Thursday, May 21, 2015

'No Deals Mr. Bond'…Day 141 of Bond 365

I apologize for the incredibly short entry this evening. It’s been a full day of the 9 to 5, then home to clean and tidy up for an inspection tomorrow of the abode. I’m ready to call it a night, but not before giving you your daily dose of Bond 365.

Today, Spyfi & Superspies honors the 1987 release of John Gardner’s No Deals Mr. Bond. Jonathan Cape, who published Ian Fleming’s novels, concluded that tradition with this book’s release. This was Gardner’s sixth novel and has the distinction of including James Bond’s name in the title (at least thus far!).

I have not read this novel, but it has got to be one of the very best titles to date for a Bond story. Unfortunately, Gardner called the title “dreadful” and had originally suggested Tomorrow Always Comes.

Bond Trivia: Gardner gives a nod to Kingsley Amis as the author of some of the books the officers in the story have an interest in. As Bond aficionados know, Amis wrote the first continuation novel after Ian Fleming’s death titled Colonel Sun. Amis used the pseudonym, Robert Markham.

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