I recently started dabbling back into the world of 007, beginning with reading the oral history of the movies, Nobody Does it Better. I like looking at different types of writing and try to pick out the approach and techniques. An oral history is an interesting beast, as you have to lump like subjects and work for a nice, smooth segue into the next topic, otherwise its a chapbook with disparate quotes. And, as you are likely aware, people tend to wander when talking.
There is some nuggets of wisdom in the book, both about writing scripts and approaching a visually satisfying story. There is a lot of indirect instruction about adaptation, and some good insight to the trial and error of editing. All of this is stuff I can put to use in my own career, and having it be about James Bond is just icing on the cake.
My favorite wisdom thus far has be regarding the approach taken with the franchise's humor and fantasy elements. They didn't take it seriously but they filmed/wrote it seriously. They knew it would be tongue in cheek, but they had to commit to the world they were in. One writer stated that their attitude was for the audience to "leave their brain under their seat" and to "not ask too many questions." It becomes an easy target for modern pick-apart clickbait but fiction should always be true only to itself.
Another interesting idea is regarding the worlds Bond moves within. When in the streets of Las Vegas, he's in the real world and realism is expected. When he is in the villain's lair, he's in a shadow world, another reality that doesn't need to play by the rules a pedestrian would recognize. The locales seem impractical? The set pieces unrealistic? Props seem conveniently placed? That isn't a gaff. Our protagonist is moving between worlds, and by buying a ticket, you've agreed to suspend belief and enjoy the fantasy premise.
I have a huge soft spot in my heart for spy-fi, but all imaginative fiction shares a bloodline and I feel that what I learn about the creation of James Bond can be useful in the project I am currently working on. I wonder if it will show through?
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