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It's 1969, the King's Road is swinging and William Boyd has a lunch rendezvous with the subject of his latest novel, Solo – secret agent, 007. Don't miss Bond's Q&A
Time travel. 1969. Chelsea. There was an autumnal feel about the day as I emerged from the tube station at Sloane Square. Instinctively, I looked round over my right shoulder to see what was playing at the Royal Court. The Contractor by David Storey, directed by Lindsay Anderson. I hadn't seen that play – but then I had been a 17-year-old schoolboy in 1969, and my theatre-going life hadn't really started. It was strange being back in Chelsea in 1969, the year of the moon-landing, the year of my first summer in London. Stranger still to be going to interview James Bond.
I walked along the south side of Sloane Square heading for the King's Road. The curved art deco monolith of Peter Jones acting as »
- William Boyd
The acclaimed author of 'A Good Man in Africa' said that Day-Lewis truly resembles the Bond that Ian Fleming describes in his James Bond series of spy novels, and has picked him to play the role when his new novel which is set in 1969, is adapted for the big screen, the Independent revealed.
He added that Fleming described Bond in three novels as looking like Hoagy Carmichael, a singer-songwriter famous around the Second World War, and in his opinion, the 56-year old 'Lincoln' actor fits. »
- Smith Cox
We may have got James Bond slightly wrong. Yes, he is a prodigious drinker, heavy smoker and consummate killer, but when it comes to his womanising, the author of his new incarnation believes that the spy was more honourable than some think. "It seems to me he wants a relationship," said William Boyd. "It is not just casual sex."
Boyd was speaking at the launch of his new Bond book, Solo, at which he was asked who his favourite Bond girl was. "I'm not too keen on the expression 'Bond girl' because I think Bond has relationships with women," he said. Having said that, he named the character Honeychile Rider – "nothing to do with Ursula Andress playing her in the movie … I think she is a very interesting Bond woman".
Boyd should know, »
- Mark Brown
Daniel Day-Lewis has effectively played a wide range of characters (Three Oscars. Hello!), so why not James Bond, right? Well, he would certainly get William Boyd's vote. The British author, who just wrote the latest 007 book Solo, believes the Lincoln actor would be an ideal candidate if they ever turned his novel into a movie. "He actually resembles the Bond that [007creator Ian] Fleming describes in the books," Boyd told reporters during a book signing in London on Wednesday regarding Day-Lewis, the BBC reports. "That's someone who looks like the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael—a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man." Whether or not »
Excuse me if this week’s profundity seems a bit more extemporaneous than usual. It’s been one of those weeks, and at 3:00 yesterday morning Roscoe The Cat literally saved my life and I’m still twitching over that one.
I listen to music all the time. Literally, all the time. I have a very wide range in taste, but most of what I listen to falls under the exceptionally broad category of “kick ass rock’n’blues.” It’s a phrase I use on Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind, my weekly radio indulgence on (ahem) www.getthepointradio.com. Right now, I’m listening to Sterling Koch’s 2010 effort, Steel Guitar Blues. Kick ass music energizes me and takes the pressures of the day and it puts them over there, wherever there is. Music is my drug of choice.
A lot of my friends in the comics racket »
- Mike Gold
5 items from 2013
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