Friday, January 20, 2023

Dynamite announces FOR KING AND COUNTRY

Dynamite has announced a new series to tie-in with the 70th Anniversary this year. Cover and description below.

2023 marks the 70th Anniversary of Ian Fleming‘s internationally famous MI6 spy James Bond 007. And Dynamite vows to celebrate the milestone with a special 007 series: 007: For King and Country from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Giorgio Spalletta. 

 This time around though, Bond is the hunted. Accused of a murder on British soil, M dispatches the other 00s to revoke Bond’s license permanently. Forced to go underground, he can only count on the presumed dead 003, Gwendolyn Gann, as his ally because — in reality — they are on a top secret mission to prevent a globe-shattering event. Will they be able to unravel a conspiracy before M’s best catch up with them and punch their tickets?

For King and Country will be released in April. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

IFP reveals new 70th Anniversary logo

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Anniversary BONDS for 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to another year of The Book Bond. Here's a rundown of the Bond novels that will be celebrating notable anniversaries this year. Break out the bookmarks and champagne!


70th Anniversary
"This is the big one, Double-Oh-Seven." This year sees the 70th Anniversary of the book that started it all. Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on April 13, 1953. It wouldn't be released in the U.S. until the following year.

60th Anniversary
Another Fleming classic, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, turns 60 this year. In this one Bond gets married and, well, you know the story! O.H.M.S.S. was published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on April 1, 1963. It was released in the U.S. in August by the New American Library.

50th Anniversary
This overlooked continuation novel is, IMHO, a true gem! James Bond The Authorized Biography of 007 by John Pearson was first published in 1973 by Sidgwick & Jackson in the UK and William Morrow & Co. in the U.S. [Read: THE BEST JAMES BOND NOVEL YOU'VE NEVER READ.]

40th Anniversary
My personal favorite John Gardner Bond novel, Icebreaker, marks its 40th. In this one 007 heads to the frozen forests of Northern Finland to battle Neo-Nazis. The first U.S. edition (pictured) was published by Putnam around April 1, 1983. The UK edition by Jonathan Cape arrived on July 7, 1983. 

30th Anniversary
John Gardner's 12th original James Bond novel, Never Send Flowers, finds 007 facing off with a psychotic actor. A late era Gardner novel that I've always liked. The U.S. edition from Putnam was published on May 31, 1993. The UK edition (pictured) was released by Hodder & Stoughton on July 15, 1993.

25th Anniversary
A strong second novel from Raymond Benson, The Facts of Death finds 007 on a mission in Greece and Cyprus. The UK edition was released by Hodder & Stoughton on May 7, 1998. The U.S. edition from Putnam followed on June 15, 1998.

10th Anniversary
SOLO by William Boyd turns 10 this year. I really like this novel about the older 007 on a mission in Africa. The UK edition was released by Hodder & Stoughton on September 26, 2013. The U.S. edition from Putnam was released on October 8, 2013. [Read: SOLO is the thinking man's OO7.]

A good line-up of anniversary Bonds this year if I do say so myself. Happy reading!

Friday, December 23, 2022

IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS Holiday Message

Ian Fleming Publications has signed off for the year with lovely Christmas card and a hint of what's to come in 2023.

The original Bond adventures, plus Ian’s non-fiction titles, will be published as paperbacks for the first time under our own imprint in April 2023, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Casino Royale. We hope that these new editions will not only be must-haves for our dedicated fans but also become the entry point for new fans and the paperbacks that become the first, cherished copies on their burgeoning bookshelves. The covers for these are a closely guarded secret for now, but we can say that we are delighted to be working with our old friends, the immensely talented Webb & Webb team, on the designs. Look out for them in the new year. Other editions are in the pipeline, all of which will offer something new and different, and which we can’t wait to start working on.

We will be announcing our Fleming backlist partnership in the States very soon, but rest assured that there will be lovely new editions (featuring wonderfully striking covers) in US shops in 2023.

There are of course also new projects in development, which we will be sharing with you as soon as we can. We’re very excited about what is on the horizon.

The 70th anniversary will give us lots of opportunities to celebrate Ian Fleming’s legacy, and we will be talking more about that in the new year. Please keep watching our social media outlets and website for news. Perhaps even sign up for Miss Moneypenny’s dispatches (aka our newsletter), the first of which will be dispatched shortly.


Wishing everyone the Seasons Greetings from The Book Bond. I'll see you next year!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

COLONEL SUN reprinted in France

A new edition of Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis is published today in France by Cherche Midi with a translation by France-Marie Watkins. Originally published in 1968, Colonel Sun was the very first James Bond continuation novel.


You can purchase Colonel Sun at Amazon.fr.

Thanks to Club James Bond France on Facebook for the alert.

UPDATE: According to Kevin Bertrand Collette, this the same translation as the original 1969 release by Plon.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

HARPER COLLINS reveals 2023 cover art

American publisher Harper Collins has revealed some cover art for their Ian Fleming reprints next year. Pretty uninspired. Not much more to say than that. 

Presumably these are not the covers for the new IFP published Bond novels in the UK that will mark the 70th Anniversary next year. Those should be something special.

Thanks to Brisco at Double O Section for the alert.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

BRINGING BOND HOME with Corinne Turner and Simon Ward

Here's an interview with Corinne Turner and Simon Ward of Ian Fleming Publications by David Lowbridge-Ellis of Licence To Queer. David is able to coax out a few details about the recently announced 70th Anniversary reprints of the Ian Fleming novels by IFP under their own imprint. Enjoy.


For a curated collection of video links about the literary James Bond such as the above, check out The Book Bond on YouTube.

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