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PostSubject: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:46 pm

http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/432125/James-Bond-author-admits-that-he-would-prefer-Daniel-Day-Lewis-than-Daniel-Craig-as-007

It is funny that he mentions how the films are contemporary and that's what sets them further apart from the novels, yet Bond has always been for the most part contemporary. Only he and Faulks have attempted to set Bond back in the 60s.
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:27 am

Yea... but his 60s (or so it would seem from his interviews) has modern PC notes and is without the sexism and racism of that time. I've only read about his interviews but from that it would seem that he doesn't understand history much.

In any event, I've not read any non-Fleming Bond novels but have a desire to read this one if only to critique it as the author has gripped me a bit by slamming Fleming. And sadly, I think that was more his intent than anything. I've been had. tongue
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:32 am

Won't be reading this turd's book if he has to be such a douche with Craig.

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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:38 am

These new Bond authors all seem to think dissing Fleming and Bond is part of their brief from IFP. It's almost as if this whole James Bond thingy is a bit below them, really, old chap. Gardner or Benson never acted in this way, though, much to their credit as "mere thriller writers".
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:53 am

Didn't really see him dissing Fleming at all in there. Hardly anything controversial in these comments.
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:04 pm

He's basically gone on record as saying that Fleming was a racist, a sexist and a poor author and that the old books were trash and so on.
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:32 pm

Fairbairn-Sykes wrote:
He's basically gone on record as saying that Fleming was a racist, a sexist and a poor author and that the old books were trash and so on.
Which interview? If you're referring to The Times write-up he did say he was racist, sexist and right wing but he also contextualised that with the point that that was hardly atypical of Fleming's time and social class. Boyd comments that "[Fleming] wasn't the greatest plotter in the world" but that's a slight criticism that's hardly without foundation (Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger are two pretty well cited examples amongst the fandom).

I thought that article was a bit of a beat up tbh; the journalist spends most of it editorialising and cherry-picks quotations from Boyd that ambiguously support their own views. If you look at those quoatations in isolation he is clearly either defending Fleming or at least expressing a well-considered view of him. Eg. Boyd never asserts that his writing is better than Fleming's, merely that the book will be as well-written as his other works, a comment that could easily have been made in response to the journalist's angle that he's slumming it.

But if there's another place where he has said so feel free to point me to it.
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PostSubject: Re: New James Bond author admits he would rather have Daniel Day Lewis As Bond.   Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:39 am

Well knowing how journalists can twist an angle in a story or an interview to get someone to say pretty much anything about anyone and in so doing even taking comments out of one context and placing them in another I will concede that point to you, Vesper. From the review I read in The Sunday Times Culture magazine today, I think William Boyd appears to have done a very good job in resurrecting James Bond in 1969, and without the condescention seen in Faulks' launch interviews for the hopelessly overhyped Devil May Care in May 2008. I don't think that Boyd has ever passed himself off as better as Fleming; I think it is both foolish and rather disrespectful to do so as a literary heir of the undervalued Ian Lancaster Fleming.
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