Saturday, 13 May 2017
Another Bond-Flandry Parallel
Flandry responds by immediately going into action against his enemies whereas Bond goes to pieces, nearly gets himself killed, nearly gets other people killed and nearly gets fired from the Secret Service. The story of how Bond pulls himself back together fills the two concluding novels of that series. At the end, Bond is back to normal but Fleming had died before the last novel was published whereas, at the end of Flandry's series, Flandry is a Fleet Admiral and his daughter has taken centre stage.
Flandry is sustained by antisenescence. Bond is sustained by Fleming revising his biography to knock ten years off his life. Nevertheless, if Anderson had continued that series, then succeeding novels would have been about Flandry's daughter. If Fleming had lived longer and written more, then another 00 agent should have come on-stage. Bond could not plausibly have remained active any longer.