FOREVER AND A DAY
By Anthony Horowitz
The minute you see that large ‘007’ on the cover, you can almost hear the James Bond music begin…
Set before Casino Royale, author Anthony Horowitz takes us to a time when James Bond doesn’t own the ‘007’ mark quite yet. An agent lies face-down in the waters of the French Riviera, and it’s M who decides that Commander Bond is due a promotion after his success at taking down a villain in Sweden. M puts Bond on the path to legendary status as being the “best of the best” of all spies by sending him to pick up where the now-dead agent left off.
Monte Carlo in the 1950’s has everything from beautiful women to a memorable villain. This assignment has Bond walking into a casino, not too long after arrival, and meeting a femme fatale by the name of Sixtine. She’s a woman with many voluptuous characteristics, including a very intelligent mind, and puts her order in with the bartender for a martini, shaken not stirred, before Bond can come up with it.
Not exactly knowing whose side this woman is on, Bond does his investigating and finds himself at the mercy of a Corsican drug dealer named Scipio. This man has control over the South of France, from the police to the port, and Bond will have to find a way to eliminate him before he joins the agent who was recently taken out of the game.
Explosions, car chases, a cat-and-mouse game that goes from land to boat and back again, Horowitz has done an excellent job keeping what all the world loves about Bond in place. With some original material from the Fleming estate, Horowitz adds his own extreme talent to the story and ends up making an “early” Bond that, yes, deserves a place on the screen. Although, I’m not sure if anyone will like it if Daniel Craig takes a bow.