Tuesday, April 17, 2018

James Bond KILL CHAIN collected hardcover released

The collected hardcover edition of Dynamite's James Bond KILL CHAIN by Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida is out now.

When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally - the CIA! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents the return of writer Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida as they plot the return of James Bond's oldest and deadliest foe: SMERSH!

Purchase the collected KILL CHAIN at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

The next collected edition will be James Bond: Case Files Vol 1. It's available for pre-order at Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

Friday, April 13, 2018

WIN a limited advance copy of FOREVER AND A DAY

Dead Good has launched a special Forever and a Day competition that will definitely be of interest to Bond fans! Check out details below.

We’re giving a lucky 007 fan the chance to be one of the first people in the world to read Forever and a Day, while luxuriating in surroundings enjoyed by both James Bond and his creator Ian Fleming. 
To be in with a chance of winning a night at The Savoy Hotel, London, with a limited edition advanced copy of Forever and a Day and a Martini; simply fill in your details HERE. Good luck!

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz is a prequel to Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. It will be released by Jonathan Cape in the UK on May 31 and in the U.S. by Harper Collins on November 6, 2018.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dynamite's CASINO ROYALE released today

Dynamite's graphic novel adaptation of Ian Fleming's classic Casino Royale is released today (at last!).

Ian Fleming's literary debut of British Secret Service agent 007 is stylishly adapted to the sequential art medium by Van Jensen and Denis Calero in the official James Bond: Casino Royale graphic novel. Sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond aims to eliminate the threat of the deadly Le Chiffre by bankrupting the ruthless SMERSH operative at the baccarat table. However, when the luck of the draw favors his enemy, 007 becomes the target of assassins and torturers in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.

Purchase Casino Royale from Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK). Amazon still shows an April 24 release date, but according to both Dynamite and IFP, the book is out now.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Prepare to be SHAKEN

Today comes news of a unique new James Bond book, created in collaboration with IFP, along with the first look at the cover art. 

Mitchell Beazley acquires Shaken the official James Bond 
cocktail book in collaboration with The Ian Fleming Estate

‘It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.’ 
- Thunderball, Ian Fleming

Mitchell Beazley (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) today announced the acquisition of Shaken: Drinking with James Bond & Ian Fleming, the official cocktail book. It has been created in close  collaboration with the Ian Fleming Estate and Ian Fleming Publications. Octopus Publisher Alison Starling acquired world rights all languages from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown.

Shaken explores James Bond creator Ian Fleming's writings on the pleasures of drinking and offers 50 cocktail recipes created by the co-founders of award-winning bar Swift – Edmund Weil (who is related to Fleming), Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson. Fergus Fleming has written a foreword.

From the very first 007 novel, Casino Royale, in which Bond christens The Vesper, to the immortal lines, ‘shaken and not stirred’, which first appeared in print in Diamonds Are Forever, strong, carefully crafted cocktails are an essential component of every Bond story. With ten classic drinks from the pages of the novels, plus forty brand-new recipes inspired by the people, places and plots of the original novels, Shaken offers both a dazzling selection of delicious cocktails and a glorious celebration of Fleming’s writing on a subject he was fascinated by.

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908 and died in 1964. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. It introduced James Bond, Agent 007, to the world and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write thirteen other Bond books, which spawned one of the most successful and well-known film franchises ever. The James Bond books have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 20 languages. There are 26 films and counting.

In 2016 Edmund Weil and his wife Rosie Stimpson, the duo behind celebrated London speakeasies Nightjar and Oriole, teamed up with bar industry legends Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson to open Bar Swift in Soho. It has achieved early renown, picking up the Time Out Best New Bar award in its first year.

Alison Starling at Octopus said of the announcement, ‘When Gordon Wise mentioned this idea at last year’s London Book Fair I jumped at the chance to acquire the book. It has been a huge privilege to work with the Ian Fleming Estate on this the first official James Bond cocktail book and bringing the award-winning team from Bar Swift into the mix has only added to the quality (and enjoyment) of the project.’

Georgia Grimond of the Fleming Estate commented, ‘Fleming was a stickler for well made and delicious things in life. Long before many others, he was writing in detail about how best to enjoy a good drink so it has been a delight to bring his writing, expertise and ingenious names to new audiences as well as those that know him and Bond well.’

Shaken will be published by Mitchell Beazley on 6th September 2018 at £15 in hardback. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Book Bond now supports HTTPS

Hey everyone. Just letting you know that The Book Bond now supports a https connection. Simply put, https is encrypted and therefore more secure than http. (You can read more here.) So if your browser has been giving you a warning that the site is non-secure, that will now go away.

While you can continue to connect via http (old links will automatically redirect), I would encourage you to switch your bookmarked URLs to:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

IFP celebrates 60 years of DR. NO

The Ian Fleming Publications website is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming's Dr. No. Their page doesn't show the first U.S. edition (which spelled out "Doctor"), so I thought I'd share it here from my own collection. This was published by Macmillan. I've always liked this cover.

Check out DR NO 60th Anniversary at Ian Fleming Publications.

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