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In 2013 BBC4 featured a ten-part reading of the William Boyd Bond novel – Solo.
It is 1969 and a civil war is raging in an oil-rich west-African country; the parallels with the Biafran conflict are obvious. Bond is ordered to Africa, undercover as a journalist, in an attempt to contact the rebel leader. When his real mission is discovered Bond is badly hurt.
After recuperating, Bond decides to revenge himself – he must go “solo”.
The radio adaptation was abridged to ten 15 minute readings (2 and a half hours, compared with the 7 and a half hours in the Audible recording of the full novel.)
It’s well-written, and in fact the abridged version probably feels more like Fleming than the full version. These Bond novels continue the Fleming novels through the 60s, rather than tie-in with the movie series.
Radio 4 page and episode list (no current stream available as of March 2020)
- Part 01
- Part 02
- Part 03
- Part 04
- Part 05
- Part 06
- Part 07
- Part 08
- Part 09
- Part 10