The spy who loves us

By admin
10 June 2011

He eats bobotie, drinks Zulu beer, listens to Ladysmith Black Mambazo and speaks with an Afrikaans accent. Not some savvy local but Bond,James Bond.

The world’s most famous fictional spy has gallivanted in many countries and in Carte Blanche, the long-awaited new 007 novel, he finds his way to South Africa.

Hunting a villain, Bond jets into Cape Town in the guise of ruthless mercenary Gene Theron who quaffs local wine, mingles with locals and romps with a lover.

It’s publicity to gladden the heart of South African Tourism – thanks to bestselling novelist Jeffery Deaver who set more than half the newest Bond thriller in Cape Town.

When Deaver was approached by the Ian Fleming estate to write the 37th Bond novel he knew from the start he wanted to set most of the action in Cape Town.

‘‘I’ve been coming to South Africa for over a decade and I love the country,’’ he tells us from his home in Washington, USA. During his trips he has enjoyed staying at the Cape Grace hotel and sampling local cuisine.

‘‘I’ve had some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted in downtown Cape Town. I’ve also had homemade springbok biltong but I still have not tried mopani worms.’’

After spending so much time here he was confident he could write about the country in a way that appeals to readers. And it seems he made the right call.

Earlier this year Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director who’ll make the movie, was spotted scouting locations in Cape Town.

Hunky actor Daniel Craig is expected to return to the screen as Bond and Anthony Hopkins andJavier Badem are likely to be cast as baddies in the film, due for release in November 2012.

Read the full article in YOU, 16 June 2011.

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