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Topic: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

Your thoughts on Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in John Pearson's James Bond Biography (1973)?

I'm particularly interested in the ending of John Perason's James Bond - The Authorised Biography of 007 (1973) where Irma Bunt is reported alive and well and continuing Blofeld's biological experiments - this time on rats and not the plants of the Garden of Death in the YOLT novel where she last appeared (having been knocked unconscious by Bond's stave). Pearson explains that Irma Bunt's skeleton was not anywhere to be found in the Castle of Death...leaving her return open.

What do people think of Bond going off to kill the killer mutant rats bred by Irma Bunt that were to eat livestock in Australia unless the ultimatum of a hefty ransom is paid?

Is it just me or does this sound rather parodical in nature - perhaps a comment by Pearson that  the Bond films were going too far in terms of silliness with the YOLT/DAF recent films (the novel being published in 1973)?

I am also aware that Irma Bunt returns in Raymond Benson's short story 'Blast from the Past' (1997) but I want to focus on John Person's Bond Biography in this particular thread if I may.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

Last edited by Silhouette Man (20th Jul 2015 18:46)

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

Can I flag up any interest in this at all? Or is it (again) just me that is interested? Is the horse dead?!  ajb007/lol

I intend to ask John Pearson about this subject very soon so any thread input is greatly appreciated.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

Silhouette Man wrote:

Is it just me or does this sound rather parodical in nature

Not much to add except I agree with your above view!!!  Sounds ridiculous

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

welshboy78 wrote:
Silhouette Man wrote:

Is it just me or does this sound rather parodical in nature

Not much to add except I agree with your above view!!!  Sounds ridiculous

Thanks - I intend to ask Mr Pearson about that. I think it must be a reference to the Bond films' outlandish plots and daft comedic elements by the early 1970s? Rather like the Anthony Burgess script for TSWLM film in a way:

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

I did read a review maybe by the James Bond British Fan Club, which enthused about the novel but thought the finale was ludicrous, with Bond heading off for one last mission. Was Pearson pressurised into including that as a kind of punchline? Or was he hoping to attract the attention of the movie people with a kind of pitch for a future Bond film? Or pitching as the continuation author before Amis got offered the deal?

The book does become crazier as it goes on, as it is too contrived to imagine that all these things happened pretty much as in the novels, and the dealing with them becomes increasingly blase, referring to the Thunderball affair almost in passing for instance.

Moonraker novel is overlooked of course, because the villain was a public figure and we know there never was a Hugo Drax. So it doesn't feature in the 'biography' as I recall.

You could ask Pearson what he thought of the other much later Fleming bio, which seems far less discrete about Fleming's extra marital shenanigans, and whether he was aware of that Fine Ounce Bond novelisation that never got published in the 60s but went out under another hero's name.

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

Napoleon Plural wrote:

Or pitching as the continuation author before Amis got offered the deal?

No, Amis's CS was about five years before Pearson's Bond bio.

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Thanks, Nap. I'll keep those questions in mind.

Any other interest in this topic out there in AJBland?

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

Didn't Pearson make out that Bond and Fleming made up the Moonraker
Story ( to confuse the Russians) and Drax was named after Bond's boyhood
Dog.  ajb007/smile

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Didn't Pearson make out that Bond and Fleming made up the Moonraker
Story ( to confuse the Russians) and Drax was named after Bond's boyhood
Dog.  ajb007/smile

Yes, Moonraker was a deception operation by British Intelligence to fool the Soviets (who financed Drax of course) so I'm not sure that made much sense. I personally don't care at all for that particular part of the Biography as Moonraker is my favourite Bond novel bar none and therefore I want it to be a real adventure.  ajb007/biggrin

I'm particularly interested in what you think about the Irma Bunt killer rat scheme, Thunderpussy?  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Sadly ,It's that long since I read it  ajb007/crap  last time I commented on it
I got it mixed up with the " Vampire Bat" of the Gardner novel.   ajb007/lol
Although I agree she was a very interesting character, her description
Walking the grounds with Dr Shatterhand is brilliant.

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Re: Irma Bunt's Post-Blofeld Career in J. Pearson's James Bond Biography?

The whole rat thing is just a teaser, to show that the story continues- with maybe a gentle bit of leg-pulling, which is appropriate.

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maybe its a tribute to Conan Doyle? in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson makes frequent reference to other adventures that happened but which he has not documented yet. One of those he refers to as The Giant Rat of Sumatra. That's such an evocative title that other authors over the last century have tried to actually tell the story. Look, theres a whole wikipedia page on versions of the untold adventure ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra ). The version I know is a Firesign Theatre album! ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXHcSBhfkx8 )
Since this whole book is Pearson fleshing out the details of Bond's life before and between the adventures in Fleming's books, maybe Pearson was conscious that he in a way was telling the story of the Giant Rat of Sumatra.

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Did Mr Pearson ever reply, SM?

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found supporting data for my zany theory in Pearson's Fleming bio:
in 1956 Fleming lent the use of Goldeneye to the British Prime Minister Anthony Eden. Goldeneye was a bit more rustic than the PM was expecting. A newspaper article claimed the PM found rats in Goldeneye and his police escort killed six of them. Pearson seems to suggest the scandal was what we now call "false news" and there was no real evidence the PM actually saw any rats

Pearson: "It was and still is almost as mysterious as Sherlock Holmes' Giant Rat of Sumatra" (pg 351, 2003 Aurum edition)

...so, Pearson knows telling the story of The Giant Rat of Sumatra is a thing, then when he writes his own James Bond book, he ends it by sending Bond off to Australia to fight giant rats