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James Bond's Literary Afterlife
Bond after Fleming, From Amis to Deaver

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James Bond's Literary Afterlife   | Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood

The Robert Markham experiment stalled at Colonel Sun, so it wasn’t until Christopher Wood novelised his screenplays* for The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker in 1977 and 1979 – stories so different from their Fleming sources that they count as original fiction - that there was a new Bond author for the list.

Unsurprisingly, James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me and James Bond and Moonraker follow their film counterparts closely, but there are fun embellishments, particularly where Jaws is concerned. Jaws, we learn, is called Zbigniew Krycsiwiki (and just try wrapping your metal choppers around that one), and is the Polish son of a circus strong-man and the chief wardress of a women’s prison. His height led him to basketball, but his career ended when he beat a referee to death with a hoop. His jaw was destroyed in a merciless truncheoning by police during the bread riots of 1972, but after stowing away on a Stromberg ship in Gdansk, he was taken on as a henchman and given the steel gnashers we know and love by the Mengele-like ex-Buchenwald surgeon Ludwig Schwenk.

We didn’t make that up.

He's also explicitly mute according to Wood, so he doesn't speak at the end of Moonraker. Or get a girlfriend.

*Unless you count 1973’s fictionalised James Bond: The Authorised Biography by John Pearson

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