Monday, April 11, 2022

Vintage Paperback Book Repair - MOONRAKER

I very much enjoy the YouTube Channel of Jules Burt, a vintage paperback book collector from the UK. Jules has several videos devoted to the Bond books. This is one of my favorites. Enjoy.

In this video I take a rather worn and tired copy of the rare Pan Books 'Director's' edition of Ian Fleming's third James Bond title, Moonraker and restore it back to near its former glory. The cover is removed and repaired, the top and tails of the spine are glued back into place and the spine roll is sorted. Hope you enjoy the process! If you enjoy this video for the ASMR qualities, that's just a bonus.

Sunday, April 3, 2022


It was 25 years ago today that Raymond Benson's debut continuation novel, Zero Minus Ten, was released in the UK by by Hodder & Stoughton. Raymond offered up a timely 007 adventure dealing with a threat to Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China. He brought back many Bond traditions, notably the structure of the British Secrets Service which John Gardner had altered in his final books. I recently gave Zero Minus Ten a re-read and liked it even more than I remembered. It's a great Bond book!

Raymond Benson would go on to pen a total of six original Bond novels, three novelizations, and three shorts stories. So here's to the beginning of the Benson era. These were fun years.

You can buy Zero Minus Ten at and

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