Currently, all the “cool” kids are speculating over who’s a skrull, or who’s going to beat down on whom in
Contest of Champio Arena. But, here at LY&HF, we are dying to find out which iconic characters from 20C British fiction made it into the new League of Extraordinary Gentleman (released today in the US; boo sucks to the rest of the world).
We know Orlando’s in, and Bond, and bits of 1984. Tolkienia are presumably out, since they’re in a different world, or a ye olde version of ours. The book seems to be set in 1958, so that probably rules out references to too many later creations (like Miracleman or 2000AD). Who else will make it? Let the fannish speculation begin!
Anyone from Gormenghast–most likely Titus, given the third book in the series.
There’s got to be a Narnia shout-out, at least to the wardrobe.
Bulldog Drummond/Nayland Smith
Modesty Blaise (or is she too late?)
T. E. Lawrence (not exactly fictional, but the film is)
The Man in the White Suit/characters from The Ladykillers or Kind Hearts and Coronets
Members of the Famous Five/Secret Seven
Probably at least an oblique reference to the Lost Girls
The Drones club or, more likely, a certain “spineless invertebrate” and his personal gentleman (hi, Bully!)
And, man, it better have a cameo by John Steed and a young Emma Peel. If it doesn’t, I’m coming for you, Moore and O’Neill. That’s all I’m saying.