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

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The Independent Online
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.

Alistair Wyper

Morecambe, Lancashire