Thursday, June 30, 2016

James Bond 007: VARGR collected hardcover released

A hardcover edition collecting all six issues of Dynamite's James Bond 007: VARGR comic is out now. The collection also includes all the variant cover art.

The six part VARGR was written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters and Dom Reardon. The storyline finds Bond in action in Helsinki and Berlin.

You can purchase the collected James Bond 007: VARGR at (U.S.) and (UK).

Warren Ellis' second story arc, EIDOLON, begins in James Bond #7 available now.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Casino Royale (1959) UK paperback

This is a 4th paperback edition of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming published by Great Pan in 1959. Love the cover art by Peff and the copy on the back. I also like that the grey matches the UK hardcover.

Title: Casino Royale
Author: Ian Fleming
Year: 1959
Edition: 4th Printing
Publisher: PAN Books (Great Pan)

Also seeJAMES BOND UK first edition paperbacks 1955-1979.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

EIDOLON begins today in James Bond #7

Dynamite's second story arc, EIDOLON, begins today in James Bond #7. The story is again written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters.

After World War Two, army intelligence groups created ghost cells called "stay-behinds" across Europe in the event of a Warsaw Pact surge. "EIDOLON" is the story of a SPECTRE stay-behind structure - ghost cells of SPECTRE loyalists acting as sleepers until the time is right for a SPECTRE reformation and resurgence. The time is now.

You can purchase James Bond #7 at the Dynamite website. A hardcover collected edition of the previous story, VARGR, will be released on July 5 and can be pre-ordered on (U.S.) and (UK).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LINK: Exclusive Interview With James Bond Comic Book Writer Warren Ellis

The excellent Double O Section spy blog has an exclusive interview with Warren Ellis, who has penned two James Bond graphic novels, VARGR and the upcoming EIDOLON. Click on the headline to have a read.

"I never really thought of myself as an 'official' 007 continuation author before. I quite like that. Thank you." -Warren Ellis

A hardcover collected edition of VARGR (James Bond #1-6) will be released on July 5 and can be pre-ordered now on (U.S.) and (UK). Eidolon begins in James Bond #7.

Monday, June 20, 2016

LINK: How the U.S. TRIGGER MORTIS cover came to be

Stephan Bäckman at the excellent James Bond Secret Agent blog has a terrific post about how artist Patrick Léger created the retro cover art for the upcoming U.S. paperback edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. The post includes different cover designs sketched by the artist. Click on the headline or link below to have a read.

This is how the US paperback TRIGGER MORTIS cover came to be.

The Trigger Mortis paperback will be released on September 6, 2016. It can be pre-ordered on

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Craig is indeed out, but not for the reasons you think

So this is a blog devoted to the literary James Bond and I don't typically get involved in the "who's going to be the next Bond" whatnot. Also, frankly, my interest in the Bond films is waning. After Daniel Craig, I'm pretty much planning on checking out and just enjoying the movies as a viewer, not a pundit. My life and fandom have also shifted. My other blog, WILD ABOUT HARRY, is my true passion, and the life of Houdini is where I now devote my time and energy. This is why The Book Bond has been less active these days.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I have no stake in this, and I don't have any opinions about who should be the new Bond. I also have no relationship or involvement with Eon. So I'll just share what I've heard from people who I trust and have been right before. Take this for whatever you feel it's worth.

Yes, Craig is indeed out. But the media spin that he's walked away way from a billion dollar offer is just that, spin. Eon always let their Bond actors announce that they are the one's who decided to resign their license to kill. What I've heard is Eon and Barbara Broccoli are the ones who are done with Craig who wanted more control as a "producer." Recall that he was give a producer credit on SPECTRE, which was a first for any Bond actor. So Craig has become a pain and Barbara is over him and ready to move on. Also, with no studio yet in place to distribute the next film, the promise of a clean slate has its own appeal.

As far of Tom Hiddleston is concerned, I've heard nothing about him or any replacement.

So there you go. I do think this has the smell of truth about it. But those of us who lived through the days of the Roger Moore contract battles, it's in our bones to never say never. So if Craig does come back for a fifth film, I will be very happy to have been wrong. Because I do think he's the best Bond ever.

Now back to books.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

From Russia With Love (1986) Italian paperback

Here's a 1986 Italian paperback edition of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love from publisher Oscar Mondadori. One of my favorite covers.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TRIGGER MORTIS U.S. paperback cover art

Harper has revealed cover art for their U.S. paperback edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. Very retro! Release date is September 6, 2016.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Latest on STRIKE LIGHTNING - a "chilly" location?

A few updates on Steve Cole's upcoming Young Bond Strike Lightning due for release on September 1st. Like Heads You Die, the book will be released as a signed limited hardcover with extra content and as a paperback.

No cover art or plot description yet, but Steve Cole recently tweeted a response to a fan who asked where he should read the book. Steve suggested: "somewhere chilly?"

Could this mean Strike Lightning might have a snowbound location?

Both John Gardner and Raymond Benson chose to send Bond into the snow for their third continuation novels, Icebreaker (1983) and High Time To Kill (1999).

Pre-order Strike Lightning limited hardcover and paperback at

Friday, May 20, 2016

HEADS YOU DIE released as eBook in U.S.

Steve Cole's new Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, has been released as a Kindle eBook in the U.S. by IFP. It even has nice original cover art. So far Steve's Young Bond novels have only been released in print editions in the UK.

Purchase Heads You Die for Kindle at

Heads You Die is available in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TRIGGER MORTIS paperback released in UK

The UK paperback edition Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz is released today by Orion. It can be purchased at

Read my review of the book HERE.

The U.S. paperback will be released on September 6. No cover art has yet been revealed.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Amazon shows STRIKE LIGHTNING release Sept. 1

Amazon now has a pre-order listing for Steve Cole's third Young Bond adventure, Strike Lightning. It shows the book will be released in hardcover on September 1, 2016. Steve's newest Young Bond, Heads You Die, was release simultaneously in paperback and hardcover. I'm wondering if we'll see the same for Strike Lightning?

So far Steve Cole's Young Bond novels have only been released in print editions in the UK. But all the books are available at The Book Depository which offers worldwide free shipping.

UPDATE: Like Heads You Die, this will be "signed limited-edition hardback with exclusive extra content."


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