Sunday, March 28, 2010
In the French-speaking world, one of the best loved and longest-lasting fictional heroes is Bob Morane. If you imagine Indiana Jones, Biggles, James Bond and Buck Rogers rolled into one, you'll have a fair idea of the character. Here's an interview I conducted in October 2006 with his creator. It was originally published in The Bulletin magazine.
A hero of our time
Henri Vernès’ novels have sold some 40 million copies around the world. As he publishes his 200th book, he tells Jeremy Duns what keeps him writing
And while most people his age would be happy to manage a trip to the supermarket and back unaided, the man seated on the sofa opposite me is still working: he has just published the 200th novel in a series he began in 1953.
And so one of the great characters of popular fiction was born: Bob Morane. A Frenchman who served in Britain’s RAF during the war (later changed to the French air force), Morane is forever 33 years old, with short dark hair and steely grey eyes. A part-time journalist, he travels the world with his loyal sidekick, a massive red-haired Scot called Bill Ballantine, foiling villainous plots and saving damsels in distress.