Comments: 9
Wanda's Book Reviews 3 months ago
Aha! So Fleming didn't just borrow the JB name from the bird guide to the West Indies! He may have sampled a bit more widely!
BrokenTune 3 months ago
Well, he practically copied the whole of the plot of Casino Royale from Phyllis Bottome's book The Lifeline...so his borrowing antics are no longer a surprise.

http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/1637261/the-lifeline
BrokenTune 3 months ago
Exactly.
Murder by Death 3 months ago
Given the misogyny of Fleming's work, I wonder if he'd admit to not only reading AC but finding her an inspiration? (Me, wildly speculating, because I know zero about Fleming beyond the misogyny bit.)
BrokenTune 3 months ago
LoL. The funny thing is, when she introduced Sir Rupert and gave a description of his exploits (travel in China, Nepal, the x-stans, etc. I immediately thought of Peter Fleming (Ian's bro). :D It is unlikely, of course, that he would have inspired the character.

Still, it is entirely possible that he would have travelled through Baghdad at some point, possibly at the same time as Agatha. And he was working for the FO in the 30s, and was writing about his travels.

That's my wild speculation.

As for Ian admitting to being "inspired", I have no idea.
Elentarri's Book Blog 3 months ago
tsk tsk!
BrokenTune 3 months ago
Thieving so-and-so.
Elentarri's Book Blog 3 months ago
I was going to go with "plaigarist!!!!" but I don't know how much he "borrowed".