Cas-Ian-o Royale: James Bond-age with Ian Rogers

Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

In coop­er­a­tion with the strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful and tal­ent­ed peo­ple behind ChiZine pub­lish­ing, I here­by present James Bond-age, a series of inter­views with the many bril­liant con­trib­u­tors who make up the new­ly-pub­lished Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond.

And yes, bra­vo, Mat­lock, you found me out, I’m one of the contributors—my short fic­tion “Not an Hon­ourable Dis­ease” makes up the clos­ing story—so you needn’t point out the con­flict of inter­est here. I’m a writer/publicist, not a jour­nal­ist. My blog, my rules. Go home, cry to mom­my for a bit. This is the Inter­net! It’s Thun­der­dome! So unless you’re pre­pared to jump around a cage on bungee cords whilst wield­ing a chain­saw, zip it.

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I’ll be post­ing inter­views in order of the Table of Con­tents. Today’s author?

Spe­cial Agent 0014, Licence to Mind Your Man­ners

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers is the award-win­ning author of the dark fic­tion col­lec­tion Every House Is Haunt­ed. His nov­el­ette, “The House on Ash­ley Avenue,” was a final­ist for the Shirley Jack­son Award and has been optioned for tele­vi­sion by Uni­ver­sal Cable Pro­duc­tions.


Tell us about your sto­ry, “Two Graves.”

It’s about Bond track­ing the leader of a crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tion to the snowy wastes of North­ern Cana­da. It’s sto­ry about duty and moral­i­ty in a world where both of those things are ren­dered mean­ing­less.

How did the idea come about?

When David and Made­line approached me about writ­ing a James Bond story—and the idea of doing some­thing dif­fer­ent with the character—I got to think­ing about Ian Flem­ing, which for some rea­son made me think of anoth­er Eng­lish nov­el­ist, Nevil Shute. This in turn made me won­der, What would hap­pen if Bond was a char­ac­ter in On The Beach? The idea seemed inter­est­ing enough to war­rant a sto­ry, so I wrote it.

What was your first intro­duc­tion to the world of James Bond?

I got to think­ing about Ian Flem­ing, which for some rea­son made me think of anoth­er Eng­lish nov­el­ist, Nevil Shute. This in turn made me won­der, What would hap­pen if Bond was a char­ac­ter in On The Beach?
When I was a kid, I watched a lot of the Bond movies with my dad. When I was old­er he intro­duced me to the nov­els. Both are dat­ed, some in bla­tant­ly sex­ist and racist ways, but they still have their worth as arti­facts of a time and place—namely, British adventure/spy sto­ries of the 1950s, set against the back­drop of a post-WWII Europe and the begin­ning of the Cold War.

Where would you advise a Bond new­bie to start?

Start at the begin­ning, with Casi­no Royale. The nov­els are best read in the order they were pub­lished. The series doesn’t have a ton of con­ti­nu­ity, but there is some, and it’s best enjoyed as one long saga of Bond’s career.

In the world of Bond, what would you like to see hap­pen?

I’d like to see a Bond sto­ry where Bond is no longer employed by the Secret Ser­vice. What would he do with his time? Would he still have adven­tures? What would his moti­va­tion be? I think it would be inter­est­ing to explore the man, the char­ac­ter, behind the cold-heart­ed, tac­i­turn spy.

From Daniel Craig to Idris Elba. I can total­ly see this.

What’s your opin­ion of James Bond as a per­son? As a secret agent?

He’s a cold-heart­ed bas­tard with a one-track mind. In short, the per­fect per­son for the job.

Favourite/least favourite Bond movie?

Favourite: Casi­no Royale (the Daniel Craig ver­sion). Worst: Too many to list. And the rea­son for that is so few direc­tors and screen­writ­ers under­stand the char­ac­ter. They devi­at­ed too much for the source mate­r­i­al, which is always death for a movie adap­ta­tion of a writ­ten work.

Who should play Bond after Daniel Craig?

I think Idris Elba would make a great Bond. Or Char­l­ize Theron.


Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

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