Wednesday, April 29, 2009

YB companion book gets new release date and not-so-short story

We have a few updates on the new Young Bond companion book, Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier.

First up, the release date has been pulled forward to October 29, 2009. The book had been announced as a November release.

Next, it appears the original short story by Charlie Higson contained in the book will be quite lengthy. The Young Bond Dossier reports that the story will actually be the longest James Bond short story yet written, beating out Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only. The story will be previewed in the upcoming paperback edition of By Royal Command.

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier will be published by Puffin Books in the UK.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

'Casino Royale' is a Popular Penguin

CommanderBond.net reports that Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, will be reprinted as a Popular Penguin paperback this June.

The Popular Penguin series was created to celebrate the publisher’s literary legacy. Each book in the series is adorned with artwork that recreates the style of the publisher’s earliest reprints.

Casino Royale is one of 50 classic Penguin titles to be reprinted in the second wave of the Popular Penguin series. Fleming joins other celebrated authors including Ernest Hemingway, Roald Dahl, Anthony Burgess, Raymond Chandler, F Scott Fitzgerald and Truman Capote.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

LINK: The best Bond car ever

"James Bond is back in a Saab Turbo."

Say what?

That's right. When James Bond returned in 1980 in the first John Gardner novel License Renewed, the author gave 007 a "fuel efficient" Saab Turbo 900. The car was nicknamed "the Silver Beast" and it appeared in the next two books, For Special Services and Icebreaker. Most younger fans now balk at the idea of James Bond driving such a "common" car, but for my money the Saab was the greatest Bond spy car of them all precisely because it was a common car. But oh the secrets it hid under its hood.


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Monday, April 20, 2009

New Young Bond story preview in BRC paperback

The Young Bond Dossier reports that Puffin’s paperback edition of By Royal Command, due for release in the UK on May 28, will contain a preview extract of the all-new Young Bond story by Charlie Higson.

The story will be published in the new Young Bond companion book, Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier, due for release in October. The title is being kept Top Secret.

By Royal Command can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.co.uk.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Richie Fahey exhibition in Miami

The work of artist Richie Fahey is on show at Miami's Harold Golen Gallery from April 11 to May 2. Fahey created the spectacular "retro" Bond covers for the 2002 Penguin reissues, as well as the art for the 2006 US edition of Quantum of Solace.


CLICK HERE to read an interview with Fahey at CommanderBond.net.

Friday, April 17, 2009

When John met Cubby...

The excellent fansite FelixLeiter.com ("Home of James Bond's brother from Langley") has a terrific tribute to Cubby Broccoli to celebrate the Centenary of his birth. Webmaster Chris Wright has invited Bond fans and notables to write about the famous Bond producer, and among the contributors is Simon Gardner, son of Bond author John Gardner.

Simon relates a hitherto untold story about his father's meeting with Cubby Broccoli in 1989:

In 1989, my family had ‘upped sticks’ and moved to the USA. Dad had always wanted to live in the States. I had joined them, and was living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. To be honest, I am not sure what year the phone call came inviting my Father to meet with Cubby Broccoli in L.A. From the invitation, it would seem that there was possible interest in buying the movie rights to some of my Father’s Bond novels. Arrangements were made and my Dad flew to Los Angeles to meet with Mr. Broccoli. No actual day of meeting was confirmed, and my father was to be given further details once he arrived in LA.

CLICK ON OVER to FelixLeiter.com to read the full account of when John met Cubby.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Young Bond companion book announced

In the tradition of Kingsley Amis' The James Bond Dossier, Puffin Books has announced they will released a Young Bond companion book in November of this year.

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier is the complete and definitive guide to the world and adventures of Young Bond. Packed with information – from in-depth character profiles to the cars, the weapons and the exotic locations, plus facts, statistics, photographs, maps, and illustrations by Kev Walker – this book is both a must-have for Young Bond fans and a perfect introduction to the megaselling series.

The book will also feature a brand-new Young Bond short story by Charlie Higson which will be previewed in Puffin's upcoming By Royal Command paperback.

Source: The Young Bond Dossier

Monday, April 13, 2009

'The Blofeld Trilogy'

CommanderBond.net reports that Penguin Classics will release The Blofeld Trilogy on October 1, 2009.

This new omnibus will include the Ian Fleming novels Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice -- all of which feature 007’s arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The book will also feature an introduction by Nick Lezard.

The Blofeld Trilogy paperback will retail for £14.99 and is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

France gets 'Devil May Care' paperback first

The paperback edition of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks has been released in France by J'ai lu.

This beats the US and UK paperback releases by more than a month.

Translation is by Pierre Menard. The book can be purchased now at Amazon.fr.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Final revised artwork for May 28 paperbacks

Final revised artwork for two major UK paperback releases have been revealed by publisher Penguin.

Sebastain Faulks' Devil May Care has received a make-over with a rearrangement of the cover text and a subtle change in model Tuuli Shipster's expression (click here to view the original version).

Charlie Higson's fifth Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, has received a minor change in that its tagline, "James Bond, For King and Country", is now split top and bottom with the title logo.

Both books are set for release in the UK on May 28.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Charlie Higson wants to scare the living daylights out of you

With the Young Bond series complete (for now) in the UK, what's next for author Charlie Higson? The Young Bond Dossier has the answer: He wants to "scare the living daylights" out of the children of Britain.

The website has scored the first promo cover art and teaser for Charlie's all-new horror series for Puffin, The Enemy.

They’ll chase you. They’ll rip you open. They’ll feed on you...

When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician – every adult – fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?
The Enemy will be published by Puffin (UK) and Disney-Hyperion (U.S.) in September 2009. The UK edition can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.co.uk. You can sign up for news updates at the-enemy.co.uk.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sebastian Faulks at the British Book Awards

Here's footage of Sebastian Faulks and Devil May Care jacket model Tuuli Shipster arriving at the Galaxy British Book Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on April 3. Devil May Care won the Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

'Hurricane Gold' released in the U.S.

Charlie Higson's fourth Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is released today in the U.S. by Disney Hyperion. The book is a hardcover with dust jacket artwork by Kev Walker (who also illustrated the SilverFin Graphic Novel).

Hurricane Gold -- which was first released in the UK in 2007 -- finds young James battling gangsters in the jungles of Mexico. Says author Charlie Higson, “I’ve always loved Mexico and wanted to write something about Mexico. I love the food and the music and growing up on all those cheesy westerns and 1930s thrillers that are set there. So it was just quite fun for me. ... I made sure it’s fairly non-stop action from the beginning.”

Read the full Charlie Higson/Hurricane Gold interview HERE.

The final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, will be released in the U.S. in May 2010.

Young Bond in Mexico

Charlie Higson's fourth Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is released today in the U.S. by Disney Hyperion. The book is a hardcover with dust jacket artwork by Kev Walker (who also illustrated the SilverFin Graphic Novel).

Hurricane Gold -- which was first released in the UK in 2007 -- finds young James battling gangsters in the jungles of Mexico. Says author Charlie Higson, “I’ve always loved Mexico and wanted to write something about Mexico. I love the food and the music and growing up on all those cheesy westerns and 1930s thrillers that are set there. So it was just quite fun for me. ... I made sure it’s fairly non-stop action from the beginning.”

Read the full Charlie Higson/Hurricane Gold interview HERE.

The final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, will be released in the U.S. in May 2010.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Find Your Fate with James Bond

In 1985, as a tie-in with the 14th James Bond film, A View To A Kill, Ballantine Books published four James Bond "Find Your Fate" adventures. The first three books, Win, Place, or Die by R.L. Stine, Strike It Deadly by Barbara & Scott Siegel, and Programmed For Danger by Jean M. Favors, used characters from the film with expanded locations and situations. The final book, Barracuda Run by Steven Otfinoski, was an original Bond adventure set in Tahiti.

Perhaps the best thing about these books is the fantastic cover art.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The winner is Devil May Care!

Sebastian Faulks' Devil May Care has won the Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award as part of the Galaxy British Book Awards, 2009 ("the Oscars of the Book World").

The awards took place this evening (3rd April) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Sebastian Faulks arrived in a Bentley with Devil May Care jacket model Tuuli Shipster. In his acceptance speech, Faulks proposed to share his prize with Sadie Jones, whose novel The Outcast was also shortlisted.

“You really should have given it to Sadie,” he said. “She invented her main character. I only borrowed mine.”

Other winners included US President Barack Obama who won the Tesco Biography of the Year for his memoir of his youth, Dreams From My Father.

The awards will be broadcast on UKTV channel Watch on Sunday.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

James Bond is back in...in...

Okay, our last story was obviously an April Fools joke; and even though it looks like this is another, this oddity is on the level. The current artwork on Amazon.ca for the U.S. mass market paperback edition of Devil May Care now shows the cover without a title!



While the cover appears to have lost its title, it did pick up the 007 circle logo. Perhaps the addition of this logo is why the publishers sent Amazon revised art. But they forgot something, didn't they? Well, their mistake is our gain, as this is kind of cool to see.

Devil May Care will be released as a mass market and trade paperback on May 19.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meet "Q'ute"

The fine James Bond fansite Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Gardens has scored a major scoop! It's appears the next James Bond film, codenamed Bond 23, will reboot the charcater of Q as "Q'ute", the female gadget master from the John Gardner James Bond novels.

The website reports that supergirl actress Laura Vandervoort has been offered the role of Dr. Ann Reilly (aka "Q'ute"). MGM publicity manager, Walter Stern says, "She will be one of the new additions to the already rebooted Bond series and sexual tension and innuendos will abound."

"Q'ute" first appeared in the bestselling 1981 James Bond novel License Renewed by John Gardner. She became a standard recurring character in the 14 novels that followed. Considering the success of Judi Dench's M, movie audiences are sure to embrace a female Q!

Happy April 1st.

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