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I too enjoyed Moonraker, but do feel they did miss a few things. They didn't describe Drax, which I
would have loved. In my view of Sir Hugo, I've always imagined an actor like Brian Blessed.

https://s31.postimg.cc/lcdkh0spz/8289174602_7562bf3f0c_b.jpg

A larger than life character, with a big voice, Booming across a Gentleman's club.

Also, the character of Q has appeared in a few of the radio plays. Now I was always
under the impression that Q was an "EON" invention, and owned by them. Hence why
J Gardner couldn't use Q in his novels and had to invent another character. Would anyone
know how or why Q can appear in these stories ?

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"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."

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OHMSS is on BBC radio 4 extra ( available  in  radio player )
In 15min chunks. As a book at bedtime.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I too enjoyed Moonraker, but do feel they did miss a few things. They didn't describe Drax, which I
would have loved. In my view of Sir Hugo, I've always imagined an actor like Brian Blessed.

https://s31.postimg.cc/lcdkh0spz/8289174602_7562bf3f0c_b.jpg

A larger than life character, with a big voice, Booming across a Gentleman's club.

Also, the character of Q has appeared in a few of the radio plays. Now I was always
under the impression that Q was an "EON" invention, and owned by them. Hence why
J Gardner couldn't use Q in his novels and had to invent another character. Would anyone
know how or why Q can appear in these stories ?

I couldn't agree more, TP. Samuel West is a good actor, and presumably played the part as Martin Jarvis directed him to, but should have been, I suppose, "bigger" a la Brian Blessed.

As to the Q question, I genuinely don't know what's going on here. These excellent Radio 4 productions are explicitly with IFP's blessing, and they don't own the rights to Q. They do own Major Boothroyd, as used by Gardner and later Benson under their umbrella, but to call him Q they would need Eon's permission and Eon have been a little sticky with regard to the Radio 4 productions (which is why they unfortunately can't be bought as CDs).

Edit: I tried to find out more about this, but have only (so far) found that Eon apparently have casting approval. That's clearly because Eon never ever, no sir, inappropriately cast anyone but might also explain the fact that various people who have been in the Bond films also turn up in the Radio 4 series (Toby Stephens, Joanna Lumley, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rosamund Pike).

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James Bond Solo, is the current book at bedtime , it's
Available  on the BBC radio player.   ajb007/martini

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I'm enjoying Solo on bbc radio player better than the
Few times, I've read it.  ajb007/biggrin

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'My Name is Fleming, Ian Fleming' is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

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