Friday, April 14, 2006

And the winner is...

Ted Baker, of course. This gold-plated Royal was owned by Ian Fleming, creator of the world's uber-spy, James Bond.

For those who have read Beneath A Panamanian Moon, I created John Harper, the world's most reluctant spy, as a counter to the suave Bond. Harper, like many young men, read of Bond's romanticized adventures in intelligence and thought it would be a good career, unaware until it was too late that real intelligence work is an ugly and sordid business.

As Tim O'Brien says in The Things They Carried, we tell glorified war stories because, if we told the truth, no young men would ever volunteer to go.

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