Would Lee Child have been a good choice to write a James Bond Continuation Novel?
This interesting interview with Time Magazine from 2007 claims that Lee Child- author of the Jack Reacher books- was asked to write a continuation novel twice in the 2000s, but turned down the offer. Here's the relevant quote:
You (Lee Child) were asked a couple of times to write a James Bond novel, and you declined. Why?
You would want to update it obviously, write a James Bond for the 21st century. Which would be very difficult, because James Bond is one of the reasons that the world changed, in a funny way. You'd be writing about the agent of change, and I think that would be very hard to pull off in a way that was intellectually coherent.
I think Lee Child might have had a good stab at Bond; his Reacher novels are written in deliberately Americanised prose, highly dissimilar to Fleming, but he might have been able to adapt his trademark style of blunt, laconic action scenes well to Bond action sequences.
So my question today is: would Lee Child have been a good choice for a Bond continuation author? Would others have liked to have seen Lee Child attempt to write a continuation novel?
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