Sunday, May 29, 2022

VIDEO: The Schøyen Collection by Jon Gilbert

Some really breathtaking Ian Fleming rarities here. Enjoy.

For a curated collection of links about the literary James Bond like the above, check out the new Book Bond YouTube channel.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

BOOK BOND REVIEW: With A Mind To Kill the memory of No Time To Die

Anthony Horowitz's third and final James Bond novel, With A Mind To Kill, is released today by Jonathan Cape in the UK. I've had the pleasure of reading it and I can report it's excellent! Horowitz mines one of the richest untapped veins of the literary James Bond; namely, what happened to 007 in Russia between the books You Only Live Twice and The Man With The Golden Gun. It's Horowitz's darkest Bond with a powerful climax that perfectly caps his time as the reigning continuation novelist and, possibly, this particular era of period Bond novels.

For a third time Horowitz proves he knows exactly what makes a great James Bond adventure. The book is packed with tension and moves like a rocket. Without going into major spoilers, the book delivers an epic action sequence set in London before moving onto Russia where much of the novel is set. Bond's mission is clear cut, the locations are atmospheric, and the stakes are sky high from page one. We also have a solid Bond Girl in Katya Leonova. And it certainly isn't hard to see Russia as the villain these days, which makes this book, set in 1965, feel (tragically) up to the minute.

If I have a criticism (and this wouldn't be a proper review without) it would be with the frequent callbacks to past Fleming books. While call backs to The Man With The Golden Gun are integral with the plot and expected, it's possible every book gets a nod in some form. This feels a bit calculated and while fans may like it, I thought it was a touch distracting. But that's a quibble.

So how does With A Mind To Kill stand against Horowitz's two other Bonds? I think most will agree With A Mind To Kill is his best and I wouldn't argue with that. However, it is a darker book, and I'm still very much suffering PTSD from the last James Bond film, No Time To Die, with its relentless bleakness, hopelessness, and humiliating death of 007. I really need some fun! So while With A Mind To Kill is superb and going dark has never troubled me in the past, at this moment in time I still rank Trigger Mortis at the top of my Horowitz list as it seems the lightest of his outings. But talk to me again in a year.

I've never been more happy to add a new Bond book to my bookshelf and continue the adventure. Thanks to the caring custodians at Ian Fleming Publications and the talented Anthony Horowitz, JAMES BOND LIVES!

You can purchase With A Mind To Kill at and Special UK editions are also available from Waterstones and Goldsboro Books.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

LINK: Catching Anthony Horowitz’s WITH A MIND TO KILL at its London launch

Mark O'Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memories of a Bond Fan, attended the London launch party for Anthony Horowitz's With A Mind To Kill and has an excellent report with photos on his website. Click the headline or the image below to have a read.


You can purchase With A Mind To Kill at and Special UK editions are also available from Waterstones and Goldsboro Books.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

WITH A MIND TO KILL released in the U.S. today

Anthony Horowitz's With A Mind To Kill is released today in the U.S. and Canada by Harper Collins.

This time the publisher has used the UK cover art instead of creating their own unique design as they did for the last two Horowitz books. While a bit disappointing to me as a collector, it's not unprecedented and it's a great cover. (Call me crazy, but I kinda miss the days of the uniform series covers like on Gardner and Benson books.)

The real advantage here is you can get the book a few days before the UK edition, which is set for release from Jonathan Cape on Thursday. (I'll be holding back my review until then.)

Purchase the U.S. edition of With A Mind To Kill on A Large Print edition is also available from HarperLuxe.

Monday, May 23, 2022

WITH A MIND TO KILL trailer and exclusive extract

Today our friends at Penguin Random House have released the official trailer and an exclusive extract from Anthony Horowitz's new Bond novel, With A Mind To Kill. Watch the trailer below (via my new YouTube channel) and read the exclusive extract HERE.

With A Mind to Kill will be released this week in the U.S. and UK. You can purchase at and Special UK editions are also available from Waterstones and Goldsboro Books.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Cross Cult to release DEATH IS FOREVER

Our friends at Commander report that after after a six-year hiatus, German publisher Cross Cult will resume publication of the John Gardner James Bond novels next year. Below is the cover art for Gardner's 1992 novel Death is Forever, due for release on June 3, 2023.

Thanks to @CBn007 on Twitter for the alert. Click here to see more covers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


What could be better than a new Bond book? How about reading that new Bond book in Hawaii! Below is an advert from Honolulu Book Shops for John Gardner's For Special Services, released 40 years ago today.

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