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] By Ashley R. Pollard
With the days drawing in, marking the beginning of Autumn, and the evenings becoming longer, I know I look forward to going to the cinema more. I was very fortunate to be able to get a ticket to the premier of the first James Bond
film, Dr. No
, which was shown at the London Pavilion, and therefore I saw it three days before its general release to the rest of the country.
There was quite a buzz surrounding this film, but before I go into my piece let me give you some context to the books behind the movie: Ian Fleming's James Bond
It may be confusing to some Fleming fans to see Dr. No
presented as the first James Bond
film, because the title and plot are from the sixth book. So six is number one, but chronologically the first James Bond
novel was Casino Royale
, which came out in 1953. I understand that Casino Royale
was adapted as an episode of an American television called Climax!
(which sounds rather racy to my ears) and that the rights to the name of the first James Bond
book are therefore tied up.
Anyway, in Britain, Ian Fleming's books have always sold well, and Fleming may rightfully be described as the inventor of the Cold War spy thriller genre, which while set in the mundane world has themes that require elements of science and technology for the plots to work.
Up to now Fleming hasn't taken American by storm, but I think that will change when Dr. No
is released in America next year. It will not probably hurt that President John F. Kennedy has been quoted as saying that Fleming's fifth James Bond
novel, From Russia, with Love
, was one of his top ten all time favourite books.
Given that the title of the next James Bond
movie is From Russia, with Love
, I fully expect American audiences to take to reading James Bond
as readers over here have. Last year, the ninth book in the series, Thunderball
, featuring the capture of a NATO fighter, sold out of its initial print run of 50,938 hardbacks and has had to be reprinted to meet demand. Reviews have said it is the best since Diamonds Are Forever,
the fourth book in the James Bond
To say Ian Fleming is prolific is I think over-egging it a bit, but he can certainly write, and his writing improves with each book. I have watched Fleming adding depth and character, to what would otherwise be a cipher who only served the whims of the author. Fleming has made James Bond more than that. He's the man every man aspires to be, and the bad boy that every woman wants to be chased by.
And here I am, and I haven't even started to tell you all how wonderful Dr. No
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