Monday, April 24, 2017

Jeffrey Deaver turned down a second BOND


A loyal reader from North Carolina recently attended a book signing for Jeffrey Deaver's new novel, The Burial Hour. Deaver was the author of the 2011 James Bond continuation novel, Carte Blanche, which rebooted 007 into the present day. At the time the author said he was open to writing another Bond, and that he might set it in Australia.

During the signing Deaver was asked if there were any plans for that second Bond novel. Deaver revealed that he had been approached to do one, but decided to turn it down. He said he didn't care for the amount of creative oversight and the monetary split that comes with doing a Bond novel.

Will we ever see a continuation of that modern day James Bond timeline? If so, it appears it won't be Deaver doing it.

Thanks to our friend in NC for this.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dynamite will reveal the ORIGIN of James Bond

Bleeding Cool reports that Dynamite Entertainment revealed huge news about their James Bond comic line at the Diamond comic book retailer summit in Chicago. An upcoming series will explore the "never before told" origin of James Bond 007.

This will be the 100% origin story of the secret agent James Bond, officially approved by the Ian Fleming estate. 
The creative team have not yet been announced, but Bleeding Cool understands that it is intended to be set in the original James Bond timeline, with his adventures in World War II.

Of course, James Bond's origin was explored in the semi-official James Bond The Authorized Biography of 007 by John Pearson as well as the Young Bond novels, but this is still pretty exciting!

Full details on the Dynamite panel at Bleeding Cool.

Steve Cole reveals RED NEMESIS special specials

Steve Cole has given fans a peek at the endpapers of his new Young Bond, Red Nemesis, and also revealed that there will be 5 special "red adorned" editions mixed into the stock of signed limited hardcovers.


Red Nemesis will be released on May 4 in the UK in hardcover and paperback. Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

30 years ago it was NO DEALS, MR. BOND

This has been a big month for anniversaries, so how about another! It was 30 years ago that John Gardner's sixth Bond novel, No Deals, Mr. Bond, was released by Putnam. Unlike most of the Bonds, this one first appeared in the U.S. I'm not sure of the exact date of publication, but the ad below appeared in the April 19, 1987 Los Angeles Times Book Review, so we'll let today be the anniversary.


My own recollection of No Deals Mr. Bond was finding it in the University Village Waldenbooks during my second semester at USC. I was so involved in school I didn't even know when this one was coming! Sorry to say it was not one of my favorite Gardner books, then or now, but each Gardner title holds a special place in my memory, and looking at the cover of No Deals still brings me back 30 years.

U.S. edition from Putnam (left). UK edition from Jonathan Cape (right).

No Deals, Mr. Bond is available in a new reprinted edition via Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hammerhead teams returns for KILL CHAIN

Bleeding Cool reports that the creatve team behind Dynamite's acclaimed James Bond: Hammerhand is returning for a new series, Kill Chain. Details below.

James Bond: Hammerhead team of Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida are joining up again to take the British Super-Spy out for a run in the new series Kill Chain. When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA! 
Writer Andy Diggle says, 
I’m thrilled to be assigning James Bond his next mission. His exploits have been an inspiration from my earliest years, and Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. have proved to be the perfect creative partners. 
Regarding the context of the new series, Diggle says, 
The decision to update the stoic Bond of Ian Fleming’s original novels from the moral certainties of the 1950s to our shifting, complex, present-day world was inspired – and inspiring. We live in treacherous times, and James Bond is the hero we need to navigate them. I have many more stories to tell, and I’m having the time of my life telling them. Working with Luca Casalanguida on James Bond: Hammerhead was one of the most creatively satisfying and enjoyable collaborations of my career, and his art for Kill Chain raises the bar even higher. Greg Smallwood’s stunning covers perfectly capture the blend of suave and brutality that has made Bond one of the century’s most enduring icons. Ably backed up by Chris Blythe on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering, we have the perfect tight-knit team to continue bringing you the exploits of the world’s greatest secret agent. 
The debut issue of James Bond: Kill Chain features cover artwork by Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), interior artist Luca Casalanguida’s, and Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. James Bond: Kill Chain #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in July.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TITAN releases James Bond Classic Comic Strip Collection 1960-66

Titan Books has released The Complete James Bond: Goldfinger - The Classic Comic Strip Collection 1960-66. The book is a hardcover and collects the vintage Daily Express comic strips of: Goldfinger, Risico, From A View To A Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Man With The Golden Gun, and The Living Daylights.


Purchase James Bond: Goldfinger - The Complete Comic Strip Collection 1960-66 on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Monday, April 10, 2017

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE turns 60

Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love celebrates its 60th Anniversary this month (first published April 8, 1957). To mark the occasion, Ian Fleming Publications has released this anniversary image and is holding a special competition. Details below.

First published in the UK on the 8th April 1957, Ian Fleming's legendary James Bond thriller FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is 60 years old today! 
The novel, famous for its inclusion on President Kennedy's top ten book list, has been published and enjoyed all over the world, with many fans citing it as their favourite Fleming thriller. 
With its unforgettable sequences on the Orient Express, in the backstreets of Istanbul and in the dark corridors of the SMERSH headquarters, we're very pleased to announce this anniversary and encourage readers old and new to delve into the pages of this 50s classic. 
Help us celebrate and win some special James Bond prizes by entering our cover design competition, details HERE.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ZERO MINUS TEN at 20

It was 20 years ago this month (April 3) that Raymond Benson's first continuation novel Zero Minus Ten was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton. It marked the first of six original novels and three novelizations by the author.

In ten days, Hong Kong will pass into the hands of the Chinese–and 007 is on his way there to undertake his most dangerous and thrilling mission yet. 
In the Australian desert, a nuclear bomb explodes. There are no survivors, and no clues about who has made it or detonated it. 
In England, two police officers are shot dead when they apprehend a cargo vessel in Portsmouth dock. Vast quantities of heroin are later found on board. 
And in Hong Kong, an explosion rips through one of the colony’s famous floating restaurants, killing the entire Board of Directors of EurAsia Enterprises Ltd, a multi-billion dollar shipping corporation. 
The People’s Republic of China is about to resume control after a century and a half of British rule–and the colony is a powder keg waiting to explode. The tension reaches breaking point when a solicitor from one of Britain’s most prestigious law firms is killed in a car bomb at Government House. 
These apparently random events are connected–and Bond must find out how and why. From the seedy strip clubs of Kowloon, 007’s investigations bring him into conflict with ruthless Triad gangs, a power-hungry Chinese general–and a beautiful night club hostess called Sunni Pei. 
All enquiries seem to lead to EurAsia Enterprises Ltd–and its assassinated owner. James Bond is about to come up against one of the most formidable adversaries of his career. 
A new era of high adventure, intrigue and danger begins for James Bond with Raymond Benson’s eagerly awaited 007 thriller–a story of sensuality and nonstop excitement.”

Zero Minus Ten was released in the U.S. by Putnam on May 5, 1997.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

RED NEMESIS hardcovers signed and ready to ship

Author Steve Cole has signed the full stock of limited Red Nemesis hardcovers, as you can see below from his recent tweet. The book will be relased on May 4. It can be pre-orderd at Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thinning out my JAMES BOND collection

As you can see by this photo of my kitchen cupboard, I have too many dang James Bond books!

Therefore, I've started to thin out my collection on eBay. I've already sold many of my foreign editions and I'm now starting to list English language books as well as games and action figures.

CLICK HERE to browse all my current auctions. I've also placed a button on the right of this blog that will always bring up the latest. I expect this will be a ongoing process, but hopefully I will be able to help fill some holes in other collections.

Thanks!

Here are a few books I currently have listed:



Thursday, March 23, 2017

RED NEMESIS hardcover jacket art revealed

Today I'm excited to reveal cover art for the limited signed hardcover edition of Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel, Red Nemesis. The book will be released in the UK on May 4. The hardcover will contain extra content not available in the paperback edition. Also below is text from the hardcover jacket that gives new clues what to expect from Steve's final Young Bond adventure.

Bond fans old and new will be thrilled with Steve Cole's skillful IFPL-approved elucidation of James Bond's mysterious family history . . .

Steve Cole's final addition to the Young Bond cannon brings James to the brink of destruction in a blistering adventure that comes to a climax in the iconic heart of London. This story shows the young James coming into his own as a proto-spy, and a showdown with a high-level MI6 double-agent, that references classic Bond adventures and is full of Soviet intrigue, cements Bond's hero status on home turf.

Pre-order Red Nemesis in hardcover or paperback from Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tomorrow's Nemesis

Tomorrow I will reveal cover art for the hardcover edition of Steve Cole's next Young Bond adventure Red Nemesis. The book is due for release in the UK on May 4.

Monday, March 13, 2017

JAMES BOND JR. Marvel Comics

From January through December 1992 Marvel released a monthly James Bond Jr. comic book based on the animated TV series running at this same time. The comics featured the adventures of 007's nephew James Bond (why would he be a "Jr"?), Gordo Leiter ("Radical dude!") Horace Boothroyd (aka I.Q.) and Tracy Milbanks (Tracy - get it?). The group battled Jaws and other agents of S.C.U.M. (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem). The comics were well done with some fun covers, as you can see below (click to enlarge).


You can learn more about James Bond Jr. HERE.

Thanks to Athena Stamos.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

FOR SALE: Limited O.H.M.S.S. signed by Ian Fleming

The legendary Richard Schenkman, who for years ran the James Bond (American) Fan Club and published Bondage magazine, is offering for sale his copy of the limited signed On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This was Ian Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on April 1, 1963.

This is one of the most sought after and valuable of all the James Bond Fleming firsts. According to Richard, his copy is "in very fine condition, including the original plastic jacket, and it's numbered 124."




If you are interested in this superb collectible, CLICK HERE to email Richard.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

James Bond EIDOLON collected hardcover released

The collected hardcover edition of Dynamite's second James Bond 007 story arc EIDOLON is released today.

James Bond is trapped in Los Angeles with a MI6 agent under fire and a foreign intelligence service trying to put them both in bags... and possibly more than one foreign intelligence service. And things may not be any safer in Britain, with bodies dropping and ghosts moving in the political mist...

Collecting issues #7-12 of the ongoing James Bond comic book series written by Warren Ellis, the New York Times bestselling author of Gun Machine and critically-acclaimed comic book writer (Iron Man, Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), and featuring artwork by Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated).

Purchased the collected James Bond 007: EIDOLON at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Michael Gillette does BARBAROSSA

German publisher Cross Cult continues to release the John Gardner James Bond novels with cover art by Michael Gillette that match his 2008 Centenary editions. Next up is Gardner's 1991 novel The Man From Barbarossa, due for release in October 2017.


Thanks to CommanderBond.net on Twitter for the alert. Click here to see more covers.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

James Bond BLACK BOX starts today

Dynamite's next James Bond 007 story arc Black Box starts today with issue #1. The story is by Benjamin Percy with artwork by Rapha Lobosco. The issue comes in four variant covers. The image here is Cover D by Goni Montes.

The next epic adventure for 007 kicks off in the snowbound French Alps, where Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of an assassin who targets other assassins. This is the first puzzle piece in a larger adrenaline-fueled mystery that will send Bond across the globe to investigate a digital breach that threatens global security.

You can purchase Black Box #1 at Amazon.com. Issue #2 is set for release on March 1, 2017.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Steve Cole YOUNG BOND novels coming to Germany

Steve Cole's first two Young Bond novels, Shoot To Kill and Heads You Die, will be released in Germany in May with translations by Leo H. Strohm. Below are the (okay) covers.


Thanks to CommanderBond.net on Twitter.

UPDATE: It appears publisher KJB has decided to abandoned the above designs and will release the books with cover art based on the UK editions (below).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special IAN FLEMING edition of The Book Collector

The Spring number of The Book Collector will be a special issue on the theme “Ian Fleming & Book Collecting”. Fleming was the publisher of The Book Collector from its start and its principal shareholder from 1955 until his death.

Spring 2017 marks the 65th anniversary of the magazine’s launch, and the first anniversary of The Book Collector’s reversion to the Fleming family, after 50 years, in the person of James Fleming, the novelist’s nephew.

Contributors to the issue will include Fergus Fleming, editor of Ian Fleming’s letters, on “Ian Fleming and The Book Collector”, Joel Silver, Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, on “Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection”, and Nicolas Barker, for 50 years Editor of The Book Collector, on his former editorial colleague, “Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller”.

Jon Gilbert, compiler of the prize-winning Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, writes on “Collecting Ian Fleming”, and Sheila Markham interviews two Fleming collectors, Michael L. VanBlaricum and Jeremy Miles.

Other contributions consider Ian Fleming’s friend the typographic designer Robert Harling, who too was a novelist, Richard Chopping, designer of most of the James Bond dust-jackets, and the output of Fleming’s publishing imprint, the Queen Anne Press.

All who are subscribers on February 26th 2017 will automatically receive a copy of the Ian Fleming Special. There will also be a limited edition for collectors set on hot metal and signed by James and Fergus Fleming.

For more details and to subscribe visit The Book Collector online.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dynamite announces JAMES BOND: SERVICE for May

Dynamite has announced a new James Bond "oversized special" titled SERVICE due out in May. Below is the cover and press release.

KIERON GILLEN WRITES SPY THRILLER TOUR DE FORCE
IN ALL-NEW, OVERSIZED JAMES BOND SPECIAL!

DYNAMITE WELCOMES GILLEN AND ARTIST ANTONIO FUSO FOR JAMES BOND: SERVICE, COMING THIS MAY!
February 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment introduces an all-new take on the icon of espionage in an upcoming oversized special written by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader) and drawn by Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive)!

In contemporary politics, where Britain's world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the "special relationship," and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place...especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It'll test Bond's deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster...

"A chance to write a British icon is something that's basically irresistible," says writer Kieron Gillen. "This is like getting to write the sun rising. You've known it all your life, but this time it's yours. I wanted to do a story that was classically Bond, but spoke to Britain as it is, and Britain as it was. In short: I was looking for any excuse for Bond to use a Sten-gun."

Artist Antonio Fuso says, "James Bond means England, and I love England. I also love spy stories, black suits, deadly pocket guns, smart smiles, and Kieron's scripts. Read this book, spread the love, and God save the Queen."

Regarding his collaboration with artist Antonio Fuso, Gillen adds, "It's a thrill working with Antonio, whose modern lines lean into a realistic take on a modern Bond."

"Kieron Gillen is undoubtedly one of the best writers, and among the best-loved, in comics today, and it's an absolute honor to now work with him on one of Dynamite's most celebrated titles," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Ian Fleming's James Bond is perhaps the most elevated of intellectual properties in the history of pop culture, an icon whose mere mention evokes a sense of class and distinction. We're proud to bring such high caliber writers to this franchise: Warren Ellis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson, Benjamin Percy, and now Kieron Gillen. Partner him with a hot talent like Antonio Fuso, and we've got the perfect team for an explosive, done-in-one thriller!"

"I'm delighted to be working with Kieron for the first time," says Joe Rybandt, Executive Editor. "He's a fantastic writer and a tremendous asset to the ever-expanding world of James Bond comics from Dynamite."

James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Service will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Thanks to Stephan Backman's James Bond The Secret Agent blog.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LINK: Interview with NATHANIEL PARKER

The official Ian Fleming website has an interview with Nathaniel Parker, the stage and voice actor who has narrated all the Young Bond audiobooks. Click the headline to read.


Parker will be narrating the next Young Bond, Red Nemesis.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RED NEMESIS is finished

Author Steve Cole reports on twitter that his fourth and final Young Bond novel Red Nemesis is off to the printers. He also shared a new image.


Red Nemesis will be released on May 4, 2017. You can pre-order the paperback and limited edition hardcover on Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

'IAN FLEMING: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY' 2017 edition

The Queen Anne Press has released a newly revised 2017 edition of Jon Gilbert's monumental work, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.

London: Queen Anne Press, 2017. Royal quarto, with black and white illustrations throughout plus four suites of eight colour plates. Set in Albertina type and printed in two colours. Elegantly bound in full green cloth with gilt lettering and ornament. SIGNED by the author. A comprehensive guide to the work of Ian Fleming by Jon Gilbert, an expert on the literary James Bond, covering everything from the first draft of "Casino Royale" in 1952 to editions still in print today. Published by Queen Anne Press, the imprint once managed by Ian Fleming, the book includes a preface from his nephew Fergus. New book, sold at the published RRP of £175. Our price includes global shipping. First published in 2012 and having rapidly sold out, this award-winning bibliography is now back in print; the 2017 edition features some textual revisions and a handsome new binding of 'racing green' cloth, as used for the publisher's limited edition 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

You can buy Ian Fleming: The Bibliography at Amazon.co.uk and Adrian Harrington Rare Books.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Special signed TRIGGER MORTIS from Easton Press

Double O Section has the scoop on a special signed edition of Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz from Easton Press. Unfortunately, due to an asinine new law, the book cannot be shipped to California, so this one won't be finding its way onto my own shelf.


For more info and to purchase head on over to Easton Press.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Selling International JAMES BOND novels on eBay

So I've decided it's time to thin out my Bond collection, starting with some of my international editions. I've always enjoyed collecting international Bond books because of the variant and sometimes unusual cover art. Some of these I have blogged about.

I've listed several sets on eBay, including a set of Turkish editions using original Roger Moore artwork and some German John Gardner paperbacks with excellent cover art. Below are links to my auctions. I'll be listing more, including English language titles, in the months to come. (Sorry, I'm only shipping within the U.S., no international.)

Thanks for having a look and for your interest.

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You can view all my auctions HERE.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Possible release date for Horowitz Bond 2

Our friend Stephan Bäckman has scored a nice scoop at his blog James Bond - The Secret Agent. In a twitter conversation with Anthony Horowitz, the author revealed a likely release date for his next James Bond novel.



The news that Horowitz would pen a second Bond novel came in October 2016.

Monday, January 16, 2017

JOHN GARDNER German Bond paperbacks

Here is a collection of John Gardner James Bond paperbacks published in Germany. I've always enjoyed the original movie inspired artwork on the Heyne editions. Notice the publisher produced two versions of GoldenEye using different posters. They would do the same for Raymond Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies.


The books show above (in order) are:

Licence Renewed - published 1987
For Special Services - published 1984
Icebreaker - published 1988
Role of Honor - published 1987
Nobody Lives Forever - published 1987
No Deals Mr. Bond - published 1988
Scorpius - published 1990
Win Lose or Die - published 1991
Licence To Kill - published 1989
Brokenclaw - published 1992
GoldenEye - published 1996
GoldenEye - published 1996

I am thinning out my collection and selling many of my foreign language books, so I will be making several of these editions available on eBay soon.

UPDATE: I've now listed several of these for sale on eBay.

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