Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special IAN FLEMING edition of The Book Collector

The Spring number of The Book Collector will be a special issue on the theme “Ian Fleming & Book Collecting”. Fleming was the publisher of The Book Collector from its start and its principal shareholder from 1955 until his death.

Spring 2017 marks the 65th anniversary of the magazine’s launch, and the first anniversary of The Book Collector’s reversion to the Fleming family, after 50 years, in the person of James Fleming, the novelist’s nephew.

Contributors to the issue will include Fergus Fleming, editor of Ian Fleming’s letters, on “Ian Fleming and The Book Collector”, Joel Silver, Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, on “Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection”, and Nicolas Barker, for 50 years Editor of The Book Collector, on his former editorial colleague, “Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller”.

Jon Gilbert, compiler of the prize-winning Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, writes on “Collecting Ian Fleming”, and Sheila Markham interviews two Fleming collectors, Michael L. VanBlaricum and Jeremy Miles.

Other contributions consider Ian Fleming’s friend the typographic designer Robert Harling, who too was a novelist, Richard Chopping, designer of most of the James Bond dust-jackets, and the output of Fleming’s publishing imprint, the Queen Anne Press.

All who are subscribers on February 26th 2017 will automatically receive a copy of the Ian Fleming Special. There will also be a limited edition for collectors set on hot metal and signed by James and Fergus Fleming.

For more details and to subscribe visit The Book Collector online.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dynamite announces JAMES BOND: SERVICE for May

Dynamite has announced a new James Bond "oversized special" titled SERVICE due out in May. Below is the cover and press release.

KIERON GILLEN WRITES SPY THRILLER TOUR DE FORCE
IN ALL-NEW, OVERSIZED JAMES BOND SPECIAL!

DYNAMITE WELCOMES GILLEN AND ARTIST ANTONIO FUSO FOR JAMES BOND: SERVICE, COMING THIS MAY!
February 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment introduces an all-new take on the icon of espionage in an upcoming oversized special written by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader) and drawn by Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive)!

In contemporary politics, where Britain's world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the "special relationship," and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place...especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It'll test Bond's deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster...

"A chance to write a British icon is something that's basically irresistible," says writer Kieron Gillen. "This is like getting to write the sun rising. You've known it all your life, but this time it's yours. I wanted to do a story that was classically Bond, but spoke to Britain as it is, and Britain as it was. In short: I was looking for any excuse for Bond to use a Sten-gun."

Artist Antonio Fuso says, "James Bond means England, and I love England. I also love spy stories, black suits, deadly pocket guns, smart smiles, and Kieron's scripts. Read this book, spread the love, and God save the Queen."

Regarding his collaboration with artist Antonio Fuso, Gillen adds, "It's a thrill working with Antonio, whose modern lines lean into a realistic take on a modern Bond."

"Kieron Gillen is undoubtedly one of the best writers, and among the best-loved, in comics today, and it's an absolute honor to now work with him on one of Dynamite's most celebrated titles," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Ian Fleming's James Bond is perhaps the most elevated of intellectual properties in the history of pop culture, an icon whose mere mention evokes a sense of class and distinction. We're proud to bring such high caliber writers to this franchise: Warren Ellis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson, Benjamin Percy, and now Kieron Gillen. Partner him with a hot talent like Antonio Fuso, and we've got the perfect team for an explosive, done-in-one thriller!"

"I'm delighted to be working with Kieron for the first time," says Joe Rybandt, Executive Editor. "He's a fantastic writer and a tremendous asset to the ever-expanding world of James Bond comics from Dynamite."

James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Service will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Thanks to Stephan Backman's James Bond The Secret Agent blog.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LINK: Interview with NATHANIEL PARKER

The official Ian Fleming website has an interview with Nathaniel Parker, the stage and voice actor who has narrated all the Young Bond audiobooks. Click the headline to read.


Parker will be narrating the next Young Bond, Red Nemesis.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RED NEMESIS is finished

Author Steve Cole reports on twitter that his fourth and final Young Bond novel Red Nemesis is off to the printers. He also shared a new image.


Red Nemesis will be released on May 4, 2017. You can pre-order the paperback and limited edition hardcover on Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

'IAN FLEMING: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY' 2017 edition

The Queen Anne Press has released a newly revised 2017 edition of Jon Gilbert's monumental work, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.

London: Queen Anne Press, 2017. Royal quarto, with black and white illustrations throughout plus four suites of eight colour plates. Set in Albertina type and printed in two colours. Elegantly bound in full green cloth with gilt lettering and ornament. SIGNED by the author. A comprehensive guide to the work of Ian Fleming by Jon Gilbert, an expert on the literary James Bond, covering everything from the first draft of "Casino Royale" in 1952 to editions still in print today. Published by Queen Anne Press, the imprint once managed by Ian Fleming, the book includes a preface from his nephew Fergus. New book, sold at the published RRP of £175. Our price includes global shipping. First published in 2012 and having rapidly sold out, this award-winning bibliography is now back in print; the 2017 edition features some textual revisions and a handsome new binding of 'racing green' cloth, as used for the publisher's limited edition 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

You can buy Ian Fleming: The Bibliography at Amazon.co.uk and Adrian Harrington Rare Books.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Special signed TRIGGER MORTIS from Easton Press

Double O Section has the scoop on a special signed edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz from Easton Press. Unfortunately, due to an asinine new law, the book cannot be shipped to California, so this one won't be finding its way onto my own shelf.


For more info and to purchase head on over to Easton Press.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Selling International JAMES BOND novels on eBay

So I've decided it's time to thin out my Bond collection, starting with some of my international editions. I've always enjoyed collecting international Bond books because of the variant and sometimes unusual cover art. Some of these I have blogged about.

I've listed several sets on eBay, including a set of Turkish editions using original Roger Moore artwork and some German John Gardner paperbacks with excellent cover art. Below are links to my auctions. I'll be listing more, including English language titles, in the months to come. (Sorry, I'm only shipping within the U.S., no international.)

Thanks for having a look and for your interest.

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You can view all my auctions HERE.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Possible release date for Horowitz Bond 2

Our friend Stephan Bäckman has scored a nice scoop at his blog James Bond - The Secret Agent. In a twitter conversation with Anthony Horowitz, the author revealed a likely release date for his next James Bond novel.



The news that Horowitz would pen a second Bond novel came in October 2016.

Monday, January 16, 2017

JOHN GARDNER German Bond paperbacks

Here is a collection of John Gardner James Bond paperbacks published in Germany. I've always enjoyed the original movie inspired artwork on the Heyne editions. Notice the publisher produced two versions of GoldenEye using different posters. They would do the same for Raymond Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies.


The books show above (in order) are:

Licence Renewed - published 1987
For Special Services - published 1984
Icebreaker - published 1988
Role of Honor - published 1987
Nobody Lives Forever - published 1987
No Deals Mr. Bond - published 1988
Scorpius - published 1990
Win Lose or Die - published 1991
Licence To Kill - published 1989
Brokenclaw - published 1992
GoldenEye - published 1996
GoldenEye - published 1996

I am thinning out my collection and selling many of my foreign language books, so I will be making several of these editions available on eBay soon.

UPDATE: I've now listed several of these for sale on eBay.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FELIX LEITER in action today

The first issue of Dynamite's spin-off Felix Leiter comic is released today. The story is by James Robinson with artwork by Aaron Campbell. Cover art is by Mike Perkins.

From superstar creative team James Robinson (Starman, Red Sonja) and Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, Uncanny) comes the Bond spin-off highlighting 007's American counterpart! 
Felix Leiter finds himself in Japan, tracking down a beautiful, Russian spy from his past. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, he will discover that there are more deadly schemes afoot in Tokyo and beyond!

You can purchase Felix Leiter #1 at the Dynamite website and Amazon.com. Issue #2 is set for release on February 8.

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