Saturday, November 21, 2015

New YOUNG BOND covers for Kindle

IFP has refreshed the covers of all five Charlie Higson Young Bond novels for their Kindle eBook editions. The new covers match the art on Kindle edition of Steve Cole's Shoot To Kill. Love these.






Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Is there a new unofficial James Bond book out there?

The new anthology, Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, was scheduled for release yesterday in Canada. still shows the book as not yet released, but publisher ChiZine appears to have had a launch party in Toronto. Have any of our friends in Canada spotted one in bookstores?

Here's a rundown on the book (explaining how it even exists) as well as a listing of all the stories and authors from ChiZine:

In Paris, James Bond meets his match over appetizers and cocktails—with an aperitif of industrial espionage and chilly sadism. Off the coast of Australia, he learns about a whole new level of betrayal under the scorching light of a ball of thunder. In Siberia, he dreams of endless carnage while his fate is decided by one of his most cunning enemies and perhaps the greatest of his many loves.

And in Canada, James Bond finds freedom.

In January 2015, the world’s most famous secret agent entered the public domain in Canada—one of the few remaining countries in the world that subscribe to the Berne Convention and allow copyright to extend not 70 but just 50 years past the death of the work’s creator. Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, lives in this shadow space of copyright law: a collection of 19 new, exciting, transformative James Bond stories by a diverse crew of 21st-century authors.

Collected herein are new stories about Secret Agent 007, as the late Ian Fleming imagined and described him: a psychically wounded veteran of the Second World War and soldier of the Cold War, who treated his accumulated injuries with sex, alcohol, nicotine, and adrenaline. He was a good lover but a terrible prospect.

He was James Bond.

And in Licence Expired, James Bond is back.


Introduction by Matt Sherman
• Foreword: The Bitch is Dead Now by David Nickle
• “One Is Sorrow” by Jacqueline Baker
• “The Gale of the World” by Robert J. Wiersema
• “Red Indians” by Richard Lee Byers
• “The Gladiator Lie” by Kelly Robson
• “Half the Sky” by E.L. Chen
• “In Havana” by Jeffrey Ford
• “Mastering the Art of French Killing” by Michael Skeet
• “A Dirty Business” by Iain McLaughlin
• “Sorrow’s Spy” by Catherine McLeod
• “Mosaic” by Karl Schroeder
• “The Spy Who Remembered Me” by James Alan Gardner
• “Daedelus” by Jamie Mason
• “Through Your Eyes Only” by A.M. Dellamonica
• “Two Graves” by Ian Rogers
• “No Mr. Bond” by Charles Stross
• “The Man with the Beholden Gun: an e-pistol-ary story by some other Ian Fleming” by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
• “The Cyclorama” by Laird Barron
• “You Never Love Once” by Claude Lalumière
• “Not an Honourable Disease” by Corey Redekop
• Afterword by Madeline Ashby

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond  is listed on and, although it appears it cannot be purchased if you have an address outside of Canada.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Check out the cover for the Finnish edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz from publisher Karisto. It certainly does its own thing. Although it does use blueprint feature as seen on the UK edition.

With thanks to James Bond The Secret Agent, the new Swedish Bond blog by Stephan Bäckman.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pegasus releases final three JOHN GARDNER titles in U.S.

The final three John Gardner James Bond U.S. reprints from Pegasus Books are being released this week. The books are Never Send Flowers, SeaFire, and Cold Fall (U.S. title). It doesn't appear that Pegasus will release Gardner's two novelizations, License To Kill and GoldenEye, as Orion did in the UK.


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

Monday, November 2, 2015

Midtown Comics VARGR #1 exclusive

The first issue of Dynamite Comics new James Bond series is released on Wednesday and Midtown Comics in New York is offering a retro cover exclusive by Robert Hack that I can't resist! Check it out below.

You can order Midtown's VARGR #1 exclusive from the Midtown Comic website.

Thanks to Tanner at the excellent Double O Section blog for this discovery. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SUN inspires SPECTRE

The official Ian Fleming Publications website reports that the new James Bond film SPECTRE, which had its Royal premier in London on Monday, features a pivotal scene from the first 007 continuation novel Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis. I've not yet seen the movie (U.S. release is November 6), so I don't know what that scene is, nor does IFP reveal it. They just tease:

The Colonel Sun scene which features in SPECTRE is one of pivotal importance both to the film and the book and fans are encouraged to identify which part stems from Amis’ pen.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. commented that "The Fleming family and The Kingsley Amis Estate hope that fans of SPECTRE will be encouraged to reach for this thrilling book by one of the finest writers of the 20th century."

Of course, this isn't the first time an element from a continuation novel had found its way into a James Bond film. Check out: Déjá vu, Mr. Bond: The surprising similarities between the continuation novels and the James Bond films.

Colonel Sun was recently reprinted by Vintage Books in the UK and is available from

Friday, October 23, 2015

WIN a signed copy of Trigger Mortis and an Aston Martin Driving Experience

Here's a chance to win a signed copy of Trigger Mortis and an Aston Martin Driving Experience via the good folks at buyagift. Open to UK residents only.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SHOOT TO KILL released in paperback

The paperback edition of Steve Cole's debut Young Bond novel, Shoot To Kill, is released today in the UK. I don't yet have the book in hand so I don't know whether it contains a preview or teaser for his next book, Heads You Die, but I hope so!

In Shoot To Kill young James Bond travels to Hollywood where he battles a mad movie mogul. You can read my review of the book HERE.

Purchase Shoot To Kill at

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Christopher Wood, 1935 - 2015

Photo: Graham Rye, OO7 Magazine.

James Bond screenwriter and novelist Christopher Wood has died. Roger Moore announced the news on his Twitter. Wood was 79 years old.

Christopher Wood wrote two of the best Roger Moore James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). He also penned the novelizations for those films. In the UK his novelization were published in hardcovers by long-time Bond publisher Jonathan Cape. Wood's novelizations remain fan favorites.

In 2006 Wood published a book about his experiences working in the world of James Bond called James Bond, The Spy I Loved.

You can read more about the life and work of Christopher Wood at his Wikipedia page.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vintage Books COLONEL SUN released today

Today see's the release in the UK of Vintage Book's new paperback edition of Colonel Sun by Kingley Amis. This is the first reprint of Colonel Sun since 1995. The cover art matches the artwork on Vintage's current set of Ian Fleming trade paperbacks.

Purchase Colonel Sun now at

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HEADS YOU DIE will be released in a Limited Edition hardcover

Steve Cole has confirmed on his official blog the his next Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, will be released in both paperback and a limited edition hardcover. This from Steve:

"Heads You Die comes out next May in paperback and in a special Collector’s Limited Edition Hardback. I’ll keep you informed as to what you can expect as we get closer to publication…"

Great news!

You can pre-order the paperback edition of Heads You Die now at

UPDATE: The limited edition hardcover is now available for pre-order on

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The next Young Bond is HEADS YOU DIE

Steve Cole revealed the title and cover art for his next Young Bond novel, HEADS YOU DIE, at the Cheltenham Festival today. No other details have been released (at least I haven't seen a press release yet), but here's a good look at the cover.

It looks like rough water is going to somehow play a part in the next Young Bond adventure. Maybe an adventure set at sea? That could be fun and unique.

Heads You Die will be released on May 5, 2016 and can be pre-ordered at


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