Daniel Craig

Wish I’d Dunnit

A review of a whodunnit by someone who writes them.   NO SPOILERS At first glance Rian Johnson’s film ‘Knives Out’ is a throwback to the Golden Age of the paperback whodunnit, complete with a baroque mansion, numerous dubious relatives awaiting the reading of a will and a freelancing detective who’s helping out the slower-witted […]

Bond Is Back (But He Never Went Away)

There are certain constancies to British life, things which have been set in place all my life; the Queen, London, the Beatles and Bond being among them. Every generation is seeing changes of course but London has a fundamentally stable culture. The first 007 book was published when I was 5 years old, and I’m […]

Essay: The Spectre Of 007

With the spectre of ‘Spectre’ on the horizon, it’s worth taking a look at the very peculiar world of James Bond in more detail. Bond is the idealised man for a generation of men who missed the war. It is hard to overestimate the effect 007 had on post-war readers and audiences. Here was the […]

How Skyfall Saved Bond

Balancing character and plot is a trick I’ve only properly learned in recent times. For many years I hid my characterisation deficiencies beneath overly clever and carefully structured writing, but my Bryant & May mysteries forced me to reconsider my working methods. The reading journey must always remain true to the characters. The moment you […]