On His Majesty's Secret Service
Ewwww, that is mega creepy although Bond has always been propaganda for the military industrial complex so same old same old...
The dumb thing is that the proper Woke wouldn't give Bond, Ian Fleming, Sean Connery or the long list of gradual more tedious films the time of day! The Islington crowd won't have read any Fleming, won't have enjoyed any of the films, won't approve of Connery, probably don't even go to the cinema any more. So who is going to be reading this rubbish? It sounds like an essay from an undergrad hoping to get a job at the Guardian!
The Fleming estate should have left Bond alone - he's basically an historical character and it was a shame they kept updating his environment. It's like trying to modernise Bertie Wooster! It would be much better to write a totally new character who pointlessly works for the pointless British secret service. Then he/she/it could have been as woke and dull and offended as they wanted!
Apparently the villain is a thinly veiled Nigel Farage.
I see that people are having a good time making fun of the novel. And it's true that the initial James Bond was misogynistic (the horrors!!)
But it was a cartoon, and had no identifiable real-life characters. Yes, England was the good guys, and (presumably) the USSR was the bad guys. A steady diet of such simple-mindedness is not good for anyone, but I think most can handle it.
But this latest version of James Bond qualifies as hate speech, by progressives' own definition. It names specific people as villains, and promotes myth as reality. Thus, it crosses from mindless entertainment into propaganda. We do well to remember that the reason so many people hate Trump is because of relentless propaganda just like this. And anyone who supports him is reviled, in REAL life. We are racists, white supremacists, right-wing extremists, and we should be silenced "for the sake of democracy". People actually believe all that crap.
The new book may be a joke, but this is no laughing matter.
Hilarious and disappointing.
The original Bond books were pretty good. The John Gardner series is a bit modernized and a tad more like the movies, but quite good too.
In case you want more Bond than Fleming provides, consider the Gardner books. Some are awful but some are pretty decent, starting with License Renewed
Whet an appetite, not wet it!
The book smells worse than a pile of cowshit before it bakes on a hot day!
I shall now away and find a Fred Dibnah film to watch.
Everything is going to shit. A mans appreciation and desire for a beautiful woman is now a crime.
Soooooo meta! Higson ingeniously takes the parodic quality of the Moore era bond movies and weaves and embeds it into the actual authorial voice as a satire on a painfully woke, pain in the backside, bien pensant, North London Blob creature, witlessly parasitising a superior and universally popular brand from a bygone age that he could never have hoped to create himself. GENIUS! Probably.
Thanks for the heads up. Will the next movie be made by Disney to go along with their latest string of box office "hits"?!
Are you sure it's not ChatGPT-bot that's the author?
Gordon Bennett as they say. I can't say I was ever a Bond fanatic although as a child I always fancied one of those Dinky Aston Martins with the ejector seats etc.
Even so the blatant propaganda of the parts you expose is appalling. Still
Mr Ric Hungary asshole
grimy run arch asshole
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are all anagrams of his full name, Charles Murray Higson so maybe that's the reason.
You are right about the London liberal elite, they get a taste for the good life as it were and become out of touch with the person in the street.
But he did go to a private school in the first place. They do give good broad educations, I went one myself, but in his case he has lost the plot in real life, let alone the book by the looks of it.
Many thanks for the heads up anyway. To misquote Monty Python's phrase I would say 'This is a book for laying down and avoiding.'
As always with anything Woke, there is a notable absence of fun, satire etc. It's all verboten! Ve must not laugh at ze Bond...
They do live in their own bubble.
So many books now -- fiction and nonfiction -- are spoiled by those type of rants.
What gets me is when I stumble upon something like this in an otherwise scholarly type book that has zero to do with political issues. Makes me doubt the rest of the author's points or positions.
When I imprint, I imprint hard. Only Sean Connery for me. I found every Bond film without him unwatchable.