Author Anthony Horowitz said he was “absolutely happy to defend Bond”, adding that the fictional character is a man in his “50s and 60s” who lives by a “different moral code”. .
Orowitz, the author of fictional teen spy Alex Rider, has written three James Bond novels – the most recent of which was published in May of this year.
But the author, 67, who was CBE-rated on the 2021 New Year Honors list, where he was recognized for literary services, said the latest title, With A Mind To Kill, will be the title. His last for the franchise.
“When I write books, I always hear Sean Connery and see Daniel Craig,” he told the PA news agency.
“I am absolutely happy to protect Bond. He was a man of the 50s and 60s, so he lived by a different moral code than the one we have now.
“I reject the idea that he is chauvinist or sexist or deviant.
“I think he treated the women very well in his books and had a lot of respect for them, however I admit he had some attitudes that we wouldn’t celebrate now in the 21st century, but that’s because because the book was written in the 20th century.
“It was a different time.”
Actor Craig, 54, gave his final performance as a British secret service agent in No Time To Die last year, with a successor yet to be named.
Horowitz was commissioned by the estate of 007 creator Ian Fleming to produce a number of James Bond novels.
His first, Trigger Mortis, was released in 2015 and after its success he was asked to produce another film, a prequel to Casino Royale called Forever And A Day in 2018, which continued in 2018. followed by the issue of With A Mind To Kill in May this year.
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“Now I’m done with Bond. I’ve done three: Trigger Mortis, it’s career average; Forever And A Day started a career, and the new movie, With A Mind To Kill, ended a career, so I feel like it was a very good ending to a trilogy,” he said.
The author is also known for her youth fiction and has written for film, television, and theater during a career spanning decades.
One of his most successful works is the 12-part novel series Alex Rider, about a teenager of the same name who is unwittingly drawn into the world of international espionage.
The series’ first Stormbreaker novel was adapted into a film in 2006, starring Alex Pettyfer, and an Amazon Prime Video special that aired in 2020.
He is currently promoting his 56th book, The Twist Of A Knife (published by Century), a locked room mystery and fourth in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series, in which Horowitz appears as a way is himself, accused of murdering a theater critic who gave his new play. , Mindgames (which was actually a play he wrote), a bad review.
His extensive list of credits also includes being commissioned by the Conan Doyle estate to write two Sherlock Holmes novels, The House Of Silk and the sequel Moriarty, published in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
He is also responsible for creating and writing a number of popular British television series including Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.
Horowitz is delighted that the books he wrote 35 years ago are still in print, so maybe someone told him if there was any offensive content in them.
“There are very few things I regret – maybe odd things like mocking vegetarians, which I did 30 years ago,” he said.
“Now I hardly eat my own flesh.
“Your attitude may change, but since I’ve always been more focused on entertaining people than trying to upset them, there’s nothing in my books that I regret.”
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/anthony-horowitz-says-bond-lives-by-a-different-moral-code-to-one-we-have-now-41930706.html Anthony Horowitz says Bond ‘lived by a different moral code’ than the one we have now