Septime, 504 pages, 26,- Euro
The Second World War saves him from an incurably crumbling existence. Ian Fleming, who is as famous as he is disreputable, has failed almost everywhere in the civil field, in any case as a cadet, a candidate in the foreign service and as a stockbroker. He comes under the naval reconnaissance. Decades later, Fleming gets to the heart of the phenomenon in "You Only Live Twice". He counts himself among the many neurotics whose misery ended with a civil existence.
"The war couldn't have been more interesting for me."
The first James Bond novel appears in the year Her Majesty the Queen of England was coronated in 1953. Above all, "Casino Royale" shows that James Bond was not designed as an unbeatable Hulk by its creator. Bond doubts his abilities. Although he proves his willingness to take action himself, he repeatedly reaches his limits without encouraging a post-heroic perspective.
Bond stands in a tradition of epoch-making sportsmen. He is a pillar of the camaraderie from the English sadistic boarding school system. For him, art and culture are part of society. These sizes guarantee something substantial beyond his social reach.
Bond counts himself as one of the preserving forces. His loyalty is sterile and limitless. However, it has no milieu. It is difficult to imagine Bond in a society of backward-looking monarchists. The agent touches the club scene on his way to the Caribbean.
The Conservatives have the better tailors, that would be an argument if Bond had to rely on arguments. But Bond only needs one mission. He is only interested in practice. The practice is exhausted in identifying, tracking down and eliminating the inherently overpowering and unscrupulous enemy. This does not take place from the first adventure as stylishly as it was later inscribed in iconography. At first, Bond appears more like a camper out in the wild, wearing a suit while shrugging his shoulders while on the town. He could pass as a model for casual wear.
Ian Fleming gave his creature its own repertoire. This included a number of aversions that a negligently brought up child of the upper class stereotypically derived from undigested contradictions. The parental home was as puritanical as it was hedonistic. Ian Fleming, like his more talented and popular brother Peter, had to complete the boarding ox tour. He responded idiosyncratically to coercion and saved himself from drill. His passions connected him with women who wanted sex and categorized him as a terrific lover. The Bond novels spread the concept, which does not come from an obsession because there is only fulfillment on all routes. Neither Fleming nor Bond seduce about their circumstances. You have mastered the genre and keep track of things.