2 min read.Updated: 21 Dec 2012, 04:37 PM ISTZac O'Yeah
Giving new life to the creations of dead writers seems an apt literary strategy for our times
As I stepped out of the cinema after watching Skyfall, I couldn’t help but wonder why it is that 007 still works superbly on the silver screen. The movie demonstrates everything that is great about 007 as a character, while avoiding the pitfalls of the less successful instalments in the franchise. The effectiveness of the 007 films is a mystery when compared with the terrible 007 novels that have been produced by a slew of hacks after Ian Fleming’s death. I use the word “produced", rather than “written", as they constitute an affront to the tastes of the refined pulp aficionado.