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Graham Greene is without doubt a master albeit PussyNoMore has a strong preference for the novels that Greene himself categorised as 'entertainments' rather than his other works.
If you like Greene - hopefully you've tried the master, Eric Ambler?
You can now listen to the debate.
LeCarre somewhere down the list,maybe #10.
Excellent review @pussy.
It appears Horowitz distinguished himself admirably in the service of Both Fleming and Bond
May he be commissioned to scribble numerous future 007 adventures.
@0Brady, totally agree, a sensual writer, he got under the fingernails, and yes, his character, above others, has survived and is an icon.
I would love to become a part of the readers in your Flemings series, how can i join?
Good review. Horowitz did exemplary job on behalf of the Fleming works!
An excellent review sir! I listened to the audio recording via the Intelligence Squared podcast recently and can only wish I'd been there in person to see it. As a fan of both Fleming and le Carre, for different reasons, it made for interesting listening.
I'd agree that Alex Macqueen would make an excellent villain though I'd be curious to see what Simon Callow would make of such a role as well given his comments towards the end.
I will be sure to watch it sometime soon, now that the full experience of the night is on offer.
Watching Matthew Lewis on stage, I noticed as others have before that he could be a possible candidate for Bond in the future. He's got the look and reminds me a bit of George Lazenby, but his voice isn't quite there, isn't quite as smooth, suave and deep as other Bond actors have had, with an accent...I don't know if he could work with that for the role...but there seem to be lots of other possible candidates already in line ahead of him should Daniel Craig not return.
I love both authors, but obviously my vote goes to Fleming. It'll be a pleasure to delve into Le Carre's full bibliography over time... so many works to look forward to! So far I've only read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, TTSP, Our Kind of Traitor, and A Most Wanted Man.
In the opinion of PussyNoMore it was really Deighton that opened the door for Le Carre.
Had the fabulous 'Ipcress File' not created the Anti-Bond phenomena it's doubtful that there would have been a public appetite for a work as bleak as TSWCIFTC at that point in history.
You have a lot to look forward to. PussyNoMore's personal favourites are 'The Honourable Schoolboy' (by far and away the best of the Smiley trilogy and one of the best books of the last century - any genre), 'The Tailor Of Panama' ( a great homage to Graham Greene), 'The Night Manager' (a phenomenal tale of revenge), 'The Constant Gardner' (a tale of corporate greed) and his last to date ' A Delicate Truth' (ripped from today's headlines would be an apt description).
PussyNoMore loves Fleming but he understands why Le Carre won despite Horowitz's strong and entertaining advocacy.
PussyNoMore remembers reading TSWCIFTC when it came out.
There was a lot of hype but as a teenager he found it heavy going. Re-reading it years later its genius was apparent and the excellent movie encouraged him to give it another go albeit he does consider Le Carre's later work to be his best.
Wouldn't a head shot of the author at least have been on the book's dustjacket?
It was a different era then, obviously, and professional football wasn't remotely as big as it is today. But star players (including starting quarterback Y.A. Tittle) and coaches were impostors and weren't recognized by panelists for who they were.
So, having watched a number of these, I can understand why panelists wouldn't recognize Le Carre as he was just starting to become famous.