My Ultimate Crush has to be Dorothy Dunnett’s inimitable Francis Crawford of Lymond, the hero of The Lymond Chronicles. Francis has it all: good looks, an amazing intellect, physical prowess, and a knack for adventure—a swashbuckling version of James Bond. In fact, the brilliant Ms. Dunnett once told a group of adoring fans, of whom I was one, that Ian Fleming, Bond’s creator, had been one of her husband’s close friends, back in the day, and she’d been inspired, by proximity, I guess, to create a 007-type character and place him in an historical setting. She succeeded admirably, and Francis, patterned after Bond or not, is an unforgettable character in his own right.
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