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Saturday, May 14, 2011

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: EXCLUSIVE LEN DEIGHTON INTERVIEW!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: EXCLUSIVE LEN DEIGHTON INTERVIEW!

C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT ROB MALLOWS OF THE DEIGHTON DOSSIER IS FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TOP ESPIONAGE AUTHOR LEN DEIGHTON . . .

Though he spends much of his time in retirement outside of the UK, Len Deighton still visits London regularly and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with him on a recent visit. Over lunch we talked about his writing past and present, his approach to characterisation - notably the development of the rough-around the-edges Bernard Samson - and setting, his recollections of central London in the ‘sixties ..... and the dipping headlights on his 1978 Cadillac! We also discussed his experiences in the film industry, and he talked positively about the putative Bomber production and hinted at a possible film of Horse Under Water, the ‘missing’ Harry Palmer novel adaptation.

Having failed spectacularly to capture this conversation on my iPhone recorder (see posts passim), I asked Len if he would be willing to do a short interview for the website and blog via email, in the form of the Q and A.

He agreed. The result is this three-part online discussion, based on questions from me and from readers of the blog, the website and the related online forums. Given his infrequent appearances in the UK media, the Deighton Dossier is incredibly privileged to have this opportunity to engage with the author.

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

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