Thursday, 24 February 2011
THE COMPLETE LITERARY 007 - Wrapping up on Fleming
For Your Eyes only contained:
From a view to a kill
For your eyes only
Quantum of Solace
The Hildebrand Rarity.
The Property of a Lady
The Living Daylights
Currently all of the stories, including 007 in New York are collected in the Quantum of Solace collection.
Ian Fleming has always been a favourite writer of mine. I devoured the books when I was younger, and continue to dip into Fleming's world from time to time.
The books, although by Fleming's own admission, were pot-boilers, they represented a level of sophistication, or at least suggested sophistication, not found with other action adventure books
The Bond character was a superb creation, which is why he still lives on in popular culture today. Someone, maybe a critic, once said something like, "Bond is the man every man want to be and the man every woman wants to be with". And you know there just might be some truth in that.
Rest in peace, Ian Fleming for even now, many years since your passing, you still provide readers with many hours of pleasure. A fine legacy indeed.
He truly was an outstanding writer - and maybe because of the massive popularity of the film series, he has never been granted the full respect he deserves for his part in the development of the popular novel. The Bond books were easy to read but that's not to say they were shallow. Far from it and Fleming carried on a long tradition of adventure fiction that went back to John Buchan, Robert Louis Stevenson and beyond.
Next up in this series we start on the second stage of 007 literature, those Bond books not written by Fleming.