purists would also maintain that Spectre does not appear in YOLT.  I'm not bothered by the cash grab, provided it enlarges Fleming's readership. With luck, folks unfamiliar with book Bond will be encouraged to buy this and might be impressed enough to read more, since the Blofeld trilogy is arguably Fleming's masterwork.

In Topic: Why James Bond books are still popular?

09 July 2015 - 12:52 AM

Let's remove anything offensive or even potentially offensive from Fawlty Towers - then you can get through all twelve episodes in under an hour.


Funny that you mentioned that--there's an episode of Fawlty Towers where the Major casually uses the plural form of the n-word, and from what I understand that's now edited out of current repeats (with Cleese's permission). One could argue that this backs up Double Naught spy's proposal, but I wouldn't.


The Major's use of the word shows that it could still be casually dropped well into the 1970s, which explains why Fleming casually used it 20 years earlier. But undoubtedly part of the joke in FT is that the Major, an old dotard, is casually using a disreputable word. 40 years later, the word has become more shocking, due to increased racial sensitivity in Britain, and the joke is more likely jar viewers than make them laugh. Cleese, being a pragmatist, decided a one-line edit wouldn't hurt.


With Fleming it would take far more than deleting one line to produce an inoffensive text of LALD. Actually, it's hard to determine where one would stop (should the phonetically-rendered dialogue be regularized?). Better to assume that a literary audience will realize that LALD was written over 60 years ago in a very different time--and they'll certainly realize that, because the Bond novels are now period pieces, whereas Fawlty Towers still feels less dated.