Still have a copy of this odd James Bond pastiche published in 1962. I remember when I first caqme across a copy and saw all the ghost titles (Lightningrod, For Tomorrow We Live, The Chigro of the Narcissus, Toadstool, Doctor Popocatapetl, From Berlin, Your Obedient Servant, Monsieur Butterfly, and Scuba Do-Or Die) listed on the back and thinking they were real.
J*mes B*nd takes on the evil Lacertus Alligator, president of TOOTH (The Organization Organized To Hate). This Harvard Lampoon parody deftly cuts to the heart of James Bond’s drinking habits, particularly the precision with which he orders, and the amounts he consumes.
J*mes B*nd raised the glass, sniffed, and swallowed deeply. A slight frown of concentration furrowed his brow as he tested the effect on his intestinal tract, and then he smiled at the waiter.
‘Perfect, George. Three more just like it please.’
There have been a number of parodies of Ian Fleming and James Bond over the years. However, this one resonates decades after its publication as a Harvard Lampoon send-up of Goldfinger.
It’s easy to see why. First take a look at the cover. The Lampoon, which published Alligator in 1962, modeled it after the New American Library paperback versions of Fleming’s novels. The novel’s hero, J*mes B*nd consumes seemingly even more alcohol than Fleming’s Bond did.
The parody’s supposed author was I*n Fl*m*ng. In reality, it was co-written by Michael K. Frith and Cristopher B. Cerf. Cerf’s father was book publisher Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), perhaps best known as a panelist on the long-running (1950-1967, in its CBS incarnation) game show What’s My Line?
Apparently, there was a J*mes B*nd short story titled Toadstool, which appeared in a Playboy magazine parody published by the Lampoon. Rumour has it this has not been reprinted because of plagiarism issues (some sections are very close to Fleming.).