Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Happy 100th for the man who gave the world Bond, James Bond

To celebrate the May 28 centennial of Ian Fleming's birth, Penguin UK and Doubleday in the US will publish a brand new James Bond novel -- by another author, of course. According to Amazon. com, Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks, "is set in the Cold War, picking up where Fleming left off in 1966 with Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming, has created the perfect continuation of the James Bond legacy. Devil May Care features all the glamour, thrills, and excitement that one would expect from any adventure involving Bond . . . James Bond." Well, let's hope so.

BTW: Speaking as someone who'll turn 56 later this year, I'm more than a little shaken (not stirred) to be reminded that Fleming was the same age when he died of a heart attack in 1964. (No, that's not a typo: Octopussy and The Living Daylights -- a collection of short stories -- was published posthumously.) He lived to see only the first two 007 movies: Dr. No and From Russia With Love.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm going to celebrate with a dry martini, a Morland cigarette and a double silencer shot to a bad guy's back.