Saturday, 14 April 2018
Flandry, Bond And Smiley's People
James Bond operates in exotic Terrestrial locations. (Only one short story is set at the Berlin Wall.)
George Smiley and his colleagues gather intelligence in dismal urban environments. Le Carre focuses on double-dealing and treachery. Catch a guy, turn him, just like that. An unrepentant Nazi works for the East Germans - then for the British when the Brits have caught him committing a murder. We are left feeling that no side is good or right.
M bought some intelligence from SPECTRE. If only Flandry could have turned Aycharaych against the Merseians!