Monday, July 25, 2022

WITH A MIND TO KILL paperback coming April 13, 2023

The UK Amazon now has a pre-order listing for the paperback edition Anthony Horowitz's With A Mind to Kill. It shows April 13, 2023 as the release date from Vintage. No cover art. While I do like the hardcover art, I'm hoping for something different on the paperback, just for collector variety.

Pre-order With A Mind to Kill UK paperback at

Saturday, July 23, 2022

KIM SHERWOOD on Ian Fleming's style

In the run up to the release of Double or Nothing, HarperFiction on Twitter is sharing a series of short film clips of author Kim Sherwood talking about her journey from Bond fan to Bond author. I really like today's installment in which she recalls reading Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love for the first time.

Double or Nothing will be released in the UK on September 1, 2022 and is available for pre-order on

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kim SHERWOOD and Charlie HIGSON event, Sept. 1

Kim Sherwood will be joined by Young Bond author Charlie Higson at a special Double or Nothing launch day event on September 1st at the British Library. The event will "celebrate the ever-thrilling and evolving world of 007" and will be followed by a book signing. I like these two! (Still hoping Charlie will write an adult Bond novel some day.)


Double or Nothing will be released in the UK on September 1, 2022 and is available for pre-order on

Monday, July 4, 2022

ONLY for you... 🎵

Check out this 1987 Italian paperback of Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only from publisher Oscar Mondadori. Great cover art.

I got this image from Peter Lorenz's wonderful Illustrated 007 - The Art of James Bond blog. Peter recently retired his blog, which is a real shame as he shared some incredible James Bond book artwork over the years. Happily, he left the blog online as an archive, so I encourage you to have a browse.

Thank you Peter for all your hard work!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

DOUBLE OR NOTHING cover reveal

Ian Fleming Publications has revealed the final cover art for Kim Sherwood's Double or Nothing. Watch the reveal below.

Looks like the book will also get a Waterstones special edition release (below). Author Kim Sherwood has teased on her Twitter that news of a U.S. release may be coming soon.

Waterstones Special

Double or Nothing will be released in the UK on September 1, 2022 and is available for pre-order on

Sunday, June 12, 2022

The original NEW BOND

As we all enjoy the latest James Bond continuation novel, With A Mind To Kill by Anthony Horowitz, I thought I share this look back at the very first time James Bond was continued in Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis. I love seeing old ads for "The New James Bond".

Colonel Sun was released in March 1968 to surprisingly negative, even hostile reviews. This may be why the "Robert Markham" series wasn't continued and why Amis didn't write another Bond (in interviews at the time he said he might). But the book has lived on and is now generally regarded as one of the best by fans. It was most recently reprinted in hardcover in 2018.

Friday, June 3, 2022

BOND GOES TO JAIL in Waterstones Exclusive

Having received my stenciled edge Waterstones Exclusive Edition of With A Mind To Kill, I'm happy to report that it also contains additional material as did Waterstones previous special editions of the Horowitz books. For some reason, this was not advertised on the Waterstones website, but it is unique to this edition.

The chapter is called "Bond Goes To Jail" and has very short extract from an unused television script by Ian Fleming in which 007 goes undercover at San Quentin prison in California. Author Anthony Horowitz then explains how he originally set out to use the idea of Bond in jail in With A Mind To Kill, just as he used unpublished Fleming material in his previous two Bonds. But, ultimately, he decided it wouldn't work.

You can purchase the Waterstones Exclusive Edition signed or unsigned.

As I previously reported, Goldsboro Books is also offering their own signed and numbered limited editions with sprayed black edges. No extras in that, but this Goldsboro edition may eventually turn out to be the more rare. Also, my friend Tanner at the excellent Double O Section tells me his Goldsboro edition doesn't have a price on the dust jacket, so that is a variant jacket.

Or you can just purchase the regular UK edition at and the U.S. edition from Harper Collins at But I bet there's some of you out there who will get them all!

You can read my review of With A Mind To Kill HERE.

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