Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant read BOND


Kenneth Branagh reading The Man With The Golden Gun? David Tennant reading On Her Majesty's Secret Service? It's true!

Ian Fleming Publications and AudioGO (the new name for BBC Audiobooks) announced today that the classic Ian Fleming James Bond novels will be released as audiobooks read by some of the UKs most talented actors. Here is the full press release:

For Your Ears Only…
Bond is back with an all-star cast from the cream of British acting talent 
Thursday 6th September 2012 will mark a hugely significant event for James Bond fans everywhere. The launch of Ian Fleming’s classic Bond novels, read by a stellar selection of brilliant readers!
Three years in the making, the project has seen distinguished director Enyd Williams and Lucy Fleming for Ian Fleming Publications, working with twelve British acting icons to create an exciting, modern ‘007 reloaded’ take on the new, unabridged recordings of these remarkable books.

Now AudioGO, the UK’s leading audiobook publisher and distributor, has been appointed, with sole distribution rights for this fabulous collection.

“AudioGO is extremely pleased and excited to be working with Ian Fleming Publications on the release of twelve brand new James Bond audio recordings. These classic, timeless stories, when combined with the excellent calibre of star readers, will make for a truly entertaining and compelling listening experience.”
Mike Bowen – Managing Director

“I am delighted to say that Ian Fleming Publications and AudioGO are thrilled to be working together to present some of Britain’s best-known actors reading Ian’s classic Bond novels, for your ears only...”
Lucy Fleming

So who’s involved? Well, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is read by the remarkable David Tennant, while Bill Nighy brings his unique talents to Moonraker. Rosamund Pike delivers an intriguing take on The Spy Who Loved Me. Whilst Hugh Bonneville delivers a dynamic reading of the ever-popular Goldfinger and Dan Stevens reads the classic Casino Royale

Here's the full line-up of readers:

Each fantastic new Bond title will be available to pre-order on 1st August, and download or purchase on CD from 6th September 2012.

For news, artwork and samples, keep checking the BOND RELOADED page on Facebook.

8 comments:

  1. Will there be a simultaneous release for sale to the US market of these titles?

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  2. That sounds like a fantastic line-up (especially Bill Nighy on Moonraker and Rosamund Pike on TSWLM!), but I'm guessing it won't be available to Americans. About half or more of AudioGo's things aren't, which is really, really frustrating. And I imagine the US audio rights are probably with Amazon now. It will be interesting to see if they end up licensing these readings or commissioning their own.

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  3. Very exciting news! They've really landed some proper talent to read them too.

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  4. This is great news, especially as they are unabridged. But where are For your Eyes Only and Octopussy?

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  5. Can't stand David Tennant. At least, he's reading the one that became the worst film!

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    1. I hear he doesn't like you either. Something about lack of taste. :)

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  6. In this Internet age, I'm dismayed that these audiobooks aren't being offered in the USA. I'll pay the shipping, for goodness' sake, just give me the chance to order!! I am bitterly disappointed that I can't get copies of these. I'm sure they will be terrific.

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    1. Try Amazon UK...I have an order on one of the titles through them shipping to the US. Granted, shipping is obscene, but that is another matter.

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