Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ian Fleming Centenary

James Bond creator Ian Fleming would have been 100 years old today. His fictional character is certainly one of the most famous in the world. To celebrate the occasion, the Fleming estate commissioned Sebastian (Charlotte Gray) Faulks to write a new Bond novel, which is out now, Devil May Care. I flipped through it and it looks interesting (although I think the book itself is lacking a bit in presentation).

I have read all of Fleming's Bond novels and I have several favorites: Casino Royale (a terrific "first" novel which can be read in one sitting), Live and Let Die(one of his most descriptive), Moonraker (a great book of which none was used for the movie), From Russia With Love (faithfully adapted into one of the best 007 movies of the series, if not the best), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (perhaps the best of Fleming's novels).

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