Originally broadcast yesterday on BBC Radio 4, 007 fans can now listen to Amis, Amis And Bond online. The radio programme features Young Bond author Charlie Higson speaking with Martin Amis, son of Kingsley Amis, about his father’s connections to the world of James Bond.
This fascinating programme looks at Kingsley Amis’ three James Bond-related books – The James Bond Dossier, The Book Of Bond Or, Every Man His Own 007, and most famously, Colonel Sun – and is a must-listen for fans of 007’s literary incarnation.
The programme can be streamed from this page on the BBC website (Real Player is required).
The original press release for the programme follows.
Martin Amis explores his father’s obsessive interest with James Bond and the writing of Ian Fleming, with fellow Bond enthusiast Charlie Higson.
Forty years ago, Kingsley Amis undertook an unusual project – analysing in detail all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, and compiling a guide to being James Bond for prospective spies, based entirely on Fleming’s writing.
Comedian Charlie Higson talks to Martin about his father’s Bond obsession, and Fleming’s role in his life and work. Film and music extracts are used to add colour and texture and evoke the faded glamour of the Bond novels. The programme also paints a vivid and affectionate portrait of two much-loved, but very different, writers; gives listeners new insights into one of popular culture’s best-loved characters; and reveals a hilarious and unknown piece of comic writing: The Book Of Bond.
Amis, Amis And Bond tells the story of all Amis’s Bond writings in a funny, pacey and highly textured fashion.
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