London: A novelist from Scotland - commissioned to write a new James Bond novel by the estate of Ian Fleming – has said that the screenwriters have underplayed 007’s true alcohol consumption in the movies compared to the troubled nature of the spy in the books.
William Boyd dismissed the work of others who have brought the character to life and deliberately chose not to see ‘Skyfall.’”
The 60-year-old historical novelist pointed out that in ‘Dr No’ 007 drank two bottles of bourbon, a bottle of champagne, a Calvados and four dry martinis in one night.
“In the films Bond is a cartoon character but in the novels he is far more troubled, nuanced and interesting,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling Radio Times.
In Skyfall, Bond returns to his childhood home in Scotland. But Boyd insisted, “Bond was brought up by an aunt in somewhere like Wiltshire.”
“He was sent to a boarding school in Edinburgh, Fettes – which is Tony Blair’s old public school – but only after he was thrown out of Eton for a dalliance with a maid,” he said.
“Bond’s father was Scottish and his mother was Swiss so he didn’t have a drop of English blood in him. He’s not the suave Roger Moore-type English toff at all,” he added.