Saturday, March 28, 2015

SPECTRE teaser reveals "Young Bond"

We all knew the new Bond movie SPECTRE tied-in with Fleming in that it brings back the classic criminal organization featured in Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. But from what we can see in the newly released teaser trailer, it looks like the film also contains a nod -- in a fashion -- to the popular Young Bond book series.

In the screen cap below we see a photo of a young James with, presumably, Hannes Oberhauser, his climbing and skiing instructor whom Bond referred to as "something of a father to me at a time when I happened to need one." So, technically, this is the first onscreen depiction of "Young Bond." But who is the mysterious other boy? Hmmm...

While Bond's schooling and skiing days in Switzerland occur after the Young Bond series (so far), Hannes Oberhauser appeared in Charlie Higson's last Young Bond novel, By Royal Command. The trailer also shows us a quick shot of a "Temporary Transfer of Guardianship" form signed by Charmain Bond, James' aunt, who is a regular character in the Young Bond series.

Of course, both Oberhauser and Charmian originated in Fleming (in name only, never as characters), so this is isn't really a nod to the Young Bond series per se, but it is fun to look at it this way.

You can check out the awesome SPECTRE teaser at The film will be released on November 6, 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Horowitz says "PROJECT ONE" news coming in May

Anthony Horowitz tweeted yesterday that he had completed the final edit of his new James Bond novel, codenamed "Project One", and that there will be news coming in May. Perhaps cover art and the final title on Ian Fleming's birthday (May 28)? IFP has used this date in the past to break big Bond  lit news.

Horowitz's new Bond novel is set in the 1950s and will be based in part on unpublished Ian Fleming material. The book will be released on September 8, 2015 in both the U.S. and UK.

UPDATE: Check it out. Mr. Horowitz himself had provided a little direct feedback to us via Twitter.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Win, Lose or Daylights

What's this? An international edition of The Living Daylights perhaps? After all, there's Timothy Dalton and Jeroen Krabbé, who played Georgi Koskov in the 1987 film, right there on the cover. So what else could this be?

Well, this of course is not The Living Daylights. There was never a Daylights novelization. This is actually a 1991 German paperback edition of John Gardner's Win Lose or Die. The "Bond of record" at that time was Timothy Dalton, so it's not unusual to see him depicted as 007. But how did Jeroen get there?

Extra points if you can identify the woman and where this image of her comes from. She is a Bond Girl.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOND around the world

I took a little trip around the web today and pulled down several international covers for Carte Blanche and Solo that I hadn't seen or shared before. Enjoy.

You can read my Book Bond reviews of Solo (HERE) and Carte Blanche (HERE).

Monday, March 9, 2015

"PROJECT ONE" temp cover art on Amazon

Temporary cover art for Anthony Horowitz's upcoming James Bond novel, codenamed "Project One", is now on This is for the U.S. hardcover edition from HarperCollins. No listing has yet appeared for the UK edition from Orion.

Horowitz's new Bond novel is set in the 1950s and will be partially based on unpublished Ian Fleming material. The book will be released on September 8, 2015 in both the U.S. and UK.

Pre-order the U.S. edition of "Project One" on

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


It was 10 years ago today that the first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, was published by Puffin in the UK.

Read about how the Young Bond series got its start in: THE SECRET HISTORY OF YOUNG JAMES BOND, PART I: YOUNG BOND BEGINS.

You can also read my original BOOK BOND REVIEW of SilverFin HERE.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

007 TRAVELERS track down the Book Bond

One of my new favorite James Bond destinations on the web is 007 TRAVELERS. Not only have they been providing up-to-the-minute SPECTRE coverage, but Pirita and Mika also travel around the world searching for 007 locations from both the books and films. The Finnish couple seem to have a special affinity for John Gardner locales, and that's fine by me! Today they've landed at Bond's Berlin hotel room in the Kempinski Hotel Bristol from Death Is Forever.

In the past, Pirita and Mika have tracked down Paula Vacker's apartment in Helsinki from Icebreaker, the Strada Cucina Italiana Restaurant from For Special Services, and even the various locales inside Disneyland Paris where Bond had his adventures in Never Send Flowers.

Keep up the great work Pirita and Mika!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pre-order Anthony Horowitz's new JAMES BOND novel

Anthony Horowitz's upcoming James Bond novel is now listed for pre-order on  This is the U.S. hardcover edition from HarperCollins. There is also a listing for a large print paperback.

Pre-order on Amazon.

No listing has yet appeared for the UK edition from Orion.

Horowitz's new Bond novel, codenamed "Project One", is set in the 1950s and will be partially based on unpublished Ian Fleming material. The book will be released on September 8, 2015.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Michael Gillette covers for ROLE OF HONOR and NOBODY LIVES FOREVER

The James Bond novels by John Gardner are being reprinted in Germany with original cover art by Michael Gillette (who did the covers for the Ian Fleming Centenary editions in 2008). License Renewed is out already; For Special Services and Icebreaker are due next month. Now two more Gillette covers have been revealed. Role of Honor and Nobody Lives Forever will be published on July 27, 2015, and can pre-ordered along with the rest of the books at Cross Cult.

Role of Honor
Nobody Lives Forever

CLICK HERE to check out the other John Gardner Bond novel covers by Michael Gillette. The artist also illustrated the cover of a new German reprint of Colonel Sun.

Thanks to Simon Gardner.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Final 3 Gardner reprints available for pre-order – final 5 eBooks released in U.S.

The final 3 John Gardner James Bond U.S. paperback reprints from Pegasus Books are now available for pre-order on Amazon. It looks like COLD will carry the U.S. title Cold Fall. The books will be released on November 15, 2015.

Pre-order the Pegasus paperbacks:

For you eBook readers, the final four Gardner novels have now been released by IFP for the Kindle. This completes the Gardner eBooks in the U.S. Interestingly, the final U.S. eBook retains the UK title COLD. Links below:

Purchase the IFP eBooks:
The Man From Barbarossa
Death Is Forever

Visit our special Gardner Renewed page for links to all the Gardner-Bond reprints in the U.S. and UK.

Thanks to KTSHawkman for the tip.

Friday, February 13, 2015

No plans for U.S. print edition of SHOOT TO KILL

Here's some disappointing news for Bond fans who have been holding out for a U.S. edition of Steve Cole's first Young Bond novel, Shoot To Kill. A reader named Derrick contacted Cole's literary agent, Curtis Brown, who had this to say:

"There are no plans at the moment to publish SHOOT TO KILL in the US, so a British copy would be your best way forwards."

This is not to say there will never be a U.S. print edition, but at the moment there appears to be no U.S. publisher on board.

The good news is the UK edition can be purchased on at a 46% discount. Even with shipping, the end price isn't all that different from what a U.S. edition would cost. Also, The Book Depository currently has the UK edition for $16.29 with free worldwide shipping. You can also find new and used copies via the U. S. Amazon Marketplace.

Thanks to Derrick for bringing us this news.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

First look at SPECTRE reveals a snowbound Bond

The official James Bond website and Eon Productions have today released the first still and behind the scenes footage from SPECTRE. Love a snowbound Bond!

Looking at this image I can't help but think of the great snowbound Bond novels of Ian Fleming (On Her Majesty's Service Service), John Gardner (Icebreaker), and Raymond Benson (High Time To Kill).

SPECTRE will be released on November 6th, 2015.


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