Trying to build some kind of a narrative #4 (Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007)

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2015/07/28 13:46 +00:00, original URI: http://www.siao2.com/2015/07/28/8770668856267196818.aspx


Stevan Riley's documentary from 2012 has been playing from time to time on BBC America and is a fascinating look at the legacy of the James Bond movie franchise.

For the record, I am an avid fan of both the books and the movies, and even the continuing novels. I am by no means a Hollywood insider, so I therefore consider anything I know to be something that anyone might know.

It's done quite cleverly, by using facts available to pretty much every single person who read the books and especially who watched the movies. From the opening montage of every single EON Productions Bond actor

to the early free press coverage after the Bay of Pigs flap with JFK himself wishing we had 007 on our side to the feud between Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to the feud between Sean Connery and Cubby that we all got to see on The Tonight Show

with Johnny Carson asking Sean Connery who was the first Bond villain and him answering Cubby Broccoli to Ronald Reagan

quipping that "some people complain that Bond is just an actor but we all have to start somewhere!" like heY did to everyone being mad at Kevin McClory

who sued Ian and Cubby and remade Thunderball. Plus George Lazenby and so on and so on, ad infinitum.

But we all knew that; we know some or all of those stories.

The untold or at least undertold story is actually in the Ian Fleming novels, from

• The Spy Who Loved Me which he wrote unhappy that his novels were being read by younger readers so he experimented with trying to prove them wrong and later tried to keep it from ever being republished;

• You Only Live Twice, where the hero is left at the end of the book missing and presumed dead while we get to see him as a man with amnesia, looking at the word Vladivostok thinking he can go to the USSR to be helped;

• The Man With The Golden Gun, which starts off with the brainwashed James Bond trying to assassinate his boss Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG and ends with a successful mission and him being offered his own knighthood which he politely refuses through his secretary Mary Goodnight.

to other random issues beyond the scope of the books or the movies themselves like British television series The Avengers that was a practice area for Cathy Gale and Emma Peele as future Bond girls to be and which brought Patrick Macnee into A View To A Kill as an ultimate inside joke about titles that almost no one got to Honor Blackman aka Pussy Galore refusing her own CME and later going public about her disapproval of tax exile SIR Sean Connery not paying taxes yet claiming the title anyway, and many other tales that I would have loved to have seen in an untold story but which did not fit the narrative that was actually more accurately best thought of as The Ballad of Cubby and Barbara Broccoli.....


# Michael S. Kaplan on 2015-07-29 05:44:37:

I found what follows lying on my desk one morning. As you will see, it appears to be the first person story of a young woman, evidently beautiful and not unskilled in the arts of love. According to her story, she appears to have been involved, both perilously and romantically, with the same James Bond whose secret service exploits I myself have written from time to time. With the manuscript was a note signed 'Vivienne Michel' assuring me that what she had written was 'purest truth and from the depths of her heart'. I was interested in this view of James Bond, through the wrong end of the telescope so to speak, and after obtaining clearance for certain minor infringements of the Official Secrets Act I have much pleasure in sponsoring its publication. Ian Fleming, The Spy Who Loved Me, prologue

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