‘It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.’ – Thunderball, Ian Fleming, 1961
We often forget that James Bond was the character from a series of novels before becoming a movie icon. And that there are some great, magnificent lines from Fleming's novels that did not make it to the big screen yet. This is one of those, if I am not mistaken. Dry British humour at its best. James Bond is not meant to be a very wise person, he is in fact rather self-destructive, but there is a rationale behind it. The novel Thunderball is a worthy read for many reasons, among them it introduced Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld (whom I blogged about here and here), the complete ethical opposite of Bond, it has also one of the most chillingly believable plots of the series, but also because of lines like the one above. As we are approaching Ian Fleming's death anniversary, I thought of giving a bit of commemoration by celebrating his writing.