Christie first admitted that the charms of her great Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, had worn a bit thin on her after nearly half a century spent with him:
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Christie's Hercule Poirot
Interjected the interviewer, "Like James Bond?"
"I've read some of those," a "smiling" Christie answered. "They're fun and they have that gadget appeal to youngsters...."
Christie went on to note, however, that she personally preferred reading the crime fiction of Georges Simenon ("those characters") and Elizabeth Daly ("scholarly writing, real people and plots arising from real-life situations").
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Fleming's James Bond
Regarding the Bond saga, the critic opined:
Gadgetry will date a story faster than slang, and, unfortunately, in 25 years James Bond will seem as dated as the mad-scientist movies of the 1930's do to us today....I do not mean to derogate Mr. Fleming, and I have seen every one of the Bond movies to date, but they really contain very little about human nature in them. The characters...bear little relation to reality.
A half-century later, Anthony Horowitz has published a new authorized Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, and Spectre, the twenty-fourth Bond film, will open around the world in November, the previous Bond film Skyfall, having earned over 1.1 billion dollars worldwide, making it the most popular Bond film, I believe, since the great heyday of the franchise back in the Sixties.
On the other hand, Sophie Hannah's authorized Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, was published a year ago (admittedly not to resounding huzzahs from yours truly); and this year British television has already seen a new television series based (purportedly) on Christie's early Tommy and Tuppence tales and a three-part television film adaptation of her bestselling novel, And Then There Were None, will air in December 2015/January 2016.
Looks to me like both authors (and their series characters) are holding on with the public rather well!
One more Christie post later today, as Christie Commemorative Week comes to a close at The Passing Tramp.