Higson asked: “Would the original Bond survive in our modern world, or would cancel-culture succeed where Spectre has failed so often and finish him off for good?”
The Young Bond novelist believes that while Fleming, who died in 1964, would be bewildered by many changes in society today, the portrayal of women in his work was ahead of its time.
He said: “Fleming kicked against the old-fashioned, 1950s view that women should be simpering housewives, put on a pedestal and wooed.
“Many in his books were athletic and independent just like the heroines in the new film. Fleming/Bond (their views were interchangeable) wasn’t a complete dinosaur.”