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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   | Kate Westbrook
Kate Westbrook

James Bond chick-lit! Green politician Samantha Fletcher wrote the trilogy of Moneypenny Diaries (plus a couple of short stories) between 2005 and 2008, under the alias Kate Westbrook, who is supposed to be Moneypenny’s niece and posthumous editor. In a flurry of playful publicity around the first’s publication, there was some attempt to convince people that Westbrook and her aunt were real, and that “James Bond” was a pseudonym for a genuine MI6 agent, before everyone got the giggles and had to admit that it was all made up.

The diaries were the first time Moneypenny was given a back-story (in colonial Africa), and the first time we learned that her first name was Jane. These aren’t Bond novels per se, obviously, but he does feature, for example playing a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. We also learn about the time between On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice, following Tracy’s death-by-Blofeld at the end of the former. “I liked the idea of this more vulnerable, sympathetic Bond,” said Fletcher. “I still wonder at my bravery / foolhardiness!”

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