Devil May Care

A variety of authors have written 007 novels since the death of Bond´s creator, Ian Fleming -- and the results have been mixed, to say the least.
Faulks´ author credit on the book (´Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming´) is both revealing and encouraging – the author has reportedly said that he undertook the task with total seriousness, and he has tried to work within the parameters of the Ian Fleming formula (Faulks re-read all the extant Bond novels and stories) rather than the more glossy film incarnation. Among several very canny moves by the author is his decision to keep his 007 in the 1960s rather than catapulting him into the 21st century (as other ersatz Fleming novels – and, of course, the films -- have done. So how successful are the results?

Fleming aficionados can relax – this is a sterling job of recreation, and a novel that functions with total authority in its own right. The evocation of time and place (or places, notably Paris and the Middle East) is impeccable, as are the plotting and detail (as colourful and violent as anything in Fleming); there is a satisfyingly unpleasant larger-than-life villain, Julius Gorner, with a grotesque deformity of the kind Fleming often gave such characters (the chapter ´The monkey´s hand´ gives this away) and grandiose, evil ambitions. Best of all, this is Ian Fleming´s James Bond – not a superman -- worried about his health and his physical powers (which he fears may be on the wane).
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  • Product code: 1781346
  • Barcode: 9780141041346
  • Added: Jun 2, 2009
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
  • Publishing company: Penguin
  • Year of publication: 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0141035455
  • Book format: Paberback
  • Pages: 400
  • Size: 110x180

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