Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Link: THE INFERNAL MACHINE

The terrific blog Letters of Note has posted a letter written by Ian Fleming in July 1954 discussing titles for what would be his third James Bond novel. Fleming's preferred choice: The Infernal Machine. He also toys with Wide of the Mark and The Inhuman Element.

But he later works on alternatives written in pen on the letter itself, until he settles on Moonraker. Great stuff!

Click on the headline to have look for yourself at Letters of Note.

5 comments:

  1. Never found out what a moonraker was...

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  2. "Fleming was a nautical man who was interested in tall ships and pirates, and 'moonraker' was an old naval term applied to the moonsail or highest level rectangular sail on a large sailing ship" -from Ian Fleming: The Bibliography by Jon Gilbert /Queen Anne Press 2012 [publication in October]

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    1. Thanks. I can't wait for that book! :)

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  3. A shameful plug John, but at least it was relevant to the question -JG.

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