Friday, December 23, 2011


Great news! Raymond Benson has revealed on his Facebook page that his classic James Bond reference book The James Bond Beside Companion will be republished in early January 2012. It will be released first as an eBook, followed by an audiobook and print edition a few weeks later. This is the updated 1988 edition that examines the Bond series up to The Living Daylights (in films) and Scorpius (in books). Cover art is below.

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  1. Cool, if I can find it cheap I may pick it up. My old copy fell apart completely years ago.

  2. Wish the print version was made in a regular 'paperback' size so it can travel easier.

  3. Great news. Even twenty plus years on, this is still THE definitive reference work on the literary James Bond. I went through a couple of copies back in the Eighties and Nineties! (The original binding seemed kind of prone to coming apart when it was read as frequently as mine.)

    While I fully understand and appreciate Raymond's reasons for not wanting to update it now that he's been on the inside of the James Bond world... I still wish he would. Perhaps just on the movies if he felt too uncomfortable assessing other books as an official continuation author himself, though a different sort of section on the books, told from that insider's perspective, would be welcome too. Maybe that's a whole other book. A memoir of his own Bond experience to serve as a Volume 2 of sorts?

  4. That is one hell of a horrible cover.

  5. Can't wait to get my hands on the printed copy. Will go very niecely with my two signed earlier releases of RB's awesome book!

  6. Was this ever actually released as a printed copy? I have the Kindle edition, but wanted to buy this as a gift for a friend...


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