Spies And Novelists Both ‘Accomplished Liars,’ Says New Bond Author
October 05, 2013
On the kinship between spies and novelists
Having written three spy novels now … I began to see, there’s a certain overlap between the world of the spy or the double agent and the world of the novelist.
And I think that overlap occurs not in any kind of intrepid way — because most writers are abject cowards — but in the way they look at the world. And I think spies and novelists look at the world with the same intent, curious gaze.
Bond wants a relationship and very often the women he has relationships with are damaged in some way. And I think this reflects Ian Fleming’s psyche, in that he gave Bond a lot of his tastes and a lot of his traits and his needs and complexes.
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