Re: RARA-AVIS: fleming

Staffars Serier (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 22:51:18 +0100

Ray Newman:
> > Re Amis' 'Colonel Sun', Fleming's widow was vociferously averse to his
> > writing a Bond book. Apparently she thought Amis would change 007 into
> > 'Lucky Jim Bond', careering through the streets of Wigan with a gun in one
> > hand and fish-n-chips in the other. And she thought he would insinuate all
> > sorts of disgusting socialist proapaganda into the novel.
>I think Amis puts in more than enough crass anti-communism to compensate
>for any fears she may have had. But then, Amis had a conservative streak
>himself, didn't he?

Wasn't 'Colonel Sun' published in '68? The same year that Amis published an article called "Why Lucky Jim turned right", basically justifying his (success-induced) abandonment of liberal principles on the grounds that it was society, rather than himself, that had changed. Always rather despised him for that. I never had any problem with fellow "angry young man" John Braine turning right...

^_^ Staffar Moberg

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