Friday, April 5, 2019

FOREVER AND A DAY paperback released in the UK

The paperback edition of Anthony Horowitz's Forever and a Day has been released in the UK. The cover uses the same art as the UK hardcover, but with the addition of a tag reading "The Number One Bestseller". The book is released by Vintage.


Purchase the Forever and a Day UK paperback on Amazon.co.uk.

The U.S. paperback is set for release November 5, 2019.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Folio Society releases THUNDERBALL

The Folio Society has released their next illustrated slip-cased Ian Fleming classic, Thunderball.


Thunderball, the latest volume in the Folio Bond Collection, features a new delectable series of images by Fay Dalton, and introduces one of Ian Fleming’s greatest villains – the nefarious Blofeld.

Fay Dalton continues her celebrated work on Folio’s collectable Bond series, bringing fans of the agent more of her glamorous, sexy and dangerous interpretation of Fleming’s iconic creation. In this latest set of illustrations, Dalton glories in the darker side of the adventure, depicting Blofeld’s grisly execution of an underling, and the brutish Emilio Largo, doused in hellish light and ready to extract the information he needs from his prone victim, by whatever means necessary. Balancing these sinister visions are glittering images of the casino, the cool spectacle of a plane sinking beneath the waves, and the sunlit tropical fantasy of Bond carrying a bikini-clad girl from the ocean.

The pictorial slipcase – such a feature of this lavish series – shows Bond exploring a seabed fraught with hazards, in one of the book’s most memorable scenes. A stylish cloth binding, inspired by Bond’s impeccable suits, rounds off this exquisite edition.

The Thunderball Folio Edition is priced at $62.95 and is available now from the Folio Society website.

Also available are illustrated editions of Casino Royale, Moonraker, Diamonds Are ForeverFrom Russia With Love, Dr. Noand Goldfinger.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Young Bond Dossier is going OFFLINE


My first James Bond website The Young Bond Dossier will be going offline sometime in the coming week as I've decided to not renew the URL for another year.

Launched in 2006, The Young Bond Dossier is where I covered the Young Bond series with news, interviews, and event reports. In 2007 it became the official news feed to youngbond.com. I stopped updating the site in 2011 as the adult James Bond books came back into the fore, and integrated young and old Bond book coverage here at The Book Bond.

While I've migrated select past news stories here, there are galleries that contain variant and international Young Bond covers and event photos that will vanish along with the site. So here's your notice to snatch what you like before it all goes the way of the Wayback Machine!

And while on the topic of my websites, while I will continues to update The Book Bond with news of upcoming releases and IFP projects, I spend most of my time these days at my Houdini blog WILD ABOUT HARRY. So if you have any curiosity about the Handcuff King, have a visit! Oh, and I also have a little Sherlock Holmes blog called The Battered Tin.

UPDATE: It appears the site is already offline. I thought I was in a grace period. Well, that's all folks!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

BONDAGE QUARTERLY

As I continue to pair down my Bond collection, one thing I'm holding onto are all my fan club related publications. Back in the day, this was how fans received the latest news and rumors. I loved these for the excitement they brought (even it the news wasn't always accurate). I still love them for capturing a place and time in Bond fandom.

Below are two of the earliest issues of Bondage Quarterly that I own (May & August 1975). These were newsletters sent to members of the American James Bond Fan Club, and are fun to read over for what they got right and wrong. Enjoy the news!

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CLICK HERE for a look back at all the issues of the American Fan Club's main publication BondageCLICK HERE to see how the fan club would let members know that a new book was on the way.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hugh Hefner's inscribed OHMSS to be sold

Hugh Hefner's inscribed copy of Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service will be offered for sale by Johnson Rare Books & Archives during the Rare Books LA festival at the Pasadena Convention Center, February 1-2. The website Fine Books & Collectibles reports:

Along with books by these writers, one of the most iconic books from Hefner’s library being offered at Rare Books LA is an inscribed first edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1964). The novel was serialized in Playboy before its publication in book form.

For more information on Rare Books LA visit the official website.

UPDATE: Per Tanner from Double O Section, this sold for $40,000 within the first few minutes of the show.

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