Charlie Higson's 007 twitter challenge
Tim Clark23 October 2012
Charlie Higson has been set the challenge of condensing all 12 of the original James Bond novels into 140-character tweets.
In a bit of a promotional push ahead of the new Bond film’s release this weekend, the self-confessed fan has been asked to turn the books into tweets which will appeal to both diehard fans and new readers alike.
Speaking in the Mtero Higson said: “I was asked to capture the essence of the books and tie them up and make them entertaining for someone who hadn’t read them… Also to put in stuff that the real Bond nuts can relate to.”
“140 characters is not much space to try to encapsulate the books…luckily, Ian Fleming’s plots are not very long,” he said.
“They tend to be Bond meets M who tells him ‘this is the villain go and sort him out’ and Bond goes and sorts him out. So it’s about getting the key elements and trying to make them fit the length,” he added.
“One thing I learnt quite early on was 007 is one less character than Bond.”
Higson is no stranger to the Bond theme, having written seven ‘Young Bond’ books focussing on 007’s young school days at Eton in the 1930s.
As a taster for his forthcoming twitter escapade Higson summed up the previous Bond film, Quantum of Solace with the following passage: "The film: There’s a car chase, I think, a villain, I think, something about an opera & water supply. Posh hotel in desert blows up. Bring on Skyfall"