Wednesday, September 23, 2015

COLONEL SUN reprint coming from Vintage

Here's some great news. Vintage will release Colonel Sun by Kingley Amis with cover art that matches their recent Ian Fleming paperbacks. This is the first reprint of Colonel Sun since 1995, and it's always exciting to have this first continuation novel as part of a current set of Bonds.

The first ever Bond continuation, originally published by Jonathan Cape in 1968, now finally back in print and published to coincide with the forthcoming Bond film Spectre.

Lunch at Scott's, a quiet game of golf, a routine social call on his chief M, convalescing in his Regency house in Berkshire - the life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency … until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped and his house staff savagely murdered. The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island where the glacial, malign Colonel Sun Liang-tan of the People's Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex-nazi atrocity expert in a world-menacing conspiracy. Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces unarmed the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.

Colonel Sun will be released on October 15 and can be pre-orded at

Thanks to Dylan Green and Leigh Burne for the alerts.


  1. That's a nice touch. It's one of the better continuation novels and deserves its place!

  2. I'm glad to see it! Is this the first ever printing of Colonel Sun that has omitted the Robert Markham pen name altogether?

  3. Good spotting Tanner. I didn't notice that until you pointed it out

  4. Yes, I believe so...English language, at least (the German 'Shocker' paperback from 1968 with Connery and Mie Hama on the cover only mentions Markham). All the others I own name Amis & Markham, even the Coronet ones that say "Kingsley Amis writing as Robert Markham" and "Robert Markham with a special introduction by Kingsley Amis". Some admit further in the liner notes or the introduction that it was actually an Amis pseudonym. I guess IFP have finally accepted that the later authors will NOT be using the pseudonym after all...

  5. At long last IFP have droped this ridiculous Markham business.
    Back in the day, it probably cost Gildrose thousands of sales - a great shame because this is - Trigger Mortis included - the best continuation novel to date.

  6. Back when the Vintage Fleming set came out I remember hoping off-hand that they'd include Colonel Sun in the run, thrilled to see that they now have! Will happily be putting this on my shelf with the rest. Great book.

  7. Don't get me started on "Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming" (as though it were a house name)!


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