Tuesday July 7, 2020

Licence to thrill revoked

Devil May Care, By Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming, Penguin, €16.50

7th June, 2008

Devil May Care, By Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming, Penguin, €16.50

Described as the ‘‘pillow book fantasies of an a dolescent mind’’ by no less an authority than Ian Fleming himself, the original James Bond novels were models of functional writing. The plots were ludicrous, of course - as a single agent, the sociopathic killing machine known as 007 foiled a series of megalomaniacs bidding to achieve world domination.

Perversely, Fleming’s...

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