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Please close this one and continue in the other thread dedicated so far to Trigger Mortis.
+1 ...seriously once news on anything is announced then the threads will trend back to topic. Almost impossible to stay on point if there's no points to discuss.
Frankly, if we followed this logic there would be one post for Dr.No the movie and all the others would just morph into that !
Perhaps for the literary fans there should be one post for CR and we should all just work around that ?
Thankfully the film fans are a little more strategic and sorry, and given that PussyNoMore is a Bond book fan through and through he would like a thread devoted to this particular novel in order that news is not lost.
There has already been significant news on this project.
The publishing rights are back with JC and TR007 has discovered that it will be a prequel to CR and contains original Fleming material.
These, for those of us that care, are incredible developments and there will be many more announcements over the next two years - that is the purpose of this thread.
As for the accretion that opening a new thread for a new book may be ego driven. I would like to reassure SaintMark that this is definitely not the case and to suggest otherwise is just disingenuous blowhard stuff.
My thoughts to the letter! It's just the usual discrimination against literary Bond fans. The lion's share of threads here are on the Bond films after all. Just saying...
I know how you feel. It is absolutely the best news that Horowitz is back. After the triumph that is TM. It would have been sad indeed had they recruited another member of the celebrity literati.
The fact that it looks to be a prequel to CR I also find super interesting. It will allow Horowitz a huge amount of creative latitude.
Will he cover the start of the post war "Universal Export' ? The creation of the '00 section ? The recruitment of the first '00s ? Will the novel start with the appointment of 'M' himself ? The possibilities are endless.
If IFP have allowed a prequel they have really taken the shackles off Horowitz and have given him the possibility to do something special. Fleming himself wrote precious little about Bond's history so it really is a green field opportunity.
It sold VERY well.
I don't think it quite achieved DMC's numbers but Faulks had the centenary and novelty on his side but it arrested the decline started by CB and which accelerated with SOLO.
With regard to this site, I do think it's primarily for the movie buffs. Thats fair enough but I do sometimes wish IFP would open a forum on their site. It would be more likely to attract literary aficionados who have actually read the novels and give them somewhere to hang out.
That's actually a really good idea.
There is nothing wrong with this thread at all. Those with no interest in it don't have to read it.
Good post. Hopefully exciting times lay ahead for the Horowitz Bond.
With Steve Cole cranking out very excellent new Young Bonds and Horowitz again firmed up, Bond lit is in quite excellent shape, I dare say.
Too bad I can't say the same for the stuck-in-the-mud film series. Let's get off the potty Babs! But I'll save that rant for another day. Grrrr.
It is and the possibilities are endless.
It will be interesting to see if Horowitz takes some distance from CR to allow himself the flexibility of re-visiting the period or if he bumps up right against it as he did with TM & GF.
Personally I'd like to see him start it with the post war consolidation of Mi6 under 'M', the transition of Bond from Naval Intelligence and his recruitment into the 00section.
That said, given that the books are always set over a condensed time frame so maybe all of this will be just background.
As Q would say: "yes, I concur!"
Cole is doing a great job. I have read the first one and have almost finished 'Heads You Die'. I am looking forward to 'Strike Lightning' and one reviewer said that Bond spends less time with his friends in this yarn which is good. That's my only niggle with the first two along with the fact that possibly there isn't as much inner monologue on Bond's behalf as there is in Higson's books but still, Cole is doing splendidly. Better than atleast a couple of Higson's books and probably almost as good or equivalent to the rest. I would have to re-read the Higson books to accurately judge though. Aside for 'By Royal Command' which is fantastic, I have only read the others once, when they were first released.
I would like it if it was, because Higson pretty much nailed this biography but I won't be surprised if it isn't. Hisgon and I think Cole too, refused to read Pearson's book.
Previous adult Bond continuation authors John Gardner and Raymond Benson certainly did read Pearson's biography of Bond though and used it as a source in some of their stories. It's unclear whether Anthony Horowitz will follow suit but my gut feeling is that he will not and will rely solely on Fleming's writings.
Higson revealed in a recent interview that he was specifically told by IFP NOT to read Pearson's biography or any of the continuation authors as they wanted his only influence to be Fleming's works. Wether he adhered to that doctrine at the time or not, only he knows but he has looked at it since because he was quite disparaging about it later in the same interview. He just didn't rate it as a book.
I know it has its fans but personally I concur with Higson. I just think it's a bad book.
Regarding Horowitz, at the launch of TM, he did mention that he'd read CS, DMC, CB, SOLO and of course, all the Flemings. The only continuation novel he was publicly complementary about was CS. He told me privately that he didn't care for the others and had found Boyd's particularly disappointing.
I do hope Anthony does a few Bonds. Although I loved TM, I did leave it thinking that his next could be an absolute classic. I seriously think he's got a FRWL, MR or OHMSS in him.
I base that not only on TM but also what he did with the Holmes franchise with 'House Of Silk'. That book was up there with the absolute best of Doyle.
Oh, that's interesting. Thanks. Didn't know this. I think many of the stories that Bond relates to Pearson read like Fleming short stories. I adore this book and it's still my favourite continuation.
My only two real problems with Trigger Mortis were that the racing scene was a bit short albeit wonderfully written and Horowtiz being a tad light on the descriptions of locations. This leads to a lack of atmosphere. I would say that Cole is also guilty of the latter. I hope that both these authors become a bit more descriptive. I accept the fact that modern thrillers must be faster paced than the long since past golden days of literature but a tad more description would be fantastic.
Bounine makes a very interesting point - if Horowitz can keep the pace whilst injecting more descriptive detail he will be going for gold.
I also think - as I may have said elsewhere - that both he and his editor need to be more rigorous regarding period detail. I love that he is writing in Fleming's timeline but that creates an obligation to get it right.