James Bond has been given a very outspoken gay friend to keep his chauvinism in check.
Anthony Horowitz, the author of the new Bond novel Trigger Mortis, said he had preserved Ian Fleming’s character – complete with 1950s attitudes – but inserted ‘little twists’ to make the secret agent more palatable in this era of political correctness.
‘The book is true to the character and keeps him as fans would want him, which is as the original hard-bitten guy,’ he told RTE radio station.
‘But then it always challenges and nudges and says “well wait a minute.”
‘One of the challenges of writing the book was that attitude that a heterosexual man can change a woman’s life and make her go weak at the knees.
‘That’s something that would be challenged, I think, in the 21st century.’
So who will challenge these antiquated ideas?
‘I also gave him a very outspoken gay friend, who chides him and says “come on Bond, you’re living in the 20th century now not the Middle Ages.’ Horowitz said.
Pussy Galore, who was recently revealed to be a lesbian overcome with lust for Bond, also makes a return in Trigger Mortis, which was released on Monday (7 September).