James Bond to go back to his vintage roots in new novel
The William Boyd-penned tale is set in 1969
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As of now, both "the title and plot may remain a closely guarded secret," but we do know that the novel will "see a return to the classic Bond era, featuring a 45-year-old 007 in 1969." The Wrap posits that this news "suggests Bond is returning to the roots firmly planted by Fleming before his death in 1964," which seems like a fair and exciting possibility.
Fleming penned twelve Bond novels and two short story collections and, since his death, his tradition has been carried on by such authors as Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, and Jeffrey Deaver. This is Boyd's first crack at a Bond novel.
Do you want to read a vintage Bond story? Would you like to see a Bond film set in the 1960's, or are you more entertained by contemporary-set Bond?
Bond was "the man" in the 1960's. So many rip-offs, but no one could compare. Fleming said that both he and Bond "had a tremendous appreciation for the worlds of the devil". Connery personified that in the 60's. PLEASE!! Let's go back there! Things were simpler. Bond could do things on his own, he didn't have to have a politically correct token female that was as smart/sophisticated/agile/etc as him. We knew who the bad guys were, and sex/alcohol/cigarettes weren't "too bad".
It is not going to work. Are you having Bond chase Soviet spies again? How about those nasty Chinese or Vietnamese spies? Are you going to have some dumb bimbo in a bikini?