Monday, June 11, 2007

Shark Bait stories confirmed

Titan Books has confirmed for The Young Bond Dossier that their next collection of classic James Bond comic strips, Shark Bait, will contain the stories "Shark Bait," "Doomcrack" and "The Xanadu Connection." The collection will also feature part 2 of an article about James Bond’s adventures in U.S. comics.

In "Shark Bait," 007 teams with a female KGB agent to thwart a renegade Royal Navy plot. The story appeared in the Scandinavian magazine James Bond Agent 007 in 1992. This will be its first appearance in English.

"Doomcrack" finds Bond battling SPECTRE who threaten world monuments with a powerful new weapon. "Doomcrack" appeared in the Daily Star from February 1981, and is unique in it’s the only story illustrated by artist Harry North (who also illustrated the Moonraker parody, Moneyraker, for MAD Magazine #213).

Bond travels to Mongolia in "The Xanadu Connection" and tangles with a local villain named Kubla Khan. The story appeared in the Norwegian comic 007 Agent James Bond in 1984.

Titan’s Shark Bait collection is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The release date is February 12, 2008.

Thanks to Zarah Harrison. Story info from The Bond Files by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson and Just Johnnie’s James Bond Comics website.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Child explains why he passed on Bond

In April of last year a representative for author Lee Child informed me (via The Young Bond Dossier) that he was not the 2008 Centenary novelist. Now K1Bond007.com has uncovered an interview in which Child himself talks about his close call with Bond fame and explains exactly why he passed...twice!

“Twice over the period of five years they’ve asked me to write the series, no regrets really because I think it is a thankless task in terms of first financial remuneration, as the terms were more favourable to the Ian Fleming estate than to me, and secondly there is the technical and cultural aspect. I see this as an impossible job as it’s now 2007, around 50 years on from the world that James Bond first appeared in. The world has changed, and one of the reasons the world has changed is because of James Bond, this country has altered its cultural frame of reference because of things like James Bond, so any follow-up fifty years later would be somewhat self-referential, and reading the book would be like watching an ABBA tribute band – i.e. what’s the point?”

ABBA tribute band? Well!

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