FOREVER AND A DAY BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ (JONATHAN CAPE) R363*
When the Ian Fleming estate gave Anthony Horowitz the green light to write a second authorised Bond spinoff (following 2015’s Trigger Mortis) it gave him license to push the envelope further. This latest offering serves as a prequel to Casino Royale, the first Bond novel, and allows readers to follow the famous spy on his first mission.
M sends Bond, who’s still learning his spy craft, to the south of France to find out what happened to his 007 predecessor whose body was found in the waters of the French Riviera. Of course along the way he encounters a femme fatale named Sixtine, and there’s a memorable villain in the form of the grossly overweight Corsican drug-dealer Scipio.
I read my first James Bond novel while still in high school and right from the start I was hooked by this suave, sophisticated guy. But Horowitz’s man isn’t the Bond I got to love – he’s clumsy and bumbling.
The storyline never really gripped me. Somehow I don’t think Fleming would’ve approved of this version of 007.