James Bond | The changing world of 007
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 15 April 2008
DURATION | 5 minutes 02 seconds
To mark 100 years since the birth of Ian Fleming, Gordon Corera travels to the Caribbean to explore the author's Jamaican home, Goldeneye, where he wrote his Bond novels. He is joined there by James Taylor, curator of a James Bond exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, and Charlie Higson (pictured above), author of a series of novels about the secret agent as a teenager. Corera also meets Fleming's gardener, who shares some personal insights into the lifestyle of 007's creator.
Having penned five 'Young James Bond' novels, Charlie Higson admitted in a BBC London interview in 2010 that he was reluctant to continue writing about the adventures of the teenage Bond. The character was getting perilously close to the age at which (according to his official biography) he would lose his virginity in a Paris brothel. Higson felt this particular incident would be slightly out of step with the more child-friendly adventures Bond had been enjoying in his novels up to that point.
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