Pairing: M/James Bond
Fic Title: Untouchable
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, dub con but addressed (aphrodisiac made them do it)
Genre: Psychological drama, Suspense, smut, angst.
Why This Must Be Read: Oh, wow. Wow. As I said in my last set of M/Bond recs, one of the main things that draws me to this pairing is the layers and layers of psychological power dynamic these two have. I love that, despite being much more physically frail than Bond, M is always the person in control of just how they interact, but that Bond's submission is willing, and thus why she has power over him in the first place. This story is a master's thesis on just that, and is absolutely gorgeous in its set up and execution. I love that M isn't perfect here, and that she really has to puzzle through her behavior and reaction to Bond. This is a moment of forging in their relationship and dynamic, and this story does a fantastic job of setting up the shift that happened between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. LOVE IT SO MUCH.
Fandom Category: James Bond (Daniel Craig films)
Pairing: M/James Bond
Fic Title: The Room and the Road, The Rabbit Hunters, and La Vita Nuova
Rating/Warning(s): First story is M/Hard R, and though the rest are more PG, the mature themes continue throughout the series. Non-con/sexual assault(non-graphic, first story only, referenced after), canon-typical violence.
Genre: AU, angst, friendship, psychological drama, suspense, action.
WIP?: All stories are complete.
Why This Must Be Read: One of the smartest Skyfall-AU stories I've encountered. It's not an easy read, but it's definitely in-character with what Skyfall set up in terms of character. I love this a lot because it's an M-centric narrative, and explores the fallout of Silva's obsession and just how her life would have continued had things not shaken out the way they did in the film. Both M and Bond are fascinating and damaged people in this, and their relationship and the way they rely on each other just makes my heart ache. It's a different ending than what we get from Skyfall, but strangely hopeful despite (because of?) the preceding badness.