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Destroyer is great edgy pulp-fiction with a dash of the mystical and lots of ottp social commentary, violence and humour.
#3 (Chinese Puzzle) isn't a bad book to start with. As the authors will acknowledge, it wasn't until the 3rd book, that they got the Remo/Chiun relationship figured out, and the whole vibe of the series down.
Now about Tremor of Intent, it is a brilliant novel, but the spy aspect is a secondary aspect. The book is about moral, duality and identity. It uses elements of spy fiction (and of Fleming's books especially the sex and gluttony) but turns them on their head. You will find in it some of the themes of A Clockwork Orange, about free will and conditioning. And not to give too much away there is a torture scene that is both funny and chilling.
I intend to write something for the blog on Burgess and Bond - I do think that it was a piss-take of the stereotypical James Bond film, though, more than a serious attempt. That's the impression that I got, anyway! Otherwise I don't understand the Fleming purist that is Burgess' reasoning.
It was a really strange take and I cannot picture any Bond actor playing in it, let alone Roger Moore. There was a S&M relationship with the Bond girl, for instance. It was more Burgess than Bond, definitely. But some of his ideas remained pretty far in the development of TSWLM. SPECTRE taken over by youthful anarchist was directly taken from Burgess's script, where an evil terrorist organisation is strictly motivated by the arbitrary (and eccentric) use of power.I don't think Burgess seriously thought they would accept his script.
Other anecdotes: he wanted Sean Connery to play the main character of Beard's Roman Women in the movie adaptation that never happened and he once had the same agent as Ian Fleming.
Agreed, there. Certainly more Burgess than Bond.
So, what are your favourite books by him?
Didn't SPECTRE's plan involve them trying to have the Queen strip down and bare all on live TV? :))
Also Bond killed a dead villain by drowning him in shark's fin soup.
And then he seasoned the soup. :))
Sounds like a riot!
I wonder if he ever read Christopher Wood's novelisation of his final script, as it is one of the most Fleming-like continuation novels of all - in terms of style, description and sweep, not necessarily plot!
I understand it is possible to like 'serious' Bond and 'far out' Bond (I do) but his comment on the wacky films in that preface seemed slightly at odds with his own wacky script ideas.
I have just found this article which suggests he at least owned the Wood novelisations and that novelisation rights to Burgess' script are still valid!
From what he wrote in his autobiography, I think he knew his script had little value. He didn't write it as a spoof, more as a bitter satire of what he considered Bond had become. If I remember correctly (I need to check in his autobiography again), he said he didn't want to write it but felt compelled to give it a try. He ends the film with everybody dying, including Bond. This is way beyond a spoof, almost script as a mean of suicide (for Bond and the series). Tremor of Intent is subtitled An Eschatological Spy Novel. I think hos TSWLM was a bit of an eschatological script.
Sounds like a well-observed piss-take to me, though you are right!
I have a copy of that novel as I was planning a piece on him again after the start I'd made on an article way back in 2006, so I'll have to read that one soon. I believe that it's very good, if a different type of spy novel from the norm.
Do you mean Anthony Burgess?
Well, he was very interested in Fleming and Bond, he wrote a draft script for TSWLM, but that was it. Some of the ideas he had made it into the final film script we know of as the released TSWLM.
It is a very different kind of spy novel, almost an anti spy novel in a way. Another great novel of his where the Cold War is used as a backdrop is Honey for the Bears, where East West relationship and identities are studied through a very original perspective.
I wonder which ones exactly though, as the script was really out there.
On the TSWLM script, it may only have been elements like the hijacking of subs plot, I think, on memory.
Got to reread his autobiography but I doubt they kept anything.
Yes, I bought his autobiography too in 2008 for this very purpose. I still intend to write an article on Burgess and Bond for my blog at some point.
Yes, one then wonders how much of the stuff on TSWLM is true as it all seems so far-fetched and into the realm of parody.
According to his autobiography, he lost his virginity three times, so we need to take what he says about TSWLM with a pinch of salt.
Yes, quite. That's a neat trick. I think there was an article on Burgess going by the draft TSWLM script, so I shall have to read that before writing on Burgess.
Your Blogs sound intresting may I ask where do you write them?
At Schloss Drache, the Rhineland.