John Walsh

How boredom begat James Bond

Casino Royale was published 70 years ago this week


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John Walsh

John Walsh spent 20 years as a columnist, feature writer, food critic and interviewer on the Independent. He has also been literary editor of three newspapers, a contributor to magazines like the New Yorker.

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