Stan Barstow, famous for A Kind of Loving, an early 1960s novel about a Northern lad, Vic Brown, who gets smitten with a typist while working at the draughtsman's firm, with none too happy consequences. Only finished the third in the 'trilogy' last year, though it's really the original that makes it, the other two seemed like add-ons. A big impact on me when I was a teenager. Made into a film with Alan Bates. Barstow was 83.
Bond: Mr. Mathis, there's something that's been worrying me...
Bond: Well, you're a French police inspector, yet you speak with an Italian accent.
Mathis: Mamma mia, it worries me, too.