While the upcoming centenary novel, Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks won’t be released until May of next year, James Bond fans will be interested to know that the author included an amusing 007 story in his collection of parodies, Pistache, which was released in October 2006.
Entitled Ian Fleming Thinks Even James Bond Goes Shopping, the parody features Bond on a mission of sorts in a supermarket:
Ignoring the selection of instant mashed potato (Cadbury’s Smersh, he thought ruefully), he walked through pet food and made for the wine selection, which was supervised by a young Mexican.
‘Tell me,’ said Bond, ‘do you have a Chateau Gruaud La Rose 1990?’
‘Eh, no, sir, but we ‘ave the Sauvignon/Shiraz from Paraguay for £3.99.’
It was part of Bond’s profession to kill people. He never liked doing it, he reflected as he fitted the silencer to his .25 Beretta, regret was unprofessional. In any case, a cellar master without a decent Médoc did not really deserve to live.
In addition to the James Bond story, Faulks also features several other notable authors in the collection, including Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Ernest Hemingway and Kingsley Amis.
Pistache, a ‘collection of fanciful, satirical and surprising parodies, squibs and pastiches,’ can currently be ordered from amazon.co.uk for a discounted price of £7.69.
Devil May Care is due for release in May 2008 and will be published by Penguin in the UK and Doubleday in the US.