The Bond phenomenon

A series of twelve books written in the 1950’s and 60’s has gone on to become the longest continually running and second highest grossing film franchise ever. Six other high profile authors have since contributed to the book series and twenty three films have been made, the most recent of which I have seen today. These stories form the backbone of the British film industry, but there have also been TV and radio adaptations, comic strips and video games.

The James Bond phenomenon has seen so many contributors, from writers to directors to actors, and its success as one of the most iconic characters in modern literature just goes to show that in this case, the whole can be even greater than the sum of its parts.

In the 1940’s, Ian Fleming said to a friend, “I am going to write the spy story to end all spy stories.” And I think he did exactly that.


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