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 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.
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?
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