James Bond

As a girl, Clarissa Pryce-Jones was caught up in the German invasion of Athens — and her saviour may have been Fleming’s original

Judi Dench’s embattled M in Skyfall at one point reaches not for a Beretta or one of Q’s exploding pens but a few lines of Tennyson. Would the words of Carol Ann Duffy work as well?

‘After an evening’s drinking a friend woke up to find he had gone to bed with George Bernard Shaw’

No novelist since Stevenson imparts so much energy into simple-seeming sentences through inch-perfect phrasing and punctuation