Gerald Wadsworth is back! This time he’s taken on Ian Fleming’s thrilling short story ‘From A View To A Kill’. Here Gerry explains why:
The short story was filled with so many possible visual interpretations that I was determined to find a unique nuanced element that would give me something that wouldn’t turn into a visual cliché. My first choice was the great line, “Crash dive – you’re wanted at the office,” but I couldn’t conceive of a good visual that would accompany the line. The later admission by Bond, smitten as he was by Agent 765 (Mary Ann Russell) – as he is with most Bond Girls – that her car exuded unforgettable elements of her personality, character and aura – struck me immediately. Fleming’s recitation of the items belonging to her that Bond found in the glove box of the battered Peuguot 403 was the clincher. To bring full closure to the visual, I included things that Mary Ann Russell might have had on her person, and used in her capacity as a secret agent for the government. Keys to drive the car were obvious. And the gun, mentioned in the last paragraph as “one that looked like a target pistol” made complete sense – especially in that she used it to save Bond’s life.