Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SUN inspires SPECTRE

The official Ian Fleming Publications website reports that the new James Bond film SPECTRE, which had its Royal premier in London on Monday, features a pivotal scene from the first 007 continuation novel Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis. I've not yet seen the movie (U.S. release is November 6), so I don't know what that scene is, nor does IFP reveal it. They just tease:

The Colonel Sun scene which features in SPECTRE is one of pivotal importance both to the film and the book and fans are encouraged to identify which part stems from Amis’ pen.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. commented that "The Fleming family and The Kingsley Amis Estate hope that fans of SPECTRE will be encouraged to reach for this thrilling book by one of the finest writers of the 20th century."

Of course, this isn't the first time an element from a continuation novel had found its way into a James Bond film. Check out: Déjá vu, Mr. Bond: The surprising similarities between the continuation novels and the James Bond films.

Colonel Sun was recently reprinted by Vintage Books in the UK and is available from


  1. You won't miss it - though it's had a 21st century make over.

  2. Child of the 70s is correct. Let us just say it's a painful experience.
    On a broader note, there are so many homages in SPECTRE it's in danger, at times, of looking like a montage of previous films and books.

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    1. Oh, I don't review the movies here. Only the books. Think I reviewed Casino Royale, but that worked because it was a book adaptation. I'll leave the reviewing to others. But I really enjoyed it.

    2. Ah yes. Of course. Makes sense.

      Will you pop something up over at CBn? It is time to hear all of your superlatives and enthusiasms again, especially in respect to Such an amazing movie.


    3. Probably not. I don't have the strength for forums these days. But I really enjoyed the movie. Not perfect. But a good solid Bond.


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