The summer reading season is officially underway. This pas week I intermittently picked up Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel that started it all: Casino Royale. It was a relatively brisk read given that this was the 3rd if not the 4th time I visited the fictitious Royale-les-Eaux in the south of France, to say nothing that the book itself is not very long, barely lasting 165 pages.
Best movie, best Bond Girl, best Bond villain, all these questions and more are frequently and vey easily brought up when fans get together and converse. One of the more intriguing conversations, as far as I’m concerned, is when Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., is broached.
In a co-announcement this past week by Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications, there will be yet another James Bond comic book series sprouting this coming autumn. My immediate reaction was mixed and it remains so after having mulled over the new project for a few days now.
In what will surely prove a long but trilling road to becoming a Double-0 Aficionado, I recently cracked open a book I had purchased at around this time last year, The James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition, published by the fine people at Taschen in late 2015, edited by Paul Duncan.