Bond - he's taken them all on, hasn't he? Those rum chaps at SPECTRE bent on world domination, arch Europeans who are pretty handy at whist, golf cheats, oil magnates, and that thinly veiled pastiche of Rupert Murdoch - all have fallen to the droll British agent.
Off he goes, barging into another super-villain's hollowed-out volcano, desperate to grab the microfiche with all those plans that hold the key to something or other set up in the first act, that we pretty much forgot as soon as the explosions started.
KA-BOOM!! Oh look there's a girl with her top off, no doubt sporting a name like Comegetme Imeasi. Cracking stuff, and in no way misogynistic.
Anyway, the Sceptic Tank is excited to learn that 007 is back in a new novel called Carte Blanche, penned by American scribe Jeffery Deaver. And this time he's taking on the murky world of recycling. Not, the Tank would suggest, an obvious choice for a genre famed for fast cars and fast women: "Quick, Bond! The lid on the ice cream tub is polyethylene - POLYETHYLENE!!!"
For reasons we don't fully understand (because we haven't read the book) arch villiain Severan Hydt, necrophiliac owner of recycling company Green Way, is planning an event that will kill thousands and damage British interests. Frankly, we reckon he could have saved himself the time and left London's appalling air quality to do the job, but that's by the by.
Hydt even has a "we're not so different you and I" speech given while touring a recycling facility. "Recycling's a curious business," he says.
So far, so formulaic. But the Tank suspects that Carte Blanche continues an interesting green trend for Bond. In the largely woeful Quantum of Solace, he took on a man desperate to control South America's water supplies, and now he's fighting another environmental terrorist. Could we be seeing the advent of James Bond, eco-warrior?
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