Originally Posted by Malmordo
One thing that the Rowlands essay didn't address was the Mickey Spillane influence. I've mentioned before in this thread that both LTK and QOS seem to be designed more like Mike Hammer adventures than previous Bond films: the violence, sadism, streamlined plots focusing on revenge, the cold-blooded obsessiveness of the hero. Fleming was sometimes referred to as the British Spillane and there's been debate about how much the Hammer series influenced him.
Novelist Max Allan Collins posted an interesting review of SPECTRE that touched on Fleming's writing in relation to Spillane:http://www.maxallancollins.com/blog/2015/11/10/james-bond-and-me/
Well, shit. Evidently I'm not a James Bond fan because I thought SPECTRE sucked. Thanks Max Allan Colins.
The Spillane echoes in the novels had occurred to me before, although Fleming would seem to have a greater affinity for Chandler, with whom he corresponded, and who reviewed one of the Bonds, I forget which. Anyway, the Spillane thing reminded me of the early US paperback for Casino Royale
, very Mike Hammer-esque:
I used to have that paperback but lost it in a move, which kills me. It's worth a few bucks, but even if it weren't it was maybe my favorite piece of Bond ephemera. I get a kick out of how the back cover calls him "Jimmy Bond" for the further benefit of us unsophisticated Yanks.