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James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQKE5S2
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on December 26, 2012
I'm old enough to have seen every James Bond film on its original release, and over the five decades since "Dr. No" was released in 1962, I've read a tremendous amount of Ian Fleming/James Bond lore, some undoubtedly true and some most likely a press agent's fanciful creations. However, Author Len Deighton's recollections are a treasure trove of gossipy tidbits about the principals that I've never read before.

Deighton reveals things that I wasn't aware of about his friend Ian Fleming, including the surprising fact that early on, despite the success of his James Bond novels, Fleming thought seriously about killing off Bond and ending the series. He also describes the relationship between Fleming and Kevin McClory, a man who worked with Fleming to bring the James Bond series to the movie screen, but would end up in a bitter, protracted legal battle with Fleming. McClory had worked in the movie business, but was perhaps best known for saving the large plastic model of the whale used in "Moby Dick" when it blew loose from its moorings!

Interestingly, had everything gone smoothly between Fleming and McClory, "Thunderball" would have been the first James Bond film, not "Dr. No." Exactly how this came to pass is described in this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the personae involved in the real-life story.

By the way, the subtitle of the book refers to finding the origin of the name "James Bond."

It was great to see Len Deighton writing again after a long absence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on April 24, 2013
Most James Bond fans have at least a rough idea that there was a man named Kevin McClory who established in court that he was a co-creator of the story that eventually became both the 1961 James Bond novel and 1965 film known as "Thunderball". That particular claim seems reasonable to myself and many other Bond fans.

Of course, Mr. McClory took things a step further and also claimed that he was the father of the "cinematic" James Bond we all know and love, that Ian Fleming's original creation was just the same old stodgy spy character seen countless times before in countless thrillers before Mr. McClory shaped him up into the suave adventurer that lit up movie screens. That particular claim is more problematic to myself and many other Bond fans.

However one feels, Len Deighton's essay, "James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search For His Father", is a fascinating look at that heady time when James Bond was first making the jump from reasonably popular novels to super popular films (which eventually lead to the novels becoming super popular, too). I especially enjoyed Mr. Deighton's colorful descriptions of Mr. McClory (who I now see as a real person with a passionate, real position, even if I largely don't agree with it), but I also liked learning a little more about the skills, charms, and personal foibles of Ian Fleming, Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, and other notable personalities peppering the James Bond literary and movie landscape.

The paragraphs are a little long and the writing a little dense for what should have been a breezier, lighter reading experience, but the interesting subject matter cut through the thick verbiage and assured that this long essay- which can be completed in one to three sittings depending on your personal reading habits- was never less than a compelling glimpse into a period (beginning in the swinging sixties and extending into the early eighties) when the ownership of James Bond was a hotly-debated topic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Cork on January 14, 2013
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When it comes to spy novelists of the spymania boom 1960s, Len Deighton ranks in the top three. His companions are still household names: Ian Fleming and John LeCarré. Fleming died in 1964. LeCarré's star has continued to shine. Deighton has been more mercurial. His novels of the era are still wonderful reads, and there is no doubt he knows how to write. Yet, his moves into cookbooks, film producing, travel writing and military history have made him hard to pigeonhole.
Yet, like every espionage writer of his era, Deighton was touched by Bond. His remembrances here are worthy, but trying. Here's the synopsis: Deighton worked on an initial draft of the screenplay for the James Bond film, From Russia With Love. He had lunch once with Ian Fleming (an event recorded in an article at the time). He later visited the set of Thunderball while a sequence was being shot in France. In the 1970s, he worked with Kevin McClory, a neighbor in Ireland, on an attempt to remake Thunderball. He was able to meet Sean Connery at this time. On another occasion, he met McClory's lawyer in a famous lawsuit that had won Kevin the screen rights to the novel Thunderball and the various screenplays and treatments produced prior to Fleming writing the novel.
This "single" contains Deighton's memories of these events and much, much more. Here's the bottom line: if you are interested in Deighton, buy this. If you are well-versed on the history of 007's journey to the screen, buy this. If you are looking for a good, factual over-view of this story, read Raymond Benson's The James Bond Bedside Companion or Andrew Lycett's biography of Ian Fleming.
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