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FOUR REASONS WE LOVE DR NO BY IAN FLEMING

• You will praise the values of the 21st century and thank your stars it isn’t 1958. Bond and Fleming are shockingly of their time when it comes to race and sex. Still, when our eyebrows shoot skywards, we are amusing ourselves by saying: “I have you in my clutches Mr Bond! And now you will take courses in both gender studies and post-colonial political theory!”

• Book Bond branches out from his expected martini and orders a G&T with a whole lime, halved and squashed into the glass. THAT is how you roll when the gin comes out.

• Read Dr No, end up with an unexpectedly detailed knowledge of the bird-pooh fertiliser industry. Surprisingly fascinating and who would have expected it?

• Also: spies! Midnight canoe jaunts! Beautiful people! You don’t have to be a straight, white male to enjoy all that, do you 007?

Dr No is the Big Read for the 2012 Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. It’s published by Vintage (£8.34)

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