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Is Boyd's novel an 'ending' for Fleming's Bond?

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#31 hoagy



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

You know, there IS another literary possibility that has not yet been explored.....Bond in the Future !  Futur-Bond-arama !  Rayguns !  Outerspace !  Sex in zero gravity !  And- oh, my....I am SO sorry.  That HAS been done, after all.  Moonraker....doh !

#32 Dustin



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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:30 AM

I'm not at all certain Bond won't go there (again) in the future. The moment human life in outer space becomes a more common reality the pop culture - Bond included - will pick this up again. And it's not as if science fiction was a secret-agent-free zone. Dominic Flandry even predated Bond, and the trend never entirely ceased, with 'Agent Cormac' for example keeping the Bond references up until very recently.

#33 seawolfnyy



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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:00 AM

Based on what Boyd said when describing the story, it almost seems like Skyfall set in 1969.

#34 CasinoKiller



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

Has he even said anything about this book lately? I think there's been very little said about this book since the initial announcement...

#35 Matt_13



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

Has he even said anything about this book lately? I think there's been very little said about this book since the initial announcement...


A fair amount, actually. Post #140 has some links: http://debrief.comma...novelist/page-5

#36 Skylla



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

I cannot see Boyd killing Bond in this. I suppose you can do a lot today when you get the gig from IFP. But a few things will be strictly verboten:

  • Bond coming out of the closet
  • Bond defecting
  • Bond being killed or losing - on a permanent basis - parts of his anatomy or eyesight or hearing or sanity (though that would not bother some, who perhaps might not even notice anything's missing)
That said I strongly suspect Boyd's book could be meant as a kind of closing, even though it's probably neither a permanent one, nor will it mean anything for the next continuation. Think THE LONELY SILVER RAIN, probably without the offspring angle. Boyd most likely will leave the door open for anybody coming after him.


The lonely silver rain was one of the few perfect endings because MacDonald passed away soon after the release and there are no continuation novels, so the Busted Flush will stay in harbor as long as we get a descent TV-series by HBO. And for Bond´s end of the road i always like to dream it as a mix of John Pearsons The authorised Biography and Clive Cusslers Night Probe...   

#37 TheREAL008


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:59 AM

You know? I'm not comfortable with Boyd saying Bond is an alcoholic. I'm worried that Boyd will try to place Bond in that kind of frame. He may sound like he knows what he's doing, but at this point I'm highly skpetical.