‘James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father’

This is a charming ‘Kindle Single’ by Len Deighton, where he discusses his lunchtime encounters with Ian Fleming, the novel writing process, writing screenplays (the gap between the audience and what the protagonist knows), film production, artistic credit, creative rivalries, ownership of rights… and Kevin McClory.

Kevin McClory provided significant attributes to the James Bond concept. This was something that Ian Fleming made use of, although there was always a difference between the novels and the films. Ian Fleming also used Sean Connery’s portrayal of Bond to give James Bond his Scottish ancestry. James Bond came into being through multiple creative processes that were often in conflict with one another.


Verdict: Interesting.