Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Secret Agents on Holiday
On different occasions, Dominic Flandry:
plans to celebrate his twenty fifth birth-week in the company of three young women, starting with a well-planned menu at Everest House (on Mount Everest?);
spends three months at a perpetual banquet and fights a duel;
spends a month with his son, hiking in the Great Rift on Mars, gambling in a miners' dive in Low Venusberg, flying through the rings of Saturn and dining on Iapetus with two expensive and expert women.
James Bond swims in the Seychelles where he harpoons a sting-ray and, in another story, really just a magazine advertisement, we are told where 007 eats, drinks, sleeps etc in New York.
Fleming wrote a non-Secret Service short story about Bond's experience in the Seychelles and we wish that Anderson had written more about Flandry's vacations.