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The movie conversion of Bond started in 1958 with a treatment which became Thunderball. For several reasons Thunderball ended-up being the fourth movie made and not the first. Deighton himself wrote the screen play for From Russia with Love.
Despite seeing the classic Harry Palmer movies starring Michael Caine, this was the first work by Deighton that I’d read. The story is almost like listening to him relating a tale while you’re having a drink with him.
There’s no real point in summarising the main points of the book, as it’s almost its own summary and you can read it in one sitting. While not all the parts of the story are new Deighton conveys them in a refreshingly honest way.
Fans of Bond will find it provides a certain perspective on the events which resulted in the creation of one of cinema’s iconic figures.
How Deighton can recall details about the affair after all this time is amazing, but he does. I for one will definitely be checking out his other books. A great short read. The last paragraph, in particular, is excellent!
Great to see Len back.
My personal favourites are Len Deighton's. I found the James Bond of Ian Fleming's novels too coldly brutal, and John le Carré's George Smiley a little too cerebral. I preferred Harry Palmer, Deighton's bespectacled, irreverent but deeply patriotic working class hero, who was flawlessly portrayed on screen by Michael Caine (Palmer, by the way, was never named in the novels, only in the films).
Deighton is 84 and still writing. He is a polymath; in addition to novels he writes history, cookery books, and screenplays, as well as being an accomplished illustrator.
I have just read his latest work: James Bond, my long and eventful search for his father. Like his earlier spy novels, it is compulsive reading and I devoured it at a single sitting.
Deighton knew Fleming, but the main source for this book was his friendship with an Irish film producer called Kevin McClory. If you've ever wondered how the cruel, humourless, Blower-Bentley-driving James Bond of the early novels evolved into the suave, witty, hi-tech, Aston Martin-driving James Bond of the screen, this book holds the answers.
Hollywood didn't discover James Bond by chance; Fleming had approached McClory as early as 1958 to try and get a film made. McClory knew that the character could only be adapted for film with extensive changes, and Fleming became one of a group who produced a screenplay called Longitude 78 West (later renamed Thunderball) which went into pre-production. They later quarrelled and McClory was pushed out of the project. Because of the dispute, filming of Thunderball was delayed and Dr No became the first Bond movie to reach the screen. Fleming subsequently turned Thunderball into the ninth Bond novel without crediting McClory or the other contributors. The two sued each other, and the case reached the High Court. McClory won, but was ruined by the costs of the case.
From this improbable mêlée was born the most successful film series of all time. Deighton's recall for intricate detail and his matchless descriptions of time and place, make this a delightful read. There have been many books about Hollywood's bizarre accounting practises, but this is by far the most entertaining and insightful I have come across. A great short read.
Thoroughly recommend, my only complaint is that it is too short.
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