Saturday, August 29, 2009

IFP gives shout-out to fansite

How cool is Ian Fleming Publications? In their latest email newsletter, the company that controls the literary James Bond gives a nice shout-out to the fansite, Illustrated 007.
"Ian Fleming Publications Ltd was lucky enough to come across a blog run by Peter Lorenz which features his wide collection of Ian Fleming and James Bond books. The Illustrated 007 is full of Peter's wonderful photography and shows the great range and scale of Ian Fleming books available. Click the link to enjoy the blog for yourself!"
Congrats Peter on an official thumbs up from the Fleming family!

You can subscribe to the IFP newsletter via the official Ian Fleming Publications website.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Charity shop finds Thunderball first edition in donation bin

Wick St Barnabas charity shop volunteer Roger Butterworth was amazed to find a first edition copy of Ian Fleming's Thunderball, published in 1961, novel among the donations.

Butterworth, who also volunteers at the Littlehampton Museum, instantly recognised the value of the book, which is in excellent condition.

The 007 volume is on prominent display in Littlehampton Museum's popular summer exhibition, "On His Majesty's Secret Service", which celebrates the town's link with Bond creator Fleming. The museum is accepting bids in excess of £100 on behalf of the charity shop

The book will remain on display until the exhibition ends, on September 4.

Source: Littlehampton Gazette

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Faulks not signing 'Devil May Care' on Sept 3

Sebastian Faulks will be at Hatchards in London signing his new novel A Week in December on Thursday 3rd September from 12.30-1.30pm. However, the Hatchards website has added this to the event description:


So we know what that means.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Vendetta to the rescue

Check out this awesome sketch by Kev Walker of a key scene in Blood Fever when Vendetta comes to rescue young James from the fiendish mosquito torture.

We’ll see more of these terrific Kev Walker illustrations (in color) in the upcoming Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier, due for release on October 29, 2009.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Quantum of Solace' nominated for book design award

The handsome new hardcover edition of Quantum of Solace -- a complete collection of the Ian Fleming James Bond short stories -- has been short-listed for the Best Jacket/Cover Design category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2009.

The book was designed by Angus Hyland and Fabian Herrmann of Pentagram, and is a cloth-covered hardback featuring a silver foil-blocked image of Bond’s weapon of choice, the Walther PPK. The stunning design has caught the eye of many, and Antonio Carusone of design blog describes it:

A subtle diamond pattern is debossed on to the boards, which combined with deep burgundy endpapers evokes the discerning elegance of Bond’s world. An embossed manila bellyband with typewritten cover information on the label evokes the official documents of the period.

The winner of each category will be announced at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2009 gala dinner to be held on Thursday 29 October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Ticket details can be found at, and the short-list for the 2009 awards will also be available on the website from Monday 10 August 2009.

Source: Ian Fleming Publications

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Interview with Raymond Benson

Skype video interview with James Bond continuation author Raymond Benson. Interviewer: Stacey Cochran.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

French SilverFin Graphic Novel

The Young Bond Dossier has revealed cover art for the French language edition of SilverFin: The Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson and Kev Walker. This marks the first appearance of the graphic novel outside the UK. Release date is September 23, 2009 (

Saturday, August 1, 2009

OO7 Magazine #51 out now

After a 3-year sabbatical as on online periodical, 007 Magazine is BACK IN PRINT with issue #51 released today.

Editor & publisher Graham Rye explained, “When we ceased publishing 007 Magazine as a paper publication in December 2005 many of our faithful long-time readers were less than enthusiastic about the changeover to the new media. So after being away for a three-year hiatus I’ve decided to return with a printed magazine format and this time to run two titles side-by-side, hopefully to cater for every possible taste in Bond fandom."

You can purchase 007 #51 NOW via the 007 Magazine website.