»It could be suggested that the spy thriller itself — certainly after Somerset Maugham’s 1928 Ashenden — became the perfect genre with which to explore so many of the anxieties about identity and its representation to which the modernist greats gave expression. Like Eliot’s Prufrock, Bond and his peers are for-ever preparing ‘a face to meet the faces’ that they meet, always working with that lurking uncertainty as to whether they are the hero or the anti-hero of their own life’s narrative. Joseph Conrad had earlier delved into similar territory in his thriller The Secret Agent.«
Matthew Woodcock about the writer Ian Fleming invented, and his literary influences. His essay at The Spectator.
»More than half a century on, Boyd proves that there are plenty of pages left in 007’s passport and many miles still to fly in first class, a willing stewardess and a martini within reach. I doubt his creator could have done it better. «
You only live forever: Writer Olen Steinhauer about the latest James Bond novel Solo by William Boyd. His review at The New York Times.
»Manchmal glaubt man den Meister selbst aus dem Grab zu hören, so genau trifft Boyd den amüsanten und arroganten Stil Flemings(…)«
William Boyd ist Ian Fleming in Solo: Martin Compart über den neuen 007-Roman. Die Kritik findet sich in Martins Blog.