Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hurricane Gold audiobook

An abridged audiobook edition of Charlie Higson's fourth Young Bond novel Hurricane Gold is released today by Puffin Audio. The book is read by author Higson and can be purchased at

You can also download the audiobook from and the UK iTunes store.
Hurricane Gold sees young Bond battling gangsters in the jungles of Mexico. Released on September 6, it is currently the #2 bestselling children's title in the UK.

For full coverage of Hurricane Gold all things Young Bond related, visit our sister site The Young Bond Dossier, now the OFFICIAL source for Young Bond news.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Final Fling available for pre-order

The final book in Samantha Weinberg’s Moneypenny Diaries trilogy, Final Fling, is available to pre-order on

The Amazon listing shows the book as a hardcover and the release date as May 1, 2008 (we’ve heard it will be May, but the day might change). The listing also confirms our scoop from last May -- that Miss Moneypenny’s final adventure will indeed be called Final Fling.

Final Fling joins a crowded month of Bond releases. May 2008 will also see the release of Sebastian Faulks Devil May Care, the SilverFin graphic novel, the paperback edition of Hurricane Gold, and a paperback reprint of John Pearson’s James Bond the Authorized Biography.

CLICK HERE to read some exclusive details about this final Moneypenny novel.

Friday, September 21, 2007

DEVIL MAY CARE large print paperback

We have a U.S. hardcover, an audiobook, and now is listing a Large Print paperback edition of Sebastian Faulks centenary James Bond novel, Devil May Care.

Large Print editions are created for those who have trouble reading standard book typeset. The larger print will grow Devil May Care from 304 to 480 pages. The publisher will be Random House Large Print, so it’s likely the cover art will be the same as the hardcover, although many Large Print editions sometime use variant cover art.

The last Bond novel to get the large print treatment was Charlie Higson’s SilverFin.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

OO7 Magazine tribute to John Gardner

OO7 Magazine Online has posted a terrific tribute to former James Bond continuation author John Gardner, who passed away last month.

The tribute, viewable via subscription, is a full reprint of Raymond Benson's amazing interview and overview of the Gardner oeuvre up to 1994's SeaFire. This first appeared in the printed version of OO7 Magazine #28.

But what is especially nice for Gardner fans like myself is that Graham has re-illustrated this new online version with a phenomenal amount of never-before-seen photos and promotional material from the Gardner era, including panels from a never published Role of Honor and Icebreaker newspaper comic strips!

Head on over to OO7 Magazine Online and have a read.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pre-order Devil May Care on Amazon

The U.S. hardcover edition of Sebastian Faulks centenary James Bond novel, Devil May Care, is now available for pre-order on

Devil May Care will be released in the U.S. by Doubleday. An unabridged audiobook edition will be released by Random House. A paperback edition will be released by Anchor in 2009.

Devil May Care is set in 1967 when, says Faulks, “Bond is damaged, aging and in a sense it is the return of the gunfighter for one last heroic mission.” The book plays out across two continents, exotic locations, and “several of the world's most thrilling cities” including Paris.

Devil May Care will be released on May 28, 2008 by Penguin in the UK and Doubleday in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Death Wing soars into U.S. stores

Titan Books latest collection of classic James Bond comic strips, Death Wing, is released today in the U.S.

The Death Wing collection includes the title story along with "Sea Dragon" and "When The Wizard Awakes." The book also includes an introduction by Bond Girl Madeline Smith (Live And Let Die) and part one of a look of James Bond in U.S. comics by Alan Porter.

Titian’s next release will be Shark Bait scheduled for February 2008.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Prof. Dumphart reviews HURRICANE GOLD

Review by Prof. C. Sterling Dumphart, Esq.

Egad!!! I have just had the distinct displeasure of reading this book, Hurricane Gold, and I must warn all of good breeding and proper sensibility to BURN this tome and do not let it fall into the hands of what, astoundingly, is its intended audience: children! For Hurricane Gold is, without a doubt, the most thorough collection of relentless action, sadistic violence, perverse wit, and sheer heart palpitating pace that this cultured reviewer has come across since the days of… oh, what was that man’s name?

Well, never mind the name. We know the name of THIS perpetrator: Charlie Higson. Obviously a man without children. Obviously a man for whom “restraint” means something entirely different from us who show ourselves in the daylight. For if Mr. Higson had children, he would understand that children should be chaste reflections of their parents' best virtues and will certainly have NO interest in a book that features gangsters, gunfights, hurricanes, quick sand crocodiles, scorpions, Mayan ruins, killer ants, black panthers, evisceration by razor wire, and a 13-year-old powering through the flood-swept streets of a Mexican village behind the wheel of a super charged Duesenberg. On this I stake the good name of Dumphart!

Perhaps the most horrific part of reading this 355-page “novel” is the sheer relentless speed at which it travels. I mean, it is impossible to settle down with a cup of warm milk and read a chapter before bed. No. This book is not a proper sleep conduit. In fact, I found my heart so racing that I would frequently have to put the book down and get up and pace! Can you imagine a child’s reaction?

But, apparently and appallingly, these “Young Bond” books do have a following (hellions, delinquents, and arrested adolescents, no doubt) and for those sad miscreants this latest novel may be the equal of the luridly titled Blood Fever. No doubt these “fans” will applaud such flesh-crawlers as Manny the Girl -- a henchman who prowls Mexico severely brain damaged thanks to our “hero” –- and the Avenida de la Muerte –- an obstacle course made up of the most unspeakable horrors –- as new classics. I fear this book will only increase the perverse predilection for more just like it, and do little to dissuade the curious who have yet to indulge. Be warned!

And the girl. Oh yes, the girl. It all starts off well enough. It is nice to see a proper Southern Belle once again grace the pages of a novel, even if she is in… Mexico. But this Precious Stone is a monster! A spoilt brat who, incredibly, speaks in the most unpolitically correct language of the time and browbeats her servants. Yes, it is the 1930s, but, really Mr. Higson, why inject realism into all this? Why not, um, whitewash the less flattering aspects of us members of the ruling class? Are you just trying to be subversive!?

Of course, our proper Southern Belle is soon ravaged by all forms of menace and grows into something of a female version of this despicable and frequently blood-soaked (yes, blood-soaked!) hero… this Bond, Bond James. The less said of Mr. Bond the better. I shudder in recalling his name because with his relentless destruction of property and overt defiance of his elders, he is obviously a symbol of societal ANARCHY even at the age of 13 (a fact which I had to keep reminding myself –- certainly it is possible to read this entire book and picture the hero as age 35).

And what of Jack Stone, the responsible parent in this pulp! He is a World War I flying ace. Very nice. It is commendable to see Mr. Higson, the sadist, include a nod to our boys in uniform. But, really! To inject complex themes about what happens to war heroes when they are not needed anymore (oh, yes, Mr. Higson, we noticed). One only has to study recent wars to know that is… well, forget that for now. My point is this author has the gall to inject DEPTH of characterization and complexity into this adventure fantasy as if it were a proper novel! Again, this reminds me of… oh, what was his name!?

Really, our children had a proper literary hero in Harry Potter (apart from the devil worship). But Mr. Bond is no Harry Potter. At least Mr. Potter went to school! Here, apparently for the first time in this “series,” we have no scenes set at Eton College whatsoever and I suppose those who enjoy these lurid tales will find the book better for this.

Oh, Mr. Higson does remind us of Mr. Bond’s more civilized life back in England with the occasional letter from his better bred classmates. But even those are tinged with MENACE! Who is this beastly Theo Bentinck who is delivering beatings to the boys, and what of this attractive new maid, Roan? No doubt she will be subjected to the attentions of this brute Bond upon his return. Yes, there will be a fifth and final novel, and one can only fear what new perversities Mr. Higson is dreaming up at this moment inside his garret!

Finally, the very form of the book itself… Suffice to say it is as much a vulgarity outside as in. It is GOLD. So golden one can see one's own appalled expression in its face. And this is not a quick coating of flock. It is done with care! Likewise, the pages are leafed and the endpapers emblazoned with the logo of this series. Good money was spent here by publisher Puffin suggesting PRIDE in this book! Oh, what is happening to the world of letters?

Let me close by saying that Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson is the most objectionable novel I have had the bad fortune to encounter since the days of…ah, at last the villain’s name has come to mind…

Ian Fleming!!!

Young Bond Hurricane Gold released in UK

Charlie Higson's fourth Young Bond novel Hurricane Gold is released today in the UK as a hardcover (a first for a Young Bond novel).

The book was launched via a special all-gold launch party at Waterstone's Piccadilly that included gold painted actors wandering the streets of London with book in hand.

Hurricane Gold finds young James tangling with American gangsters in the jungles of Mexico. Author Higson likens his latest Young Bond adventure to Ian Fleming's Dr. No.

For full coverage of Hurricane Gold all things Young Bond related, visit our sister site The Young Bond Dossier, now the OFFICIAL source for Young Bond news.

Monday, September 3, 2007

More details of Miss Moneypenny’s Final Fling

We have for you today some exclusive news on the next (and final) volume of Samantha Weinberg’s Moneypenny Diaries trilogy.

We already shared with you that the title will be Final Fling, now, according to our Top Secret sources, we’ve learned that locations will include Jamaica, the Outer Hebrides (an island chain off the west coast of Scotland), Cambridge, and London.

The storyline will be almost evenly divided between the adventures of Miss Moneypenny and the modern adventures of author “Kate Westbrook.” There is also a romance -- but whose...that we couldn’t discover.

The cover design will be similar to the paperback Secret Servant. The book will be released in May 2008, but the exact day of release is not yet set.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Young Bond Dossier interviews Charlie Higson

In February 2005, I had the honor of being one of the very first Bond fans to interview Charlie Higson. At the time, Charlie’s debut “Young Bond” novel, SilverFin, had yet to be released, and a question hung in the air: Would fans embrace a series that featured a 13-year-old James Bond?

Now, two years later, I once again got the opportunity to sit down with Charlie -- this time face to face (via iSight) -- for an extensive follow-up interview. Here Charlie tells us how the journey has been, provides insight into his new book Hurricane Gold, and shares exclusive information about his next and final Young Bond novel.

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