James Bond special on BBC Radio 4

Young Bond author Charlie Higson talks to Martin Amis about his father Kingsley’s interest in Bond. In addition to writing Colonel Sun (under the pseudonym Robert Markham), Kingsley Amis also wrote The James Bond Dossier and The Book of Bond, subtitled Every Man His Own 007.

The broadcast, entitled Amis, Amis and Bond, will take place on Tuesday 17th July at 11.30 a.m. on BBC Radio 4.

Read the press release below:

Amis, Amis And Bond
Tuesday 17 July
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Martin Amis explores his father’s obsessive interest with James Bond and the writing of Ian Fleming, with fellow Bond enthusiast Charlie Higson. Forty years ago, Kingsley Amis undertook an unusual project – analysing in detail all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, and compiling a guide to being James Bond for prospective spies, based entirely on Fleming’s writing.

Comedian Charlie Higson talks to Martin about his father’s Bond obsession, and Fleming’s role in his life and work. Film and music extracts are used to add colour and texture and evoke the faded glamour of the Bond novels. The programme also paints a vivid and affectionate portrait of two much-loved, but very different, writers; gives listeners new insights into one of popular culture’s best-loved characters; and reveals a hilarious and unknown piece of comic writing: The Book Of Bond.

Amis, Amis And Bond tells the story of all Amis’s Bond writings in a funny, pacey and highly textured fashion.

Presenter/Martin Amis, Producers/Lucy Dichmont and Barney Rowntree

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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