Bond, progressive Bond

Bond, progressive Bond
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Film fans look away now. Last night the latest author to add to the Bond legacy said that he did not think his version could work on the silver screen. Speaking at the Southbank Centre, William Boyd told fans that if he had wanted Solo to be made into a film he would have written sixty pages rather than over three hundred.

The book, which fills us in on Bond’s World War II experiences, presents a more progressive Bond than previous incarnations. Boyd has Bond ‘walking down the Kings Road in 1969’, so the character had to change with the times.

There was no mention of the word ‘girl’, either:

‘I don't like the term “Bond Girl”. These Bond women were dark, complex characters. Bond, with all his own complexities, seems attracted to these types of women.’

Panic not: there are still cat-suits.

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