Raymond Benson, 007 scholar and one-time James Bond continuation novel author, granted an interview to the SIRENS OF SUSPENSE WEBSITE.
Here are a few of his observations.
About writing his 007 continuation novels and short stories:
“I grew up with Bond and (Ian) Fleming. I knew the universe inside-and-out…and I believe that’s why the people at the Fleming Estate hired me.”
On his favorite Bond actor:
Sean Connery will always be my favorite: he’s the iconic Bond, the guy against everyone else will be measured. That said, I feel the most accurate portrayal of Fleming’s literary Bond was that of Timothy Dalton.
On the chances Idris Elba will ever play 007:
As for the Elba discussion, it’s a moot point. Mr. Elba is a fine actor and could certainly do the role, but he’s aleady too old.
When the computers of Sony Pictures were hacked, one disclosure that emerged was that Sony executive Amy Pascal voiced a preference for Elba (born Sept. 6, 1972) to succeed Daniel Craig (b. 1968) in the role. Craig is currently filming SPECTRE, due for release in November and his contract calls for one more 007 film after that.
On whether Benson might every get the chance to do another 007 novel:
The Estate has never re-hired an author, just as the film producers are never going to re-hire Brosnan or Dalton.
Benson’s last Bond novel and 007 movie novelization were both published in 2002.
To view the entire interview, CLICK HERE.
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