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Major Tallon

Member Since 05 Nov 2006
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In Topic: Merry Christmas

24 December 2016 - 09:17 AM

Merry Christmas, everyone!

In Topic: Fleming's Last Lines

16 December 2016 - 07:32 PM

They have a copy of State of Kuwait, but I focused on Bond.


I'll note that I previously answered ggl's question, but my answer seems to have disappeared.  I pointed out that the Lilly Library is accessible to the public, so long as you don't have an ink pen in your possession.  Also, you can't photocopy anything in the Fleming collection without permission from the estate, and good luck with getting that.  That's why I had to hand-copy the Fleming materials.  There are many more editorial changes to the early books (hundreds of them) than to the latter ones, I suspect because Fleming had a typist re-type his original manuscripts of the latter three or four prior to sending them to the publisher.  In the case of FRWL, one of what I call "the early books," he re-wrote the last several chapters and gave the book a "happy ending," and those chapters have never seen the light of day (except by me and a couple of other obsessive fans). 


I'd love to see the manuscript of TMWTGG, but, as I've noted, Lilly doesn't have that one.

In Topic: Fleming's Last Lines

14 December 2016 - 03:53 AM

Bless you, Revelator, for finding this.  To answer hoagy's question, since Fleming wrote the proposed notes for a Bond TV series well prior to writing the manuscript of TMWTGG (early in 1964), the handwritten corrections to the latter draft novel came after anything Fleming wrote in connection with the proposed TV series.   


I've spent numerous hours at Indiana University's Lilly Library, copying out Fleming's handwritten revisions to the James Bond novels, but TMWTGG is one of three manuscripts that Lilly doesn't have (Thunderball and Octopussy being the other two).  There would have likely been handwritten corrections from Fleming throughout the manuscript for TMWTGG, but seeing the final lines is a real find.  Thanks for spotting these and making them available to us. 

In Topic: MGM: 007 films to come out on a 3-4 year cycle

06 December 2016 - 10:48 AM

You raise some good questions, SecretAgentFan, though there's a reasonable answer to your last one.  There's a considerable difference between knowing how to load and fire and an automatic pistol and using a submachine gun.  Madeleine's familiarity with the former wouldn't necessarily make her adept with the latter.

In Topic: The Art of (Cold) War

03 December 2016 - 06:30 PM

I still have the first two chapters saved, clinkeroo, so I'll be picking up from where I left off!  Good to see you back . . .and writing again!