Bond is back with a license to thrill. Forty-three years ago, Ian Fleming wrote his last great 007 adventure. Now, in Devil May Care, the world’s most iconic spy returns in a Cold War story spanning the world’s exotic locations. By invitation of the Fleming estate to mark the centenary of his birth, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks picks up where Fleming left off, writing a tour de force that will electrify every James Bond fan. A fitting tribute to the Bond tradition, Devil May Care stands on its own as a triumph of witty prose and plenty of double-0 action.
MORE THAN 100 MILLION BOND BOOKS HAVE BEEN SOLD AND OVER HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION HAS SEEN A BOND FILM.
“In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkeling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in the late afternoon, then more martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch, and the snorkeling.” Sebastian Faulks
“He has an ability to write convincingly in whichever period or genre he chooses. . . Sebastian couldn’t have written a better book to celebrate Ian’s 100th birthday.” Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications Limited
About the Author
SEBASTIAN FAULKS worked as a journalist before taking up writing full time in 1991. He is the author of ten books including Charlotte Gray and Birdsong, for which he was voted author of the year by the British Book Awards. Faulks has published eight books in the United States, including the recently released Engleby. He lives in London.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
But wait. Can this James Bond still be "007"?
Here's the thing. Bond's double-O status is revoked in Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice. Is it restored in The Man With The Golden Gun? I don't recall, but considering Bond's inauspicious return to the secret service (as a brainwashed Russian assassin), I don't think it is. Also, according to the very fine James Bond The Man and His World by Henry Chancellor, mandatory retirement for a Double-oh is age 45. If we accept the generally agreed upon 1920 birth date, James Bond is 46 or 47 in 1967 when Devil May Care takes place. So even if his license to kill was resorted in The Man With The Golden Gun or after, Bond has hit the retirement age.
Taking all this into account, how can Bond possibly be "007" in Devil May Care?
Now, it's possible Faulks will simply blow past all this and stamp his Bond as Agent 007 as Kingsley Amis did in Colonel Sun. This wouldn't send me into fits. I'm not really a stickler for continuity when it comes to James Bond (if I were, I'd have to accept that Bond is 82 in The Man With The Red Tattoo).
However, if Devil May Care aspires to be a true continuation of the Fleming canon as advertised (with Faulks "writing as Ian Fleming") the uncertain status of James Bond's famous double-oh number should be addressed, wouldn't you think?
Just another aspect of this book to look forward to.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
New to the line-up of events is the exhibit "Bond Bound: Ian Fleming & The Art of Cover Design," which charts the role of artists and designers in creating and defining the Bond look from Casino Royale through Young Bond, The Moneypenny Diaries, and Devil May Care. The exhibit will be on show at the Fleming Collection gallery from 22 April to 28 June 2008.
The site will be regularly updated throughout the centenary year.
Devil May Care publishers listed alphabetically by country.
BRAZIL - Record
CZECH REPUBLIC - XYZ
FINLAND - Gummerus
FRANCE - Flammarion
GERMANY - Heyne
GREECE - Oceanida
HOLLAND - Bruna
HUNGARY - Alexandra
ISRAEL - Penn
ITALY - Piemme
MACEDONIA - Kultura
NORWAY - Schibsteds
POLAND - Ksiazki
PORTUGAL - Civilizacao
SPAIN - Seix Barral
SWEDEN - Forum
Thursday, December 20, 2007
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The collection will contain the "Union Trilogy"-- High Time To Kill, Doubleshot, and Never Dream of Dying... plus, as a bonus, the complete uncut short story Blast From The Past.
Blast From The Past originally appeared in the January 1997 issue of Playboy in a truncated version (image right). The full-length version was published in Italian and in French. This will be its first appearance in English.
Raymond will provide a new introduction to the book. A title for the collection has not yet been selected. Pegasus hopes to publish a second volume of Benson's remaining 007 novels and short stories in 2009.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Final Fling will be released in the UK in May 2008 and available to pre-order now on Amazon.co.uk. CLICK HERE to read plot details about this final Moneypenny novel.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Shark Bait collection includes the title story along with "Doomcrack" and "The Xanadu Connection," plus an introduction by Caroline Bliss, and Part II of Alan Porter’s very fine feature on James Bond in U.S. comics.
Shark Bait will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 2008.
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Samantha Weinberg's concluding book in her Moneypenny Diaries trilogy, Final Fling, will be released in the UK in May 2008. The Moneypenny Diaries (book 1) is due for release in the U.S. on May 13, 2008.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The book will be published as a hardcover by Heyne Verlag in May 2008. The translation will be done by Jürgen Bürger.
Der Tod ist nur der Anfang can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.de.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Double or Die will be released by Hyperion Books on April 22, 2008. It can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com.
UPDATE: Author Charlie Higson has given The Young Bond Dossier his reaction to the cover. Click here to check it out.
A second unsigned copy fetched £5,500.00 ($11,158.40). This is somewhat low for a Casino first, which typically sell for between £10,000-£15,000. Even though the auction described the book as being in "Fine" condition, the dust jacket did have several small tears which may explain the lower price.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Paradise Plot collection includes the title story along with Deathmask (there will only be two stories in the collection this time). Titan says they have not yet decided who will be providing the introduction.
The Paradise Plot is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Tuuli is just one of the elements on the cover of the eagerly-awaited new Bond book. The cover image features a blood red flower with the silhouette of a naked woman as its stem, against a black background – strictly for your eyes only.
Alex Clarke, Penguin Editor of Devil May Care, says: "The cover had to be something stylish and sophisticated - all the things that one associates with Fleming's James Bond. With such a great concept the challenge was then to find the perfect girl to bring it to life. We just knew the moment we saw her that Tuuli was our Bond girl.”
The jacket image was created by the award winning design agency, The Partners, who work with some of Britain’s oldest heritage brands including Jaguar, Wedgwood, Harrods, the BBC and The National Gallery.
Jack Renwick, Creative Director, The Partners says: “It’s an honour to become a small part of Bond’s rich visual history. Bond is sex, intrigue and violence. We wanted to capture this and give a subtle nod to the familiar, iconic Bond images of old. It is with great pride that The Partners adds Penguin’s latest Bond to their portfolio.”
The cover photograph was taken by British photographer and commercials director, Kevin Summers.
Devil May Care will be published in hardback by Penguin Books in the UK and its territories (Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Europe) on 28th May 2008. It will be published around the world on the same date, in all major (and many minor) languages. Many of the publishers will be using this jacket.
Tuuli began her modelling career at the age of 16 when she joined top modelling agency Storm. She is well travelled and has lived all over the world in countries including Russia, India and South Africa. Tuuli studied at Marlborough College and gained 5 A Levels in Russian, Politics, Maths, English, and General Studies. During her gap year she starred in a hugely successful advertising campaign for Pretty Polly which marked the beginning of her modelling career.
Campaigns with Arena, Cosmopolitan, Jitrois, Harpers Bazaar, Byblos Blu and a role in Richard Curtis' Love Actually followed. This encouraged her to pursue her fashion career as opposed to a life of academia. It was on a shoot for Elle Macpherson Intimates that she met Rankin and so began a professional partnership on many photographic projects - including a 40 page spread for German publication Quest and a book, Tuulitastic: A Photographic Love Letter - that has spanned three years.
Tuuli says: “I was thrilled that Penguin chose me to be their Bond girl. It’s fantastic to be involved with something so iconic.”
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Timothy Dalton IS James Bond.
Well he was in 1989, and that's when this Hungarian edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball was published in paperback by Fabula Kiado (click image to enlarge).
Aside from the novelizations of his own films, covers featuring Dalton as the image of "James Bond" are few and far between. This image of Dalton is based on a publicity shot for his first Bond film The Living Daylights (1987). The image was also used on the film's teaser poster.
Also of note is the fact that this cover uses the oo7 film logo -- which may have been a contractual no-no.