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007 in 140: British comedian condenses Bond novels into tweets

In the build-up to the world premier of Skyfall, the 23rd official outing for James Bond, British writer, comedian and author of the international bestselling Young James Bond novels Charlie Higson has taken on his own mission: to successfully condense each of Ian Fleming's 11 full-length Bond novels into 140-character tweets.

books Updated: Oct 24, 2012 12:46 IST
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Scottish-actor-Sean-Connery-as-007-Photo-AFP

In the build-up to the world premier of Skyfall, the 23rd official outing for James Bond, British writer, comedian and author of the international bestselling Young James Bond novels Charlie Higson has taken on his own mission: to successfully condense each of Ian Fleming's 11 full-length Bond novels into 140-character tweets.



Higson managed to reduce Casino Royale to: "Bond burns SMERSH paymaster in casino who takes revenge with carpet beater to manhood. Double agent Vesper gives 007 TLC & walks into ocean," while From Russia With Love becomes "007 lured to honey trap in Istanbul. Is killer Red the better agent? No. Murder on the Orient Express but 007 stabbed by Klebb's deadly shoe."

To make the challenge easier, Higgson sent an introductory tweet before each summary with the #BondTweets hashtag plus the name of the novel to follow.

So, if you think you're a Bond fan and have read all of the books, which novel is this?

"SPECTRE. NATO. Domino. Largo. Oh-oh, it's 007! Subs, scuba, spies & stolen nukes. Hi-tech plot but lo-tech end for Largo - harpoon in chest."