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It sounds like a kind of expanded universe of James Bond but I hope that he features too. I'm sure he will as that's what people buy the admission ticket for. The media marketing seems to be suggesting that this is the first female Bond author though of course Samantha Weinberg was the first with the Moneypenny Diaries.
Edit: According to the Guardian article Bond actually doesn't feature at all. I kind of suspected that from what I'd read so far but I wasn't entirely sure if they'd go with that. Well, that's definitely a novel approach! :)
Read more about the new novel series at the Guardian here:
Yeah that's really weird.
No, it's not period set it seems. The Guardian article quotes them as saying it will feature a new set of Double-O agents for the 21st Century so it's set in the contemporary time.
Well, maybe it'll be great, I obviously don't know anything about it yet; but there are certain concepts that make you go "ooh yeah!" and this isn't one of them.
The logo is very nice.
To be honest, after her performance in NTTD, I’d be up for a Nomi spin off film or limited series.
What I'm most curious about is Bond's role. Sure, he won't be featured, but considering Ian Fleming Publication's hook ("James Bond is missing"), he still exists in a form or another. It's set in the contemporary time, but is the missing Bond an agent from the Cold War or from the 21st Century? Is the character from Fleming's book or a new iteration?
I have a feeling that we are not the target audience for this.
I know nothing about Kim Sherwood, but something tells me that this might be a "young adult book" trying to get that young audience.
At least that's the vibe I get based of the info.
You could be right in that they're trying to tap into a new youth market with fresh agents unlinked to the James Bond character construct and the problems entailed in updating the literary Bond to the current age. She's certainly young enough herself (born in 1989) so that puts her at 32. As far as I'm aware, she's actually the first Bond author to be younger than me. Eek, Dragonpol's missed the bus! :)
Me: Man I want to see James bond adventures in the modern era.
IFP: what you want to read about other 00 agents and not bond in the modern era here ya go...
ME: but no why I :(
I may check it out but man Maybe this will lead into Kim doing the modern James bond novels.
I suppose Carte Blanche wasn't as popular and profitable as IFP hoped and convinced them that modern day Bond adventures weren't that interesting for them. I find it hard to believe that Deaver's novel was only an one-off considering the time he spend to build a supporting cast for his 21st Century Bond.
Pretty much how I feel about it. It's just not grabbing me.
agreed I still haven't read anything that I liked as much as Carte Blanche in recent years .. I know everyone here loves Horowitz but I dont get it.
I guess it could the 95 year-old 007 has gone missing... ? :D
Seconded. James Bond without James Bond doesn't appeal to me.
I suppose they're trying to tie the literary Bond in with the developments seen in the latest Bond film, NTTD, by making it more feminist, "woke" and post the #MeToo era. Obviously trying to update the Fleming literary Bond to this extent would be a tall order for any prospective author (though that never stopped Gardner, Benson or Deaver previously) so they've decided to create a new set of characters altogether to populate this new 21st Century Double-O Section.
There's perhaps only so much you can do with an "elegant anachronism" (as they first called Lord Home upon his becoming prime minister in 1963) like the literary James Bond before he becomes yet another museum piece. Updating a literary character that started life almost 70 years ago to the vastly different present day could lend itself to charges of incongruity and sheer ridiculousness. In the words of L.P. Hartley, "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." The thing is that when you strip away everything that makes Bond...well...Bond, and even remove him from the story altogether, missing presumed dead, what are you left with? Certainly not something that every Bond fan will gladly or excitedly buy into, that's for sure. On the up side, it might bring some new readers into the literary Bond world in much the same way the Young Bond novels hooked children and young people into the literary Bond's world and helped them to discover Fleming's works.
Teletext?! :D Surely that's not still going?
I was thinking the same. That went the way of the dodo in about 2009. The BBC's Ceefax ended in 2012. I think he means the BBC Red Button news text service though which is still ongoing?