Hello literary community!
I am writing an article and wondered if anyone would like to get a mention by offering their thoughts on this topic? Call it crowd-sourcing and feel free to go by a nom de plume
or by real name.
Ian Fleming wrote the foreword to the book The Seven Deadly Sins - published in 1962 and containing essays by some of England’s finest writers on their sin of choice including his friends Patrick Leigh-Fermor, W.H. Auden, Evelyn Waugh, Edith Sitwell and Cyrill Connolly, but declared that the traditional seven deadly sins (pride, envy, anger, sloth [accidie], covetousness, gluttony and lust) were no longer sufficient; he proposed seven deadlier sins more worthy of a ticket to Hell.
In chatting with @Revelator
, clearly all of these are manifest in a variety of Fleming's characters (is Bond guilty too?):
: Goldfinger cheating for money at canasta and golf plus his gold lust, Drax cheating at cards, Blofeld trying to bribe "Bray," Le Chiffre buying up brothels to use their girls, Von Hammerstein killing the Havelocks to get their house
: Le Chiffre's torture of Bond, Largo's torture of Domino, Dr, No's torture course, Masters's revenge on his wife in QoS, Krest beating his wife in THR, Wint and Kidd in DAF
: Blofeld in OHMSS of course, Vivienne Michel and Drax both complain about English snobbery, the menu in TB,
: Goldfinger's rants about smoking and drinking, Dr. No's monologue, Blofeld's self-justification in YOLT, M's healthy phase in TB, Sender in TLD
: We drew a blank, but perhaps the Russian statements in FRWL and TMWTGG, maybe Bond bombing the Cuban rebels in QoS, Kristatos in Risico?
Vesper's betrayal?, Bond not helping Krest's wife in THR, Smythe in OP
: M toward Bond in DN, Spang slapping the salon girl and wanting her fired in DAF, the Robber in LALD, Grant's anti-British attitude in FRWL, Drax's hatred of the English
Any thoughts very welcome with reciprocal credit due.