It’s Bond but not for purists

Whangarei Report - - BOOKS - Linda Thomp­son

For­ever and a Day By An­thony Horowitz Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $37

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I was one of many who grew up on the orig­i­nal Bond movies.

We’re talk­ing Sean Con­nery, not your late­com­ers like Daniel Craig and Pierce Bros­nan et al — back in the days of Goldfin­ger and Dr No and From Rus­sia With Love.

We never learned too much about Mr Bond’s ac­tual life be­cause he was just there to charm Mss Moneypenny and ev­ery pass­ing fe­male, and deal to bad guys. It was the way au­thor Ian Flem­ing liked it.

Horowitz has writ­ten his sec­ond Bond book, go­ing back be­fore 007. There was a pre­vi­ous 007 but he’s dead, full of bul­lets in a river, so Bond gets a pro­mo­tion and that din­ner jacket.

This is pre Casino Royale. There’s a sexy girl of course (who launched the mar­tini shaken not stirred — he just fan­cied her), there’s a vil­lain, a fat drug dealer called Sci­pio, there’s a mys­te­ri­ous chem­i­cal plant for run­ning about and ac­tion scenes, and a cruise ship.

Horowitz wrote the Alex Ry­der teen spy se­ries and wrote Mid­somer Mur­ders so he’s no Johnny-come-lately. He was given ac­cess to some of Flem­ing’s pa­pers so this comes well rec­om­mended. But in the era of #metoo, there’s less grop­ing and Bond could pos­si­bly be a psy­chopath.

It’s just not the same. —

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An­thony Horowitz.

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