Friday, 21 April 2017
"'If you wanted James Bond, you sure were mistaken.'
"She gave him a blank glance. 'Who?'
"'Never mind,' he said, largely to cover his own astonishment.'"
-Poul Anderson, The Corridors Of Time, Chapter Two, (Frogmore, St Albans, Herts, 1968), p. 18.
Lockridge has to be astonished at Storm's ignorance of James Bond. He does not yet know that she is a time traveller from a much later civilization.
We can all too readily compare Anderson's Dominic Flandry to Bond (see here) although no such comparison is made in the texts. I recently compared Flandry's Merseian antagonists with Bond's Russian opponents (see here) although SM Stirling commented that the Merseians remind him of classical Japanese.
We cannot escape without a dose of synchronicity. Part II of Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire (London, 2006) is, for very good internal reasons, entitled "From Russia With Love." Larsson does not really need to tell us that this is:
"...a homage, of course, to Ian Fleming's classic novel." (p. 86)
But it is indeed a classic.