We’ve talked sleuthing. We’ve talked people watching. We’ve talked curiosity. We’ve talked actually spying on our neighbors (good job, Diane!).
But so far in our month of spying, we haven’t discussed the epitome of cool as far as spies go: Bond. James Bond.
And I’m not making light or going for low-hanging fruit here: Bond has a nice literary pedigree to go with his movie fame.
Point 1: He’s basically the first thriller star. With Bond, Ian Fleming was able to take the simple matter of catching the bad guy and turn it into more than sleuthing, but real, seat-of-your-pants spying. Sure, there were spies before, but there wasn’t Bond.
Point 2: Not only did he appear in twelve books and two short story collections by Fleming, he’s been carried on by several different writers since Fleming’s death.
Point 3: Those twenty-three movies featuring Bond? They not only make a lot of money for whomever happens to be playing Bond at any one time, but they also do a great job of keeping the books alive. And as writers, that’s a pretty good thing to hear, right? If even one of the moviegoers who saw Dr. No picked up a copy a bookstore or library, just imagine what else they might get while they’re there.
As for favorite Bond movies? My husband—who has seen every Bond movie in existence—would probably give me a hard time for going for a non-Sean Connery one, but I have to go with Casino Royale. I love the suspense and the stakes and the tragic love story, not to mention the fact that Bond does some real spying. It’s not all about the cars and the gadgets and the wizardry. It’s about what he can find out and from whom without getting killed.
What’s your favorite Bond movie/book?