History Literature / JamesBond

16th Oct '17 4:39:56 AM moloch
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* CoolCar: Fleming was a car lover, and cars are frequently mentioned as Bond's "only hobby" - his personal cars include a [[Literature/{{Silverfin}} Bamford & Martin Sidevalve tourer he inherited from his Uncle Max]]; its [[Literature/DoubleOrDie replacement]], a battleship grey 1930 supercharged 4.5L Bentley "Blower" he owned until Hugo Drax wrecked it in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}''; he replaced that with an open-topped Bentley Mk VI, and by ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' had sold that and bought an R-Type Bentley with a Mulliner fastback coupe body.

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* CoolCar: Fleming was a car lover, and cars are frequently mentioned as Bond's "only hobby" - his personal cars include a include:
** A
[[Literature/{{Silverfin}} Bamford & Martin Sidevalve tourer he inherited from his Uncle Max]]; its Max]]
** Its
[[Literature/DoubleOrDie replacement]], replacement]] and his most well-known car, a battleship grey 1930 supercharged 4.5L Bentley "Blower" he owned until Hugo Drax wrecked it in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}''; he ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}''.
** He
replaced that with an open-topped Bentley Mk VI, and by VI that he bought with the money he won from Drax.
** By
''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' he had sold that and bought an R-Type Bentley with a Mulliner fastback coupe body.body, again in battleship grey, that he dubbed "the Locomotive".
** In the John Gardner era, he at first drives a Bentley Mulsanne Turbo, then by the late 80s switched to a tricked-out version of the iconic Saab 900 Turbo, which he dubbed the "Silver Beast".
16th Oct '17 3:52:44 AM moloch
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* CoolCar: Fleming was a car lover, and cars are frequently mentioned as Bond's "only hobby" - his personal cars include a [[Literature/{{Silverfin}} Bamford & Martin Sidevalve tourer he inherited from his Uncle Max]]; its [[Literature/DoubleOrDie replacement]], a battleship grey 1930 supercharged 4.5L Bentley "Blower" he owned until Hugo Drax wrecked it in ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}''; he replaced that with an open-topped Bentley Mk VI, and by ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' had sold that and bought an R-Type Bentley with a Mulliner fastback coupe body.



** Since Bond debuted during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, his most frequent nemesis in the early novels is the SMERSH, the Soviet counter-espionage organization whose name was an anagram for "Death to Spies."

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** Since Bond debuted during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, his most frequent nemesis in the early novels is the SMERSH, the Soviet counter-espionage organization whose name was an anagram acronym for "Death to Spies."
14th Oct '17 10:06:14 AM xcountryguy
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** In ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (set in 1957, immediately after ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''), they're the GreaterScopeVillain who hired the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]] It's mentioned that their leader General Grubozaboyschikov has [[YouHaveFailedMe vanished from sight]] since the failed assassination attempt on Bond in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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** In ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (set in 1957, immediately after ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''), they're the GreaterScopeVillain who hired the BigBad [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]] It's mentioned that their leader General Grubozaboyschikov has [[YouHaveFailedMe vanished from sight]] since the failed assassination attempt on Bond in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove''.



** Subverted in ''{{Literature/Thunderball}}'', in which Bond and Leiter dine in a Bahamian restaurant in which the food is lovingly described on the menu in fancy prose, but Leiter gloomily predicts that it'll probably be crap. [[spoiler: It is, but they eat it anyway because they're hungry.]]

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** Subverted in ''{{Literature/Thunderball}}'', in which Bond and Leiter dine in a Bahamian restaurant in which the food is lovingly described on the menu in fancy prose, but Leiter gloomily predicts that it'll probably be crap. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is, but they eat it anyway because they're hungry.]]



* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Although this may arguably apply to some (not all) of the Bond movies, this trope is actually averted by Fleming, who consistently depicts Bond as someone who doesn't actually enjoy killing people (with [[spoiler: Blofeld]] being a possible exception, due to [[ItsPersonal the personal tie]]). Several books and stories even have Bond ruminating about the morality of what he does.

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* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Although this may arguably apply to some (not all) of the Bond movies, this trope is actually averted by Fleming, who consistently depicts Bond as someone who doesn't actually enjoy killing people (with [[spoiler: Blofeld]] [[spoiler:Blofeld]] being a possible exception, due to [[ItsPersonal the personal tie]]). Several books and stories even have Bond ruminating about the morality of what he does.
12th Oct '17 4:04:09 PM moloch
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* AbortedArc: Fleming does not continue the SMERSH storyline after ''From Russia With Love'', aside from mention that Auric Goldfinger is actually its foreign treasurer of SMERSH (its role as a NebulousEvilOrganization is practically absent in the novel). By ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' they're said to have been disbanded by Khrushchev and subsumed into the greater KGB. They return in (in in-universe chronological order):
** In ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (set immediately after ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''), they're the GreaterScopeVillain who hired the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]] It's mentioned that their leader General Grubozaboyschikov has [[YouHaveFailedMe vanished from sight]] since the failed assassination attempt on Bond in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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* AbortedArc: Fleming does not continue the SMERSH storyline after ''From Russia With Love'', aside from mention that Auric Goldfinger is actually its foreign treasurer of SMERSH (its role as a NebulousEvilOrganization is practically absent in the novel). By ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' they're said to have been disbanded by Khrushchev and subsumed into the greater KGB. They KGB, and SPECTRE takes over as the villain for three of the next four novels. Other writers brought them back to tie up loose ends, and they return in (in in-universe chronological order):
** In ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (set in 1957, immediately after ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''), they're the GreaterScopeVillain who hired the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]] It's mentioned that their leader General Grubozaboyschikov has [[YouHaveFailedMe vanished from sight]] since the failed assassination attempt on Bond in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove''.
12th Oct '17 4:02:06 PM moloch
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* AbortedArc: Fleming does not continue the SMERSH storyline after ''From Russia With Love'', aside from mention that Auric Goldfinger is actually its foreign treasurer of SMERSH (its role as a NebulousEvilOrganization is practically absent in the novel).
** John Gardner brings SMERSH back in ''Icebreaker'' where [[spoiler:the entire eponymous operation is the organization's gambit to get Bond behind the Russian border where he can be easily delivered to Moscow. Capturing the BigBad was simply a beneficial side effect.]] Furthermore, SMERSH is an active participant in Bond's manhunt in ''Nobody Lives for Ever''. Finally, in ''No Deals, Mr Bond'', the SMERSH storyline ends when [[spoiler:Bond captures Grubozaboyschikov's successor, General Chernov.]]
** SMERSH is also brought back in ''Trigger Mortis'', but as a GreaterScopeVillain who hire the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]]

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* AbortedArc: Fleming does not continue the SMERSH storyline after ''From Russia With Love'', aside from mention that Auric Goldfinger is actually its foreign treasurer of SMERSH (its role as a NebulousEvilOrganization is practically absent in the novel).
novel). By ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' they're said to have been disbanded by Khrushchev and subsumed into the greater KGB. They return in (in in-universe chronological order):
** In ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (set immediately after ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''), they're the GreaterScopeVillain who hired the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]] It's mentioned that their leader General Grubozaboyschikov has [[YouHaveFailedMe vanished from sight]] since the failed assassination attempt on Bond in ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove''.
** They feature in the novelisation of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' (which is written to fit the literary Bond continuity), now led by Nikitin from ''From Russia With Love''.
** John Gardner brings SMERSH back in ''Icebreaker'' ''Literature/{{Icebreaker}}'' where [[spoiler:the entire eponymous operation is the organization's gambit to get Bond behind the Russian border where he can be easily delivered to Moscow. Capturing the BigBad was simply a beneficial side effect.]] Furthermore, SMERSH is an active participant in Bond's manhunt in ''Nobody Lives for Ever''. Finally, in ''No Deals, Mr Bond'', the SMERSH storyline ends when [[spoiler:Bond captures Grubozaboyschikov's successor, General Chernov.]]
** SMERSH is also brought back in ''Trigger Mortis'', but as a GreaterScopeVillain who hire the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.
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12th Oct '17 4:50:24 AM jormis29
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* ''Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond'': In 2015, Fleming's Bond novels became PublicDomain in Canada and other Life+50 countries, leading to the first multi-author short story collection. Contributors include Creator/CharlesStross.

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* ''Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond'': Bond'':[[/index]] In 2015, Fleming's Bond novels became PublicDomain in Canada and other Life+50 countries, leading to the first multi-author short story collection. Contributors include Creator/CharlesStross.[[index]]
7th Oct '17 6:27:53 PM moloch
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7th Oct '17 3:51:01 PM moloch
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* ''Trigger Mortis'' (September, 2015) by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz. Set just after ''Goldfinger'', it contains small amounts of material written by Fleming.

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* ''Trigger Mortis'' ''Literature/TriggerMortis'' (September, 2015) by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz. Set just after ''Goldfinger'', it contains small amounts of material written by Fleming.
1st Oct '17 6:16:42 PM Njein
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* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: In the novels, bad guys of radically different ideologies have no trouble working together. At the apex of this is SPECTRE, which is headed by members from both Eastern European secret police and the Sicilian Mafia, not to mention former Soviets and Nazis. How exactly did Blofeld manage that?
28th Sep '17 4:07:28 PM moloch
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* HerosClassicCar: Classic cars are frequently described as Bond's "only hobby". From ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' to ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' Bond drives a 1930 battleship-grey Bentley 4.5 litre with an Amherst Villiers supercharger (only 55 of the "Blower Bentleys" were actually made, making it a [[RareVehicles Rare Vehicle]] too.) A scene in ''Literature/DoubleOrDie'' depicts him buying it, after wrecking the Bamford & Martin he inherited from his Uncle Max. His later cars are 1950s and 60s model Bentleys and Astons - classics now, but contemporary at the time.

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* HerosClassicCar: Classic cars are frequently described as Bond's "only hobby". From ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' to ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' Bond drives a 1930 battleship-grey Bentley 4.5 litre with an Amherst Villiers supercharger (only 55 of the "Blower Bentleys" were actually made, making it a [[RareVehicles Rare Vehicle]] too.) )[[note]]Fleming variously described it as a 1930, '33 and '37 model. Only the first can be true, as no Blowers were made after '31. ''Double Or Die'' splits the difference by establishing it's 1930 model that he bought in '33.[[/note]] A scene in ''Literature/DoubleOrDie'' depicts him buying it, after wrecking the Bamford & Martin he inherited from his Uncle Max. His later cars are 1950s and 60s model Bentleys and Astons - classics now, but contemporary at the time.
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