Sunday, May 24, 2015

On May 28th "all will be revealed"

It looks like the big "Project One" news will be coming this Thursday, May 28, which also happens to be Ian Fleming's birthday (I'm guessing that isn't a coincidence).


Thanks to Jay Tee for sharing this image on The Book Bond Facebook page.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

STEVE COLE at the Hay Festival, May 27

Young Bond author Steve Cole will be appearing at the Hay Festival this Wednesday, May 27 at 10am. Details below. You can buy tickets at the festival website HERE.


Meanwhile, Steve has revealed on his Steve's Space blog some "exclusive" details about his next Young Bond adventure. Says Steve:

"I’ve been hard at work on edits for my second Young Bond book. I can exclusively reveal that in this latest draft, the 40,000th word is ‘barricading’, the 50,000th word is ‘cool’… while the 60,000th word is ‘timber’. 
But that’s for your eyes only!"

Call me crazy, but I'm actually intrigued by the mention of "timber." Hmmm...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SHOOT TO KILL UK paperback cover art

Cover art for the UK paperback edition of Steve Cole's first Young Bond novel, Shoot To Kill, has been revealed on the official Young Bond Facebook page. The paperback is slated for release on October 22, 2015 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.co.uk.


Shoot To Kill was released in hardcover in the UK by Random House Children's on November 6, 2014. No word yet on when Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel (the 007th in the full series) will be published.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

When Bond went LIVE AT FIVE

Check out this artwork for Raymond Benson's short story Live At Five. The story appeared in TV Guide in November 1999 as part of a special issue showcasing The World Is Not Enough (recall that Raymond wrote the novelization for that film). I love how it evokes the classic Signet series artwork with Fleming's name running down the edge.


Live At Five is a unique Bond short story in that it's a "flashback" adventure set in the year 1985 (a year without a Gardner novel, which may or may not have been intentional on Raymond's part). In it, Bond travels to Chicago to help a Russian ice-skater defect with the help of a television news reporter, Janet Davis. In my CBn Interview with Raymond, he recalled:

"The idea for the plot had to do with a Russian defector, an ice skater. In order for that to make any sense, the story had to take place prior to 1989, before the fall of the Soviet Union. Simple as that. So I framed the bulk of the story within the context of Bond remembering the events of that time prior to meeting the girl again in the present. The story has a nice twist, I think, when the identity of the girl is revealed."

Live At Five was included in the 2011 anthology collection of Raymond's Bond work, Choice of Weapons.

Monday, May 11, 2015

YOUNG BOND getting full series refresh in Germany

The entire Young Bond series is getting a cover refresh in Germany on July 1, 2015. Arena will re-release all five Charlie Higson Young Bond novels with these cool new cover designs. You'll noticed that they all sport the new Young Bond logo. Also note that, in Germany, Double or Die is titled GoldenBoy.

SilverFin
Blood Fever
Double or Die
Hurricane Gold
By Royal Command

Steve Cole's new Young Bond novel, Shoot to Kill, will be released in Germany on October 22, 2015 by KJB. Below is the cover art. Translation is by Leo H. Strohm.

Shoot To Kill

Thanks to Trempo for the tip.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

YOUNG BOND 7 not called "Hellstriker"

Recently a mysterious listing appeared on Amazon.co.uk for "Young Bond: Hellstriker." At first it appeared this might be the title of Young Bond 7. Recall that Amazon leaked the title of Hurricane Gold. But I've been told by the powers-that-be that Hellstriker is not the title of Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel. I expect the listing will be revised or removed, so I snatched an image for posterity.


Now, this could be a legit working title. There is precedent for this. Raymond Benson's High Time To Kill first appeared on Amazon under the author's original title, A Better Way To Die, so...

The release date of November 1, 2015 might also be erroneous. While I'd love a new Young Bond book in November, it's looking more likely that Steve's next will appear in 2016.

If you're a fan of working and rejected titles (as am I), check out: A Bond by any other name.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Anthony Horowitz on May "PROJECT ONE" news

We know we will be getting some "Project One" news this month. When asked specifically about the date, author Anthony Horowitz tweeted the following:


In the past IFP has used Ian Fleming's birthday, May 28, to announce major news and reveal book covers, etc. But here's hoping Anthony is correct and the news will come in early May instead. I'm itching for some fresh book Bond news!

"Project One" (codename) 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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LINK: Interview with Richard Schenkman

The blog Artistic Licence Renewed (literary007.com) has a must-read interview with Richard Schenkman who published the great James Bond fanzine BONDAGE from 1974 to 1989. He even shares his thoughts on the continuation novels:

"I never did quite understand why the movie producers steadfastly refused to consider adapting any of the new novels into films, but that was their call to make. I thought there were some great stories in those continuation novels, but the powers that be made the decision to keep the worlds entirely separate."

Click the headline have a read. You can also check out my full bibliography of the fanzine: 15 YEARS OF 'BONDAGE'.

Monday, April 27, 2015

SHOOT TO KILL eBook released today in U.S. and Canada

Steve Cole's first Young Bond novel, Shoot To Kill is released today as an eBook in the U.S. and Canada. As there are currently no plans for a North American print edition, this is the best way for U.S. fans to read the continuing adventures of Young Bond.

The Shoot To Kill eBook is published by IFP with cover art designed 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.

Purchase the Shoot To Kill eBook on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.ca (Canada).

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 Amazon.com.

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.

Scorpius

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.

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