Tuesday, June 25, 2013

These covers will make your head explode

Roger Moore on the cover of Ian Fleming James Bond novels famous for being movies with Sean Connery. Ka-boom! Head explosion. But this alternate reality is exactly what we have with this terrific set of Turkish Ian Fleming 007 novels from TAY. Believe it or not, some of these carry a 1990 publication date (see update).

Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.
Thanks to Bazeer Flumore and The Figure Collector.
Moonranker and Diamonds Are Forever.
From Russia With Love and Doctor No.
Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only.
Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service and You Only Love Twice.
The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy.

By the way, that Octopussy cover is one of the only editions of the book anywhere to use artwork from the 1983 movie, so that's kinda cool. Also interesting that For Your Eyes Only uses the Triad Granada artwork from the 1981 UK tie-in edition, and how well it matches.

Oh, and the backs of these editions all feature a classic image of Sean Connery as 007. Ka-boom!

UPDATE: According to the excellent website The Figure Collector, these were originally published between 1983 and 1984. Thanks to Dan Gale for the tip.

Friday, June 21, 2013

CHRISTOPHER WOOD novelizations released as eBooks

Christopher Wood's two novelizations of the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker are released today as eBooks by Ian Fleming Publications. This is the first reprinting of these books since their original releases in 1977 and 1979. They are available worldwide via Amazon, Sony and Kobo.

Below are the awesome covers by David Eldridge (which nicely match the recently released eBook of John Pearson's 007 biography). If we could only get print editions with these covers!

Almost all the James Bond continuation novels have now been released as eBooks. Vist our new page, Continuation eBooks, for links to all the post-Ian Fleming James Bond adventures!

Thanks to Jason Whiton of SpyVibe for the tip off and IFP for the images.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Preview Brian Berley's THE ILLUSTRATED 007 v.2.0

Check out this teaser for Brian Berley's next series of illustrated images from the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. This is great stuff.

You can watch Brian's first image collection via a link on his official website: BrianBerley.com/007.

UPDATE: It appears Brian has taken down his work. Don't know why.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

JOHN GARDNER's Bond novels released as eBooks in USA

Eleven of the 16 John Gardner James Bond novels have been released as eBooks in the USA by Ian Fleming Publications. The books are available now via Amazon, Kobo and Sony, and will also be available from Apple in a few weeks' time. The available novels are:


The final five novels (The Man From Barbarossa, Death Is Forever, Never Send Flowers, Seafire and Cold) will be released as eBooks when the paperbacks are published by Pegasus in 2014.

Visit The Book Bond's special Gardner Renewed page for links to all the Gardner-Bond reprints in the U.S. and UK.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Here's a 1994 Italian paperback edition of John Gardner's sixth original Bond novel, No Deals, Mr. Bond. I like this cover for several reasons.

First, you gotta love that Bond is depicted as a 1970s Diamonds-era Sean Connery. I also really like that it showcases the Hong Kong locations of this book. I can't think of another No Deals cover that does that. It's also very much a modern pulp cover, capturing Bond in a moment of vulnerable bloody action. And speaking of blood, I'm wondering if this is the only Bond cover that actually shows 007 bleeding?

All the John Gardner James Bond novels were recently reprinted. Visit The Book Bond's special Gardner Renewed page for links to all the Gardner-Bond reprints in the U.S. and UK.

Monday, June 3, 2013


This is an Italian trade paperback edition of John Gardner's second James Bond novel, For Special Services (1982), with terrific cover art. Apart from the Conneryesque silhouette, the Saab, and the oh-so-'80s Bond girl, I love that the gun Bond is holding is the Heckler & Koch VP70, which is unique to this book. Gardner tried three different handguns for 007 before settling on the ASP in his fourth book, Role of Honor.

All the John Gardner James Bond novels were recently reprinted. Visit The Book Bond's special Gardner Renewed page for links to all the Gardner-Bond reprints in the U.S. and UK.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Official JAMES BOND site celebrates Fleming's 14th

The official James Bond 007 Facebook page is devoting the month of June to Octopussy, the 13th James Bond film which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this month. Octopussy was loosely based on the Ian Fleming short story published in a 1966 collection that also included The Living Daylights. Octopussy was the 14th and final Ian Fleming James Bond book. The paperback edition added The Property of a Lady to the collection, hence the reference in the movie to the Faberge Egg as being "the property of a lady."

I've always loved the movie Octopussy. I thought it was a very successful combination of the campy elements of the Moore era and a solid espionage tale, along with a nice dash of mystery and exotic locations. It was also was the Bond film that was released when I just turning into a true Bond fanatic, so that might have something to do with why I still love it so much. It's great to see it being celebrated in this way.

Click to celebrate Octopussy on the official James Bond 007 Facebook page. You can also "Like" my own Octopussy Facebook page.

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