Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Two Reviews: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks and Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

After the death of Ian Fleming, various publishers have sought to extend the James Bond series, and at various times enlisted Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson to do so. In all the books they wrote, the adventures of Fleming's character simply continued – the issue of the character's increasing age generally overlooked, while the tales reflect the changes in geopolitics, technology and social attitudes.

In recent years, however, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver have each produced a Bond novel breaking with this pattern. Faulks' Devil May Care (2008) returned to the end of Fleming's own writings about the character, picking up the thread in the aftermath of his last Bond novel, The Man With The Golden Gun. Deaver's Carte Blanche (2011), by contrast, "reboots" the series, by presenting a new, youthful James Bond at an early point in his career as a double-o in the here and now.

From Screen to Page: Reading Ian Fleming
New Review: The Politics of James Bond: From Fleming's Books to the Big Screen, by Jeremy Black
The End of James Bond?

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