Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler have a Discussion on the BBC

On the 10th of July 1958, the titans of two genres – detective and spy fiction, sat down together and had a nearly 25 minute discussion on the BBC. In this very noteworthy radio appearance…

Fleming and Chandler talk about protagonists James Bond and Philip Marlowe in this conversation between two masters of their genre. They discuss heroes and villains, the relationship between author and character and the differences between the English and American thriller. Fleming contrasts the domestic ‘tea and muffins’ school of detective story with the American private eye tradition and Chandler guides Fleming through the modus operandi of a mafia hit while marvelling at the speed with which his fellow author turns out the latest Bond adventure.

Be careful about hanging out in the BBC Archive thought, once you start clicking and listening, you can lose hours of your life to all of the magic audio you will find.

Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler – A masterclass for thriller writers [@] BBC


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