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  • Suspense fiction, English -- History and criticism.
  • Spy stories, English -- History and criticism.
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    Kiss kiss, bang bang : the boom in British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed : how Britain lost an empire but its secret agents saved the world / Mike Ripley ; [foreword by Lee Child]
    by Ripley, Mike, author.
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    [London] : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
  • Suspense fiction, English -- History and criticism.
  • Spy stories, English -- History and criticism.
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    9780008172237 (hardback) :
    0008172234 (hardback)
    xx, 428 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
    "When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically modest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story--'spy fantasy' (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carré, and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between"--adapted from Amazon.com.
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