Thursday, December 18, 2008

James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007

Now for the first time, the complete history of the illustrated James Bond is chronicled by pop culture historian Alan J. Porter in James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007. Porter’s new book examines James Bond’s adventures in newspaper strips and comic books.

Before Bond became world famous with his movie series, the character was the subject of successful English newspaper strips and later in comic books. With the explosion of Bond on the screen the character and his exploits become even more popular in comic strip and comic book versions all over the world. James Bond: The History Of The Illustrated 007 examines it all, and covers Bond’s newspaper strip and comic book appearances from the 1950s to the present.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Closer look at the HURRICANE GOLD prototype cover

Publisher Disney Hyperion have posted on their website Kev Walker’s prototype artwork for the U.S. hardcover edition of Hurricane Gold, due for release April 7, 2009. This is a much larger image than what was revealed on the official Young Bond site back in June.

Mind you, this is not the final art (as it says on the cover itself). The final art will reflect the “Bond vs. Villain” theme as seen on Double or Die and the new paperback editions of SilverFin and Blood Fever due for release next year.

Still, this is beautiful work by Walker (who’s work can be seen in the new SilverFin Graphic Novel) and it’s nice to get a closer look. We hope to bring you the FINAL cover sometime this month.

The Hurricane Gold hardcover is available for pre-order on

Monday, December 8, 2008

DOUBLE OR DIE cover concept sketch

Illustrated 007 strikes again, this time showing us Kev Walker’s original cover concept sketch for the U.S. hardcover edition of Charlie Higson’s Double or Die.

This art appeared largely unchanged on the hardcover released in 2007 and, as we revealed last week, will also appear on the paperback edition due out on March 10, 2009.

This cover proved so popular that Disney asked Kev to redesign the covers of SilverFin and Blood Fever using a similar “Bond vs Villain” theme for new paperback editions due next year.

Thanks to Illustrated 007 for sharing this rare art.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Original BLOOD FEVER concept cover art

Illustrated 007, a terrific website devoted to James Bond artwork of all kinds, has uncovered rare original Kev Walker concept art for the U.S. hardcover edition of Charlie Higson’s Blood Fever.

As with unused titles, I find this kind of thing fascinating. While the final Blood Fever hardcover did follow this basic design, there are still some notable differences.

First, Young Bond is holding a gun in hand. While this certainly gives it a Bondian flare, Charlie once told us that guns were forbidden on the cover of kids books, so it’s understandable why this needed to be changed.

Second, the title case runs together as one word, similar to the UK edition. Happily, this was changed, as there is still sometimes confusion whether the book is called Blood Fever (two words) or BloodFever (one word). We can also glimpse the name of the ship in this artwork, which did not appear on the final design.

Thanks to Illustrated 007 for sharing this rare art.

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Young Bond US cover art

The Young Bond Dossier has revealed all-new cover art for the US editions of Charlie Higson's SilverFin and Blood Fever. These new editions will be released alongside the US paperback Double or Die on March 10, 2009.

UPDATE: The Young Bond Dossier has now revealed the final cover art for the U.S. hardcover edition of Hurricane Gold (due April 7, 2009). CLICK HERE to view.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Devil May Care paperback cover art

Cover art for the paperback editions of Sebastian Faulks Devil May Care have been reveled on The paperback edition will be released May 28, 2009, exactly one year after the much-hyped release of the hardcover.

1. Penguin UK paperback (May 28)
2. U.S. mass market paperback (May 19)
3. U.S. trade paperback (May 19)
4. Anchor Canada trade paperback (May 12)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Latest release from Titan: 'Polestar'

Titan Books latest collection of classic James strips, Polestar, is now shipping from

The Polestar collection includes the title story along with "Flittermouse", "The Scent Of Danger", "Snake Goddess" and "Double Eagle." Intro this time is by Bond Girl Valerie Leon.

Next up from Titan will be The Girl Machine in July 2009.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Exclusive: BY ROYAL COMMAND paperback cover art

Today we are thrilled to show you cover art for the UK paperback edition of Charlie Higson’s fifth Young Bond bestseller, By Royal Command. Very nice!

Our friends at Puffin, who generously provided the beautiful high res image above, inform us that the silver portions of the cover artwork will be finished in foil.

The By Royal Command paperback will be released on May 28, 2009. It is currently available for pre-order on the French and German Amazon websites, but not yet the UK site (we will let you know when it is).

By Royal Command finds James Bond in action from England to the chilling heights of the Austrian Alps. The book is currently available in the UK as a hardcover and audiobook.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Precious GOLD

The Young Bond Dossier reports that Puffin has released a Hurricane Gold Limited Collector’s Edition in the UK. Limited to 999 copies (which means there is a copy #007 out there), the hardcover book is signed and numbered by author Charlie Higson and comes in an attractive slipcase.

Hurricane Gold Limited Collector’s Edition is a Waterstone’s exclusive and retails for £25. It can be purchased online at and Hatchards.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Benson is back in 'The Union Trilogy'

Pegasus Books has released a Raymond Benson James Bond omnibus, The Union Trilogy. The collection includes the novels High Time To Kill, Doubleshot, and Never Dream of Dying.

As a bonus, the book also includes the full version of Raymond's first Bond short story "Blast From The Past." This uncut version has never before been published in English.

Raymond Benson was the James Bond continuation author from 1997 to 2002.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Shadow War is won

The groundbreaking Young Bond online alternate reality game The Shadow War concluded yesterday with a very special live event hosted by author Charlie Higson.

Agents of the SIS and OGPU joined together to rescue “Major” Higson from the Schloss Donnerspitze. The mission included clues to decrypt, secret passages to find, and helping Charlie defuse a bomb...all live!

Click the image below to view the YouTube message sent by Charlie at the conclusion of the game.

And even if you missed the live event, you can still play or replay the other missions at

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel has been released in the UK. Running 160 pages with approximately 300 full color illustrations, this first Young Bond graphic novel was written by Charlie Higson and illustrated by renowned comic book artist, Kev Walker.

The Times calls the book “a bold and brilliant Manga-inspired treat.”

Preview 1
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Preview BONUS

Friday, September 5, 2008

BOOK BOND REVIEW: Young Bond loses his innocence

With By Royal Command Charlie Higson brings the Young Bond series in for a picture perfect landing, touching down cleanly and evenly on every aspect of James Bond’s past and future life. Within its own universe, By Royal Command is the equivalent of 2006’s Casino Royale or this year’s The Dark Knight -- a surprisingly profound, introspective, and ultimately tragic chapter that takes a leap in quality and maturity from all that has come before.

At the same time, By Royal Command is a kinder and gentler Young Bond novel that doesn’t have nearly the level of gruesome violence that has become a hallmark of the series (and may have actually gone too far in the last book). It’s an utterly surprising book in just about every way. Of course, all the Young Bond books have been individualistic and, in their own ways, surprises, so By Royal Command fits perfectly into a series that has never repeated itself.


By Royal Command is divided into three sections so distinct that it’s worth reviewing one section at a time.

PART ONE (“Kitzbuhel”) finds James Bond joining a school skiing party in the Austrian Alps. For my money, these pages contain Charlie Higson’s best work. Without much main plot to address, Charlie serves up an atmospheric slow burn. His descriptions of the Alps and his skiing details put the reader right into Bond’s snow boots. The reader is transported and even lulled into the beauty of the mountains. But then the clouds come in and so does the danger, and Charlie turns his skills toward creating a thrilling and frightening battle for survival. It’s brilliant and harrowing stuff. For those who have resisted the Young Bond series, read these first 100 pages and I guarantee you will pick up the entire series.

PART TWO (“Eton”) finds young James back at school in England, and here’s where the main plot and caper kicks in. For Fleming buffs, this is what they have been waiting for as we are finally introduced to the infamous “boys’ maid,” who Ian Fleming established in You Only Live Twice as being instrumental in Bond leaving the school. Yes, By Royal Command gives us the full “maid incident” and, no, it’s not sexual (well, at least not on the page -- adult readers may be able to read between the chapters). Feisty Roan Power is a raven-haired Irish beauty who likens herself to a witch, and young James falls hard for the older woman (she’s 17). Despite saying he’d avoid romance in the Young Bond series for fear of putting off his young male readers, Charlie takes the plunge and gives us a full-blown love story in By Royal Command.

But it’s clear from the very first chapters that Charlie is not necessarily writing a book for kids, or at least he is asking more of his young readers. By Royal Command is full of sophisticated political and historical references, especially in this second section (Bond has a historically fascinating conversation with the Prince of Wales), and the plotting is an intricate web of spy intrigue. Far from being a turn off, I expect even the youngest readers, having invested in the first four books, will be rapt with attention, waiting for the next revelatory shoe to drop. But even if they ultimately opt for the eels of SilverFin, the pirates of Blood Fever, the puzzles of Double or Die, or the death mazes of Hurricane Gold, the mature themes of By Royal Command will certainly attract over time and provide a perfect bridge to a possible Young Bond Series II (please oh please).

Interestingly, the big caper in By Royal Command – an attempt to assassinate King George during a visit to Eton – is resolved near the end of this second section, which still leaves a good 100 pages to go. This is where By Royal Command takes its most surprising turn.

In PART THREE (“Fugitives”), James Bond resolves to do the wrong thing – bigtime. He follows his heart instead of his new SIS controllers, says the hell with King and Country, and uses all his formidable skills to help Roan – revealed to be a communist conspirator – escape to Europe. It’s here that By Royal Command becomes a wonderful NOVEL, throwing off all conventions of a typical James Bond book. It’s as exhilarating for the reader as it is for Bond to be freed of convention and plunge back into Charlie’s wonderful descriptions of the Austrian Alps, this time during a summer bloom (nicely symbolic). But danger is close behind, and Higson throws us a wonderful surprise twist in the form of a returning character that plunges Bond back into familiar territory for an exciting climax, where we finally get a generous helping of Young Bond gore (I knew he couldn’t resist).

As for the very end… I’ll leave it to the reader to discover. Suffice to say, I was able to brings tears to the eyes of a female friend by just describing it.

Structurally, By Royal Command is somewhat similar to Devil May Care (the celebrated Centenary adult Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks), particularly in its post-caper third act flight. But By Royal Command has an emotional depth that the adult Bond adventure didn’t. There is a real sadness that permeates By Royal Command, a steady drip drip drip of Bond’s innocence, of which Bond is all too aware. After the bloody events of the past four books, especially the relentless Hurricane Gold, this James Bond wants nothing more than to live a normal schoolboy’s life. He’s a 14-year-old with post traumatic stress. (Ironically, the young Bond of By Royal Command is much more the damaged “old gunslinger” as described by Faulks.)

But Bond discovers he is fated to be a magnet for danger and death, and his reserves of stamina and strength in such situations have not gone unnoticed by leaders who soon need young men with such reserves. Not only does Bond lose what remained of his innocence in By Royal Command, it’s made clear to him that the world will soon lose what remains of its innocence as well. The specter of World War II and the Cold War looms large over this novel and, in the end, Bond is resigned that his will never be a normal life. In time, he will become a number.

Okay, what are the flaws? I’ll leave it to fandom to nitpick, but for me, I was never able to completely fall in love with Roan as I was past Bond girls. Maybe it’s because her calling James “darling” sounded to matronly. But this also contributed to the tragedy. Despite Roan’s own claims of love, Bond was clearly in a relationship that was one-sided. And after the last two books, some may find By Royal Command too light on gore and violence. But this is not a complaint I’d level. Like Blood Fever, I think this book strikes a perfect, realistic balance of all elements that make up a great James Bond novel.

So where does By Royal Command stand among the other Young Bonds? For me, it’s clearly the best -- which qualifies it as one of the very best James Bond continuation novels, period. For fans who still refuse to read the series based on the concept alone, it’ll be hard to justify why they won’t at least read By Royal Command, as it depicts a key event established by Fleming and IS a spy novel. While it’s preferable to have a knowledge of what came before (the book touches on all the past Young Bond novels with several returning characters), By Royal Command can still be read as a stand alone.

While there has been talk of more Young Bond adventures at some point in the future, Charlie makes it clear in his acknowledgments that By Royal Command is the end of a five book cycle started in 2005 with SilverFin.

What a spectacular end it was.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Interview: Charlie Higson in command

What an amazing few weeks it’s been for Bond fans. We’ve had the release of the newest Young Bond bestseller, By Royal Command, the Young Bond alternate reality game, The Shadow War, is going strong and, oh yeah, some sort of trailer was released.

Luckily, in the midst of all the excitement, I was able to sit down for an informal iChat with the man at the center of the action, Charlie Higson.

For talk of Irish maids, airships, Nazi sympathizers, and why Charlie thinks he may have screwed up his chances for a knighthood, click below and go:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Young Bond is BACK!

James Bond is BACK in Charlie Higson’s fifth Young Bond adventure, By Royal Command.

By Royal Command sees James Bond thrown into the midst of a dangerous, spy-ridden plot that threatens to put both King and country at risk. Set between the two World Wars and moving between Eton and the chilling slopes of the Austrian Alps, By Royal Command sees the young James Bond put to the test as never before. Not only are his bravery and loyalty on trial, but the arrival of a pretty, young maid at Eton also teaches him a lesson of the heart.

By Royal Command completes Charlie’s five book cycle of Young Bond novels that began in 2005 with SilverFin. Says Charlie, “It’s a great way to finish off the series, and at the end of it we really feel that James is poised for the next phase of his life.”

By Royal Command is released by Puffin Books as a hardcover and audiobook.

Read my exclusive interview with Charlie Higson to find out what the future holds for Young James Bond.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

'Quantum of Solace' short story collection

To tie-in with the release of the new James Bond film, all Ian Fleming's short stories are being published in one volume for the first time. The new collection, titled Quantum of Solace, includes: From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico, The Hildebrand Rarity, Octopussy & The Living Daylights, The Property of a Lady, and 007 in New York.

Quantum of Solace is published in the U.S. as a trade paperback with cover art by Richie Fahey (left). In the UK, Quantum of Solace is published as a mass market paperback and in a nice collectible hardcover edition.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

It's WAR!

Author Charlie Higson launched the new Young Bond alternate reality game, The Shadow War, during his appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival today.

Today fans are asked to choose a side. You can play as either a British SIS agent or a Soviet OGPU spy in anticipation of the first full Mission which will launch on Wednesday, 27th August.

The Shadow War will total seven exciting missions, culminating on 8th October with a live event, hosted on the game site and featuring Charlie Higson, in which players will be able to ask questions and influence the end of the game.

So head on over to, choose a side, and prepare for WAR.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Puffin announces Young Bond ARG, THE SHADOW WAR

Today Puffin Books announces a new Young Bond alternate reality game, The Shadow War on This groundbreaking game is the first alternate reality game made specifically for children around books. The launch will precede publication of the fifth book in Charlie Higson’s best-selling Young Bond series, By Royal Command, on 3rd September 2008.

The Shadow War is a gripping interactive online game which will put Young Bond fans in the shoes of a British SIS agent or a Soviet OGPU spy. They will embark on a story that spans seven missions over seven weeks. The game starts on the 23rd August, when Charlie Higson will set the first mission during his appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Players around the world will use a range of media, including the Young Bond books themselves and the worldwide web, to complete the missions and influence the outcome of the game.

Written by Charlie Higson and developed by specialist creators of alternate reality games Six to Start, The Shadow War is an innovative combination of reading, story-telling and online gaming. It is designed for children aged 9 plus, but can be enjoyed by adults too, and is played free of charge. Set within the Young Bond world, the game will allow fans to explore familiar locations and see memorable characters from the series – including James Bond himself.

Charlie Higson comments, “I'm really excited about this new Young Bond game, which offers a parallel experience to reading the books. As it is a perfect combination of game playing and poking about on the internet, it’s right up my street. My only regret is that I won’t be able to play it myself as I have been so closely involved in the design of it!”

From 11th August 2008, fans can sign up to play the game by visiting The game culminates on 8th October with a live event, hosted on the game site and featuring Charlie Higson, in which players will be able to ask questions and influence the end of the game.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Royal Command updates

The Young Bond Dossier has two official updates today on Charlie Higson's fifth Young Bond, By Royal Command.

First, it appears the release date has been pulled forward a day to September 3, 2008 (note the new promo art left).

Next, the site reports the cover art will be kept "Top Secret" until the day of publication. The last time Puffin concealed cover art was to shroud the title Double or Die, which was selected in a competition.

By Royal Command finds James Bond in action from England to the chilling heights of the Austrian Alps. It will be released in the UK as a hardcover and audiobook.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Hurricane Gold paperback released

Charlie Higson’s fourth Young Bond bestseller Hurricane Gold has been released in paperback. Even those who picked up the hardcover last September will want to grab a copy of the paperback as it contains an exclusive extract from the next Young Bond novel By Royal Command (due out September 4) and a special five-page preview of SilverFin The Graphic Novel (due out October 2).

Fans will also what to be on the lookout for “The Young Bond Collection”, a limited signed box set collection of the first three Young Bond novels, SilverFin, Blood Fever, and Double or Die, released in the UK as a Borders exclusive. The sets are limited to 1000 and retail for £30.00.

Source: The Young Bond Dossier

Saturday, June 7, 2008

YOUNG BOND centenary week events

Bondmania swept London last week as the first adult James Bond novel in 6 years, Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth. But Young Bond was also part of the celebration with the release of a sparkling paperback edition of Hurricane Gold. Charlie Higson may not have rode down the Thames in a catsuit, but he did embark on a book tour while stores across the UK held Young Bond quizzes and special Young Bond Mini Adventure challenges.

Charlie kicked off the week with an appearance at the Imperial War Museum’s special Ian Fleming exhibition, For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond. Noting that he labors for a year over each Young Bond installment, Charlie joked, “there’s this man called Sebastian Faulks who claims to have written a Bond novels in just six weeks.”

Charlie joined fellow Bond authors Sebastian Faulks and Samantha Weinberg (The Moneypenny Diaries) at the spectacular Devil May Care launch party on May 27. Held at the exclusive private club FIFTY, the party was also attended by Devil May Care cover model Tuuli Shipster and a host of notables and celebrities, including members of the Fleming family.

On launch day, May 28, Charlie appeared at the Hay Festival in Wales while back in London magician David Crofts entertained children and hosted a Young Bond costume contest at Waterstones Piccadilly. Waterstones had a full stock of signed copies of Hurricane Gold waiting for those Bond fans who had queued up in the pre-dawn hours to buy a special limited edition of Devil May Care (including yours truly).

The following day, Charlie appeared at Waterstone’s in Bristol, which also hosted a Young Bond Mini Adventure Challenge. Friday found Charlie signing copies of the book in Norwich where, according to the Evening News, some fans showed up in their own suave James Bond suits.

The Young Bond Dossier was on hand during Charlie’s appearance at Waterstones in Milton Keynes on Saturday, May 31. Charlie signed copies of Hurricane Gold for a long queue of enthusiastic fans while the brave took on a rolling rock wall challenge set up in front of the store. Free bookmarks promoting the next Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, were also available. After the signing, Charlie signed the store’s entire stock of Young Bond novels in record time.

Charlie concludes his book tour today with a signing at WHSmith in Manchester. He will then complete the circle and return to the Imperial War Museum this Tuesday for a panel discussion about “Writing Bond”.

What a week for Bond fans!

The Young Bond Dossier: The Centenary Week that was

Click the headline to read The Young Bond Dossier's report on the Young Bond events during Centenary Week in London.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

LINK: Devil May Care launch day coverage

Click the headline for coverage of Devil May Care's spectacular launch in London, including photos and video, from our friends at Universal Exports.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bentley Limited Edition Devil May Care

A very special limited edition of Sebastian Faulks' Devil May Care is available for collectors with deep pockets. Limited to only 300 copies, Penguin will release 200 while U.S. publisher Doubleday will release 100. Price: $1500.00.

So what makes this special edition SO special? Check out the clip below.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Starlog reports Oberhauser in BY ROYAL COMMAND

Warning: Nostalgia Alert.

Back before the internet told us, well, everything, the way us rabid fanboys got the latest James Bond news was from Starlog magazine. While Starlog was, technically, a magazine devoted to the Sci-fi genre, it always had a particular fondness for 007, and I can recall with excitement seeing in Starlog the first photos of Roger Moore in A View To A Kill (“He still looks great! Really!”), and Starlog’s famous Moore/Connery cover (right) was the opening salvo of 1983’s “Battle of the Bonds.”

That’s why it’s a pleasure to report that the current issue of Starlog (#366) contains a Young Bond scoop (of sorts). The main feature is a very fine interview with Samantha Weinberg, author of sister series The Moneypenny Diaries (which is just being released in the U.S.), but in a smaller article about the other 2008 Bond releases, there’s this little gem about Young Bond 5:

“Meanwhile, Charlie Higson is expected to accomplish his mission by delivering his fifth and final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, for publication in September. This story features Hannes Oberhauser, Bond’s skiing and climbing teacher, and an important figure during his adolescence -- one whose murder, decades later, 007 avenges in Octopussy.”

For the record, we actually got this news from Charlie and first reported it here, so it’s possible we are the source for Starlog. But, hey, this is still cool news that’s worth repeating, and I love the idea that fans who don’t obsessively follow all the latest news on the net will discover this choice bit of By Royal Command coolness the way we did back in the Starlog!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

SilverFin The Graphic Novel

Cover art for the highly anticipated SilverFin graphic novel, due for release in the UK on October 2, 2008, has been revealed on The Young Bond Dossier.

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel is written by Young Bond author Charlie Higson and illustrated by renowned artist Kev Walker. Based on the bestselling first Young Bond novel, this graphic novel adaptation will run 160 pages with approximately 300 full color illustrations.

SilverFin: The Graphic Novel can be pre-ordered now at

Friday, May 2, 2008

Win a crocodile!

To celebrate the release this month of Charlie Higson’s fourth Young Bond novel Hurricane Gold in paperback, Puffin is giving fans a chance to adopt a genuine West African Dwarf Crocodile from the Whipsnade Zoo!

Click below for details and entry form at the official Puffin website.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

HURRICANE GOLD paperback promotional poster

Our friends at Puffin Books have given us an exclusive first look at this spectacular new promotional poster for the paperback edition of Charlie Higson’s Hurricane Gold. The book is set for release on May 28, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming. As previously reported, the paperback will include a preview extract of the fifth Young Bond novel, By Royal Command.

May 28, 2008 is going to be a big day for Bond fans young and old. In addition to the Centenary and Hurricane Gold, the day will also see the release of an all-new adult Bond novel, Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks.

Charlie Higson will launch the paperback Hurricane Gold with a personal appearance at the Hay Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye. He will then embark on a UK book tour. No word yet on a launch event for Devil May Care, but certainly IFP and Penguin have something cooking for the big day.

Speaking of the big day, I will be traveling to the UK during the Centenary week and will provide full coverage and a gallery of pics of all the exciting Young Bond and Centenary events.

Get ready for Bondmania 2008!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Charlie Higson says YOUNG BOND SERIES II a possibility

Charlie Higson told BBC News today that a second cycle of Young Bond books is a possibility, but cautioned it would only happen after he’s taken a break to complete some other non-Bond projects.

“I want to have a break and do some other stuff for a while. But I'd love to come back and write some more.” Higson told the BBC. "One thing I've been talking about possibly doing is a second sequence of books...maybe taking him up to and into World War II.”

Higson says a second series would be aimed at a “slightly older readership” than his first cycle of books that concludes with By Royal Command in September.

“He's approaching the age of 15 in this latest book and I couldn't continue writing this type of book for this age group with Bond at the age he is,” says Higson.

“The question of sex is the hardest thing - one of the facts we get from one of Bond short stories is that he lost his virginity aged 16 in a brothel in Paris. I don't think I can quite get away with that for a 10-year-old reader.”

Asked if the French brothel would feature in the first of the new “older Bond” books, Higson said: “It would certainly be part of the next sequence - I think we would see a bit more of what was going on there.”

He added: “It's been fantastic writing these books, I would hate to sever my partnership with the world of Bond. I know quite a lot of the Fleming family now, and they're all fantastic.”

But Young Bond fans shouldn’t pop the champagne corks just yet. I can confirm that Ian Fleming Publications have not commissioned any further Young Bond novels and are currently concentrating on the centenary year, which includes By Royal Command and the SilverFin graphic novel. So, at the moment, a Young Bond Series II is just a beautiful dream.

Ironically, almost exactly a year ago, I speculated on what a second Young Bond series could look like HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Young Bond returns to the USA

Young James Bond is BACK in the USA in Charlie Higson’s third Young Bond novel, Double or Die. Released today by Hyperion Books for Children, the UK bestseller finds James searching for a kidnapped teacher in the darkest and most dangerous corners of 1930s London. (Click for review)

The new Double or Die U.S. hardcover sports breathtaking cover art by Kev Walker (who will provide artwork for the SilverFin graphic novel later this year). An unabridged Double or Die audiobook read by Nathaniel Parker is also released today by Random House as a 7 CD set ($37.00) and as an audio download ($18.95).

Says author Charlie Higson, Double or Die is a new start for Young Bond in the states and I’m very excited about its release.”

Sunday, April 20, 2008

U.S. covers for Devil May Care and Quantum of Solace

Cover art for the U.S. editions of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks and the Quantum of Solace Ian Fleming short story collection have been revealed.


Monday, April 14, 2008

'By Royal Command' promo art and plot synopsis

Puffin Books has released promotional art and a fantastic all-new plot synopsis for Charlie Higson's fifth Young Bond novel, By Royal Command.

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school - and his country.

Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows, with only a beautiful - and dangerous - girl by his side.

Soon he is trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy plunges him once more into the face of death.

Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

By Royal Command will be released in the UK as a hardcover and audiobook on September 4, 2008.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

No 'Double or Die' U.S. book tour

Disappointing news today for U.S. Young Bond fans. It appears Charlie Higson will not be making a U.S. book tour promoting the release of Double or Die.

Charlie previously “crossed the pond” for the releases of SilverFin and Blood Fever.

Double or Die will be published by Hyperion Books for Children on April 22. An unabridged U.S. audiobook from Random House is scheduled for release on the same day. Says Charlie Higson, “Double or Die is a new start for Young Bond in the states and I’m very excited about its release.”

Source: The Young Bond Dossier

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

FIRST LOOK: Double or Die U.S. hardcover

Our friends at Disney Publishing have given us an advanced first look at the new U.S. edition of Charlie Higson’s Double or Die, due for release on April 22. The book is a high quality hardcover with dust jacket sporting breathtaking new artwork by Kev Walker.

Says author Charlie Higson, “It’s fantastic to see the new American cover of Double or Die which has all the romance and atmosphere I imagined when writing the books. Double or Die is a new start for Young Bond in the states and I’m very excited about its release.”


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