Sunday, December 16, 2012

James Bond Incorrectly Portrayed On The Screen As A "Cartoon Character," Says Author William Boyd

William Boyd, the author of Restless, Any Human Heart and an upcoming James Bond continuation novel, says that Ian Fleming's iconic character James Bond has been portrayed on film as a "cartoon character."

William Boyd, the historical novelist, has been commissioned to write a new Bond novel by the estate of Ian Fleming, who charted the character’s career in 14 books.

But he has dismissed the work of others who have brought the character to life, deliberately not going to see Skyfall, the latest film starring Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench, and claiming the spy was “not the suave Roger Moore-type English toff at all”.

Screenwriters have underplayed his true alcohol consumption, he said, pointing out that in Dr No 007 drank two bottles of bourbon, a bottle of champagne, a Calvados and four dry martinis in one night.

“In the films Bond is a cartoon character but in the novels he is far more troubled, nuanced and interesting,” Boyd told Radio Times. 

You can read the rest of the story via the below link to the Telegraph: 

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