Monday 14 March 2016

Cold War

I had to return a borrowed item to the library today and decided that since I was there, it was my duty, as an educated person, to waste an hour or so wandering up and down the aisles of stacks of books. Normally, this isn’t very productive, but it does put me into a meditative state of sorts. Basically, I can do absolutely nothing and when I tell people I was at the library for the afternoon it becomes a valid way to spend my time. We need more of this kind of activity that is condoned and applauded by society.

Anyways, back at the library, my eye was drawn to a book. Actually, it was the title that drew me. “Trigger Mortis”. How clever is that? It turns out that this book is a James Bond story written using original material from Ian Fleming. More than likely the “original material” is typewriter paper, but I’m willing to give it a go. There was a time when I read all that Ian Fleming had written and when I finished the last book, I was saddened that there would be no more adventures of Britain’s 007.

Of course over the years there have been many books and movies to thrill those of us that can’t get enough James Bond. We live in exciting times. When I read the flyleaf of “Trigger Mortis” I discovered that the story will take place just after he had vanquished Goldfinger and parachutes out of the plane with Pussy Galore. The movie ends with Bond and Pussy under a parachute, James gets the girl of course.

I have always wondered how his relationships end. He is with a stunningly attractive woman when the movies end, but when the next adventure begins he is footloose and fancy free. Most of these women are lethal and I have an image in my mind of Bond hiding in doorways and ducking in Chinese restaurants in Shanghai just to avoid an unpleasant scene. I’d actually love to see him deal with running into an angry old girlfriend while playing Baccarat in Monte Carlo. Could be fun to watch.

I don’t know how this book will progress, but there are sure to be exciting plot lines and beautiful women. At the very least, I will know what not to read in the future.

I’m due back in the cold war for the next hour or so, so have a good night and if you need me I am sure Miss Moneypenny will know how to get in touch…

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