Bond Alive and Well: Trigger Mortis

I can’t resist a James Bond film; who can?

Equally, I can’t profess to having read all of Sir Ian Fleming’s work, but I have dabbled with a few of the James Bond books: they’re a fun read though admittedly a little backward in their views on society. This latest addition to the collection is no exception, as although it was helped along by the fantastic Anthony Horowitz, there are traces of Sir Ian Fleming’s unpublished work.

What I most enjoyed about this book wasn’t necessarily the story, it was no revelation to the action adventure genre, but I liked that it kept in sequence with its predecessors. Us Brits have a number of traditions that we don’t like people messing with, and James Bond is one of them. I could never imagine catching a twenty first century man asking for Martinis – maybe that says a lot more about me than our culture –  but if somebody came along and thought about changing Mr Bond’s favourite tipple, there would be petitions signed and uproar in the streets. We like our Bond the way he is.

Trigger Mortis is a step into 1950s secret service and briefly into the world of motorcar racing, which is a fun escape from reality. As a stereotypical young woman, I can’t pretend I’m particularly interested in car specs, so the beginning quarter did drag a little. However, when we got stuck into the action itself, I soon forgave the slow start.

Bond is Bond, but we like him because of this. I appreciate that maybe some of the chauvinistic, sexist, xenophobic associations of the past make the literary character outdated, however if we change him to fit into our modern world, we would lose the very essence of Sir Ian Fleming’s work. I appreciate the difficulties Mr Horowitz would have to bring continuity to the series, without alienating his readers, and I think he balances this well.

Trigger Mortis is for people who like Bond, flaws and all. If you enjoy spending a Saturday afternoon, curled up on the sofa, as Bond takes to far flung lands to ensure the world remains a safer place, then I reckon you’d probably quite like this book too.

Trigger Mortis: Anthony Horowitz

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