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Moneypenny's perspective on Bond
on 31 October 2012
A interesting read, slightly let down by a cover that sems to be more pointed towards the ladies. Indeed my version even has "for her eyes only" on it.
But it is not girly at all and is a clever and intelligent approach to see things from the perspective of M's loyal assistant. Set during the Cuban crisis and the events of OHMSS and You Only Live Twice, the author takes Fleming's books as real events slightly fictionalised, she then blends real historic events and people and overlays her Moneypenny story based on diaries found by her neice. This is a time that fans of the books will recognise, that Bond was having a real struggle following the death of his wife, and you see his struggle through other peoples' eyes.
It is an intelligent and well researched piece of work and will appeal to fans of both Bond and those with an interest in the history of the time. Glimpses of office politics, the other 00 agents, and moles and honey-traps all feel very authentic.
It is deliberately dated and paints a picture of the 1960s and the author has fun with Miss Moneypenny and expanding her role in things and gives her a strong and unexpected role. At times not an easy read (so many footnotes) but an interesting and worthy one.