Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You Only Live About 23 Times: The Wall Street Journal Reviews New James Bond Continuation Novel, Carte Blanche

Michael C. Moynihan wrote a good review of Jeffery Deaver's new James Bond continuation novel for the Wall Street Journal.

In 1953, former naval-intelligence officer Ian Fleming introduced readers to the British secret agent James Bond with two wonderfully evocative sentences: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are naseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling - a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension - becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it." Fleming died in 1964, just when his Cold War creation was undergoing transformation into a hugely popular film franchise. He completed a dozen novels.

The runaway success of 007 demanded that Fleming's saturnalia of sex, genocidal villians and Cold War spycraft be continued by a capable literary ventriloquist.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:


I reviewed the previous literary ventriloquist's James Bond continuation novel, Devil May Care, for the Philadelphia Inquirer. You can read my review via the below links:



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