Will somebody please tell me why Samantha decided Bond wasn't really called Bond. We know him as Bond, James Bond. To me, someone's trying to be too clever for their own good - and unnecessarily so.
I don't think the problem rests with Ms. Weinberg or with Bond not being named Bond; I think it rests with the conceit that Fleming was writing the chronicles of an actual agent.
I dislike that aspect of Pearson's book, but don't let it get in the way of my enjoyment of that book. And I dislike it here, but now that I have the book, I see that it doesn't really affect the story itself, just the interchapters.
Anyway, that particular conceit that I dislike was created by Fleming himself, in one of his less brilliant moments, IMHO, when he mentioned it in the obituary in YOLT, which always struck me as highly unrealistic. I think it was intended as a cute throwaway joke, not dogma dictating the literary future of his creation. But IF it were true, though, that he was chronicling the life of an active agent in his books, then it makes PERFECT sense to me that the name would be changed. I mean, it would HAVE to be, right? You can't really be a SECRET agent if everyone knows your real name. (People would probably go around saying things like "I know you! You're that secret agent! That ENGLISH secret agent! From ENGLAND!" all the time!)
So, at the risk of sounding heretical, I think that Ms. Weinberg may have actually IMPROVED on the great Ian Fleming (to whom I mean no disrespect) in this one particular aspect, in making that little joke of Fleming's seem remotely plausible.
But I'd be much happier if the whole thing could have been chucked out from the start, and we could just enjoy Pearson's bio and The Moneypenny Diaries as further fictions within the fictious world of 007 and not have to pretend like they're "real." (I think I'm on the same page as you with that, right David?)
But it's really not that big a deal, and I can't wait to dive into The Moneypenny Diaries in earnest. I may not like that one little aspect, but I don't think it's going to seriously hamper my enjoyment.
Edited by Brisco, 01 November 2005 - 04:36 AM.