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Thriller-writer Ian Fleming has more positive ideas on Christmas: "Ideally, the only possible place to spend it is Monte Carlo. You don't have to eat turkey--a detestable bird. There aren't any people there you know at this time of year, and it's perfectly easy to play a little golf and avoid over-eating." But even for the creator of James Bond, the ideal is not always attainable, and Mr. Fleming will in fact be spending his Christmas near Belfast, reading three good American thrillers, including the latest Rex Stout, and "going to church in a long crocodile with the rest of the family" on Christmas morning. His one way of simplifying Christmas is to give the same present year after year to all and sundry. It consists of a dozen snuff handkerchiefs from Fribourg and Treyer.
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A word from M:
"'Fraid we've got to go through the turkey and plum pudding routine. Mrs. Hammond's been brooding over pots & pans for weeks. Damned sentimental rubbish."
My favourite gift to give is calendars. Eminently useful, easy to wrap and fit in a suitcase!
You're in luck then, because next year I will be flooding the board with Fleming!
Thank you @Revelator. I've not read that before but I knew Fleming and his wife visited Shane's Castle in Antrim over Christmas. Funny enough I live in the same county of Northern Ireland. And a flood of Fleming is just what the doctor ordered, @Revelator!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, good sir!
Aquavit, huh. Never had the pleasure.
Flavoured spirit (caraway, dill) of Scandinavia since the 15th century. Usually 80 proof or so.
With its 20 December publish date I'd like to include the earlier Atticus piece with an On This Day post. If I get anything wrong please suggest a correction.
2016. James Bond hunting Santa.
I thought about it the other day, not sure if its worth doing for the remainder of the month. Though perhaps members could just post freely anything Christmas related?
Ex-member @BondJasonBond006 started it and maintained it in the first year of its existence (2016) which maybe explains why it has fallen into abeyance this year. That, and the absence of @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, who successfully ran it last year. I even contributed to it myself both years.
If anyone is interested @BondJasonBond006 runs a Bond Instagram page and has continued the advent tradition https://instagram.com/momentsinbond?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1e1mh7orgpknw
Also been watching Ian Fleming Publications for their annual holiday well-wishing.
A little short of that is this nice yuletide image posted on Instagram.
The original "Everybody needs a hobby." ;)