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Poets have traditionally written to tempt coy mistresses into bed, and Marvell duly turns up inside the covers of The Poetry of Sex (Viking £14.99). Published in time for Valentine’s Day, this anthology features a huge “X” on its cover. Is there such a thing as raunchy poetry? Does the editor Sophie Hannah want us to admire the enjambment or heat- up so much that, like Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, we tremblingly push the book aside and “read no more that day”?

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Right of Reply: James Chapman

The author of the critique `Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films' replies to Nicholas Barber's recent attack on the Bond genre

Eidos pays Lara Croft's creator pounds 3.9m bonus

THE CREATOR of Lara Croft, the character that has taken the computer games market by storm, earned a pounds 3.7m bonus last year - one of the biggest ever paid to a British executive.

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Letter: James Bond was a man about town, but never a bigamist

Your article "Tomorrow never dies, and nor does 007" (Review, 30 November) repeats a misunderstanding contained in earlier articles about James Bond. The only "hint of bigamy" resulting from Bond's two marriages arises because the films On Her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Live Twice were filmed out of the sequence in which the novels were written. On Her Majesty's Secret Service was published by Jonathan Cape in 1963. Bond marries and his wife was murdered on New Year's Day. Bond was thus a widower when in You Only Live Twice, published by Jonathan Cape 1964, he entered his arranged marriage in Japan.

Letter: Croft options

Sir: Paul McCann ("The tabloid casting couch of Lara Croft", 12 November) suggests that if we have been "in a persistent vegetative state for a year" we shall not know who Lara Croft is. The opposite is the case. Only those who have been in such a state for a year will know.


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OBITUARY: Derek Meddings

The work of Derek Meddings thrilled millions of moviegoers, yet only a small percentage could actually name the man responsible for the special effects of the James Bond films of the 1970s and Hollywood blockbusters like Superman (1978). Within the industry, the reverse was true: American film-makers came to Pinewood Studios because of the international reputation of British technicians, and Meddings was one of the best.

Sports Letters: National thoughts

Sir: Instead of an ambiguous white flag being shown to signify to riders that there has been a false start, wouldn't it be better in classic James Bond style for the first fence to be mechanically raised an extra 10ft?
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