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BrokenTune 2 years ago
LoL. The website you're linking to currently isn't working in Europe...I guess they are still updating their GDPR policies.


Since we established yesterday that Christie probably is the creator of some of the plots in James Bond as well as of the first Bond-mockery (seeing that her other spy thrillers have the unmistakeable Austin Powers quality to them), I would say The Rajah's Emerald would also make her the first author to write a Bond prequel.

The short story starts with this:

"With a serious effort James Bond bent his attention once more on the little yellow book in his hand. On its outside the book bore the simple but pleasing legend, ‘Do you want your salary increased by £300 per annum?’ Its price was one shilling. James had just finished reading two pages of crisp paragraphs instructing him to look his boss in the face, to cultivate a dynamic personality, and to radiate an atmosphere of efficiency. He had now arrived at a subtler matter, ‘There is a time for frankness, there is a time for discretion,’ the little yellow book informed him. ‘A strong man does not always blurt out all he knows.’ James let the little book close, and raising his head, gazed out over a blue expanse of ocean. A horrible suspicion assailed him, that he was not a strong man. A strong man would have been in command of the present situation, not a victim to it. For the sixtieth time that morning James rehearsed his wrongs."

Christie, Agatha. The Listerdale Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection) (Kindle Locations 2616-2623). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

It does sound a lot like the James Bond we know.


(For anyone who might stumble across this comment without context - my tongue is firmly implanted in my cheek.)
Wanda's Book Reviews 2 years ago
OMG, I've got to read the Listerdale Mystery!!!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
It's only one of the short stories in the book. And to be fair, I had forgotten all about this story. I should probably re-read the collection, too.
Wanda's Book Reviews 2 years ago
Yes, my library has it in a book called The Golden Ball and Other Stories. I'll circle back to it eventually!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Excellent! :D