Sunday, July 23, 2006

U.S. BLOOD FEVER loses Lippe?

Keen-eyed Bond fans have been spotting Ian Fleming character cameos sprinkled throughout the first two Young Bond novels by Charlie Higson.

In SilverFin (Chapter 11) young James sees a circus performance by strongman “The Mighty Donovan.” This is the father of From Russia With Love villain Red Grant. In Blood Fever (Chapter 17) the villain hosts a dinner party where among the attendees is “Armando Lippe from Lisbon.” Charlie Higson has confirmed this is the father of Thunderball villain Count Lippe.

However, U.S. fans have been scratching their heads looking for this particular cameo. As it turns out, the Miramax/Hyperion edition of Blood Fever released in June omits the name “Lippe” from the paragraph. Instead, Ugo’s dinner guest is now “Count Armando from Lisbon” (page 212).

Somehow we lost a Lippe and gained a Count!

Thanks to “Bryon” over on the CBn Forums for spotting this change.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Well-Known Writer Selected for Centenary Novel

PRESS RELEASE: Ian Fleming Publications Ltd have commissioned a very well-known and highly respected author to write a new James Bond novel. The launch of the new book, which promises to be a major publishing event, will mark the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth in May 2008.

Corinne Turner of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd comments, "We are delighted to have secured this particular author who we have had in mind for some time now. He is the perfect writer for this project and we are greatly looking forward to his take on James Bond, in what we are convinced will be a stunning novel."

A publisher has not yet been sought and the identity of the author will be a closely guarded secret until publication.

Ian Fleming, whose one hundredth birthday will be celebrated on the 28th May 2008, gained worldwide acclaim for his most famous literary creation - the suave but deadly British secret agent, James Bond.

The Bond novels are, however, just one aspect of a fascinating life that combined the flamboyant elements of 007 with a unique creativity. Fleming was not only a novelist, but also a journalist, sportsman, naval commander, traveller, intelligence officer and bon-viveur.

2008 will be dedicated to a broad range of events and publications designed to celebrate the life of this literary legend and to examine his legacy. The programme includes a major exhibition featuring never-before-seen material. Further events will reflect Fleming's passions and experiences in the worlds of art, literature, journalism, sport, motoring and travel.

Corinne Turner adds, "The Ian Fleming Centenary presents an exciting opportunity to celebrate an extraordinary life. Our centenary plans are well underway and we are sure that there are more possibilities still to be explored."

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