I'd really like to hear your collective views here about John Gardner's SeaFire
(1994). It features Bond settling down with Flicka von Grusse (from the previous year's Never Send Flowers
). The plot is also rather convoluted (Sir Max Tarn wants to become the new Fuhrer of a new Fourth Reich in the newly (1990) reunified Germany (making this plot neo-Nazi plot element rather absurd, even for a Bond novel, IMHO) and create a giant oil spill and clean it up - not sure if I can remember how these two remote plans are related, though, if at all?
is controversial for the inclusion of the MicroGlobe One department taking over M's department at SIS (it also features in Cold
) and a lot of readers really disliked this change in the last two books - but change was in the air from the end of Never Send Flowers
onwards. It was a plot device to get a mole on the Board (shades of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal
here?) and is used by Gardner as a plot device to smooth over the transition between the old M and the new female M in the film series. The old M from the Fleming novels was rather put out to grass from SeaFire on (he was ill and in old age) and was replaced by the new female M from the film GoldenEye
onwards, although he later reappeared in the new works by Faulks, Deaver and (in 2013) William Boyd. He also reappeared in his retirement at Quarterdeck in The Facts of Death
(1998) by Raymond Benson.
I've already written one article on the novel which can be found on my The Bondologist Blog
I have ideas for a few other articles on this novel up my sleeve which will appear on my The Bondologist Blog
in due course.
In the meantime, I'd really love to hear your views on John Gardner's SeaFire
I really appreciate all of your views, as always.