Thursday, March 19, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: HARVARD LAMPOON’S J*MES B*ND ~ ALLIGATOR ~ BY I*N FL*M*NG!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: HARVARD LAMPOON’S J*MES B*ND ~ ALLIGATOR ~ BY I*N FL*M*NG!

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.).

7 comments:

Jason Whiton said...

I used to have this when I collected bond books growing up- really fun to be reminded of it here! I'd like to read it now as an adult. I remember also having some other parodies w/ a Yiddish tone about spy, oy-oy-seven :)
-Jason (SpyVibe)

Todd Mason said...

Sounds a lot better than BORED OF THE RINGS...C. Cerf certainly went on to other fun-filled and worthwhile things.

Jason, you and Bish might both particularly enjoy Harlan Ellison's seasonal Bondian parody "Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R."...

pattinase (abbott) said...

This is a new title for me.

Armstrong Sabian said...

Hey! I was just talking about this. I too have a copy and think it's among the best Fleming parodies.

I think Jason is talking about the Sol Weinstein books. Check out the links to the Weinstein books on this page:

http://www.shatterhand007.com/MemoraBONDia.html

Todd Mason said...

I failed to note...that would be the HARVARD LAMPOON, from which the NATIONAL LAMPOON was spun off, but not the same magazine (even if neither one is very funny at the moment).

bish8 said...

THANKS, TODD, FOR KEEPING ME ON MY TOES!

Nat G said...

Better than checking out that other site for more on the Oy Oy Seven books, you can head over to Oy-Oy--7.com where you can see that the books are back in print for the first time in around 40 years, and are available for the Kindle and such.