Friday, April 17, 2015

RAYMOND BENSON offers up "12+1: Twelve Short Thrillers and a Play"

A new anthology of short stories by former Bond author Raymond Benson, 12+1: Twelve Short Thrillers and a Play, has been released as an eBook by Crossroad Press. Here is a description:

From internationally-acclaimed author Raymond Benson, “12 + 1” is a collection of previously published mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, all told with wry humor and in the spirit of The Twilight Zone--plus some unpublished works such as “The Heart of Erzulie,” “Fortunata-697,” and the stage play “Second Chance.” Spies and detectives, rock ‘n’ roll crime, time travel, androids, alternate history, an encounter with St. Peter, and even The Black Stiletto, all in one compact anthology.

This description should make fans of the literary Bond sit up and take notice. In 2004, Raymond revealed that he had written an unpublished James Bond short story called, "The Heart of Erzulie."

But before we get too excited, know that the story in this collection is not Raymond's Bond story. The main character in this story is named Brock Fuller. However, it's not impossible to imagine that at least some elements of the Bond story (the Erzulie voodoo legend at the very least) find their way into this one, so this is something fans of Raymond's Bond might want to check out.

Purchase 12+1: Twelve Short Thrillers and a Play at

Monday, April 13, 2015

SHOOT TO KILL eBook to be released in the U.S. and Canada

Great news today! Steve Cole's first Young Bond novel, Shoot To Kill, will be released as an eBook in the U.S. and Canada on April 27. As there are currently no plans for a North American print edition, this is welcome news for U.S. fans who want to read the continuing adventures of Young Bond.

The Shoot To Kill eBook is published by IFP. Here's a first look at the newly designed cover art by David Eldridge at Two Associates.

In Shoot To Kill, Steve Cole picks up where Charlie Higson left off and sends James Bond to Hollywood on his first trip to the United States. The book was released in hardcover in the UK by Random House Children's on November 6, 2014.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Two more JOHN GARDNER covers by Michael Gillette

Simon Gardner has shared on Facebook two more Michael Gillette covers for new German editions of John Gardner's No Deals, Mr. Bond and Scorpius. No release dates yet.

No Deals, Mr. Bond.


Gillette did the cover art for the 2008 Centenary editions of the Fleming Bond novels, and well as a German reprint of Colonel Sun.

Thanks to Simon Gardner.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

YOUNG BOND audiobook refresh

Whole Story Audiobooks have released the first four Charlie Higson Young Bond novels in the UK with cover art using the new Young Bond logo. These are the unabridged readings by Nathaniel Parker. I could not find a listing Charlie Higson's last novel, By Royal Command.

Whole Story also released the audiobook for Steve Cole's first Young Bond adventure, Shoot To Kill.

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.


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