YB5 and the Future of Young Bond

Filed under: By Royal Command,Hurricane Gold,Young Bond on Sep 8, 2007 at 1:56 pm

If you’ve read Hurricane Gold then you should have noticed a few hints to James Bond’s future adventures including most notably the fifth, and currently untitled, Young Bond adventure. Coming in the form of letters sent to James, the reader is given clues to what Young Bond may be in for including the name of the legendary maid first mentioned in You Only Live Twice and a setup for life after Eton College.

The following reveals those clues and speculates on what they may mean. Read at your own risk.

During Hurricane Gold James Bond receives three letters from his friends at school. The first is a letter from Pritpal explaining that after an event in Double or Die, Katey the maid has decided to call it quits. Replacing her is Roan, a young maid rumored to be seventeen years of age. As you’ll recall in You Only Live Twice, M writes that Bond was moved from Eton to Fettes per his Aunt Charmian’s request due to alleged troubles with a maid. Obviously Roan is that maid or so it would seem anyway.

This leads us to the second letter that is sent to James, this time from his pal Perry Mandeville who played a significant role in Double or Die. Due to a crackdown on the Danger Society while James was away, Perry protected the whole lot and essentially got himself expelled. His father has thus moved him on to another school and ironically this other school is Fettes in Scotland where, once again according to You Only Live Twice, Bond ends up after his adventurous career at Eton is over. This brings up the question of whether after Young Bond book 5 Charlie Higson or another writer will continue on the Young Bond series. “Young Bond II: The Fettes Years” or so on. I would actually bet on it, though in a recent Q&A session Charlie seemed more keen on writing about Bond during another point in his life. Who knows, but Young Bond has been incredibly popular in England (unfortunately not in the US, yet…) and everyone seems to be happy with Higson’s books thus far. I know I am anyway. I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility.

The third letter sent to James gives us information we already really know. Mr. Merriot writes to Bond to inform him that next Easter there will be a school party heading to Kitzbuhel in the Alps. (Read the CBn interview with Charlie Higson)

I was thinking about all this, about what we know from interviews with Charlie, and I’ve got another one to add. This is pure speculation. I really have nothing to go on, but my current thought at the moment is that we may see Mister Glass in the future. If I recall correctly, Charlie hinted that James is going to have a run in with the secret service in Book 5. It’s also been hinted that the Russian baddie from Double or Die, Colonel Irina Sedova aka Babushka the Grandmother will also return. And, according to Hurricane Gold, in Mrs. Glass’ own words, Mr. Glass, who is a ruthless American spy, “is a double-triple-quadruple agent. He sold secrets to the Russians, the British, the Americans, the Germans, and they all thought they were his best buddies.” In the end, it’s stated that Mr. Glass disappeared, possibly taken by the Russians. Put them all together and it’s possible, although a hell of a coincidence, but the again Bond is really all about coincidence if you think about it; running into a guy from Casino Royale in Miami which leads to Auric Goldfinger, running into Count Lippe in Thunderball, running into Blofeld in Japan in You Only Live Twice – there are plenty of these examples within Fleming’s and even Higson’s novels. All that plus I think it would be neat to have another villainous family much like Jack and Seraffimo Spang from Diamonds Are Forever. But who knows. Interesting though….right? (I probably wouldn’t bet on this :) )

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