Monday, September 9, 2019

Ranking the IAN FLEMING Bond Novels

This is a well-done ranking of the Ian Fleming James Bond books by 007 fan Calvin Dyson. I'm excited that he plans to do the continuation novels next. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

High time for the BOND 25 title reveal

Today Eon Productions revealed the title of the 25th James Bond film:


Of course, my mind went right here:


No Time To Die will be released in April 2020. (High Time To Kill was released in May 1999.)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Collected JAMES BOND ORIGIN now shipping

The collected hardcover edition of James Bond Origin Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker with art by Bob Q is now shipping from Amazon.

At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II!

MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference. He'll find his calling in a new British government service, secret in nature...

Purchase James Bond Origin Vol. 1 from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The U.S. Amazon is also offering a signed edition for release August 13.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

When OUTER SPACE belonged to 007

On this 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, here's a look back at James Bond's own space adventure. Moonraker, the film and novelization by Christopher Wood, was released 10 years after Apollo in the summer of 1979. Below is the U.S. paperback edition from Jove.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

£2.5 million IAN FLEMING book collection for sale

Rare bookseller Peter Harrington is offering an astounding collection of rare Ian Fleming James Bond books and memorabilia for a cool £2.5 million (over $3 million U.S.). Below is the press release.


London — Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, and is thrilled to offer for sale an exceptional collection of Ian Fleming material for £2.5m, which it will be exhibiting at this year’s Masterpiece London. It is the most significant Fleming Collection to ever appear on the market and contains inscribed first editions of every James Bond book published in the author’s lifetime.

Amongst these inscriptions are some sensational associations:

  • An omnibus edition of Casino Royale, From Russia With Love and Doctor No inscribed to James Bond;
  • Live and Let Die inscribed to Winston Churchill;
  • The Spy Who Loved Me inscribed to Robert Kennedy;
  • Moonraker inscribed to Raymond Chandler;
  • From Russia with Love bearing a personal inscription from Fleming to his wife.

The Collection also includes a number of manuscripts, pre-publication proofs, advance copies and ephemera, and a number of books from Fleming’s personal library. These include a notebook kept by Fleming on a trip to Japan, from which selected passages appear in You Only Live Twice, books from his childhood and a copy of Raymond Chandler's last novel inscribed to Fleming by the author.

Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond are perennially popular and there is an extremely enthusiastic fan base for both the books and the films. Continued interest is fuelled by the release of each new film, with Bond 25 (working title) the latest film, set for release early next year. An indication of the price trend of James Bond first editions can be seen with a particularly fine copy of Casino Royale which Peter Harrington has been lucky enough to sell four times in the past few years: for £22,000 in 2002; £26,000 in 2006; £30,000 in 2008; and in 2013, for £50,000.

It is remarkably rare to see a whole collection like this for sale, as they are usually broken up, and it will appeal to someone looking to acquire a complete and exceptional Fleming collection all in one go. This collection is the highest valued Peter Harrington has ever offered for sale. The 81 items come from a New York collector, who has been assembling the collection for over 30 years and it is offered for sale as a collection for £2.5m.

Pom Harrington owner of Peter Harrington Rare Books says: “The significance of this collection cannot be overstated. From typescripts which document Fleming’s creative process, to inscriptions which provide an insight into his personal life, few collections tell such a complete story about an author. We are extremely excited to be able to present it at this year’s Masterpiece fair, alongside a selection of other carefully chosen items.”

Masterpiece London takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea from Thursday 27th June until Wednesday 3rd July and is open daily from 11am until 7pm on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June and until 9pm on all other days.

To view the full list of items in the Fleming Collection, CLICK HERE.

Thanks to Raymond Benson.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Jaguar from THE FACTS OF DEATH and HIGH TIME TO KILL

Bond author Raymond Benson has shared the following on his Twitter. This is great. I love the Bond book cars, and the Jaguar XK8 was a great one.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

KINGSLEY AMIS on James Bond in 1989

Here's a short BBC interview from 1989 in which the first James Bond continuation author, Kingsley Amis, talks about the the new Bond film, Licence To Kill.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The surprising scarcity of Steve Cole's last two YOUNG BOND books

Every collector knows that some books marketed as a "limited edition" can turn out to be anything but. Or, even if limited (i.e., expensive), they never really become desirable enough to increase in value, and often decrease. This has happened with some of the recent James Bond continuation novels, which have seen multiple "special" and "limited edition" releases. But many can still be found at their original price or lower.


The exception appears to be the last two Steve Cole Young Bond novels, Strike Lightning and Red Nemesis, both of which were released as a "limited edition" hardcovers at the same time as the paperback editions. These hardcovers have proved to be very elusive and are now listing online for quite a bit of money. That is if they show up at all. At the moment, I can't locate a single copy of Red Nemesis. Chances are this final book may have had an especially small print run.

Publishers sometimes print only what is pre-ordered. This is what happened with the John Gardner novels. Gardner's later books are harder to find than his earlier works, with his last book, COLD, especially difficult to find in hardcover. But it now looks like Red Nemesis might be even harder to find than COLD, and this only a few year after publication.

So if you bought these at the time...feel good about it!

Thanks to Tanner at Double O Section for the alert.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

BOND 25 launched at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye

The cast of the next (still untitled) James Bond film was announced today at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye villa in Jamaica.


"Bond 25" features Daniel Craig as 007 and Rami Malek as the villain. Léa Seydoux will return as Dr Madeleine Swann. Jeffrey Wright returns as Felix Leiter. Locations are Jamaica, Norway, Italy and England. The movie is set for release April 8, 2020.

For more visit www.007.com.

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