Thursday, June 6, 2024

ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE paperback released

The UK paperback edition of Charlie Higson's On His Majesty's Secret Service is released today by Ian Fleming Publications. The paperback features revised text, exclusive content, and dynamite new cover art. The book supports the National Literacy Trust.

On His Majesty's Secret Service was a special one-off Bond novella to celebrate the coronation of King Charles. Higson authored the popular and acclaimed Young Bond series and really delivered with his first adult Bond novel.

My hope is that IFPL and Charlie will settle down together in a marriage that was always meant to be, and Charlie Higson will become the new official continuation novelist. I so miss the days of Gardner and Benson when we got a new Bond book every year. I'd love nothing more than a decade of regular James Bond adventures from Charlie Higson.

In the meantime, On His Majesty's Secret Service can be purchased from IFPL, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Spybrary interviews Charlie Higson

Spybrary's Shane Whaley is joined by special guests Charlie Higson and Mark Ashby to discuss the revised paperback edition of On His Majesty's Secret Service, and what could have been for Young Bond.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

LINK: ‘Bond’s gone woke!’ Charlie Higson on the row around his ‘metrosexual’ 007

Nice article by Charlie Higson in The Guardian for those who care to read and think. Click the headline above.

"I believe that as long as Bond can remain an outrageous fantasy he will endure. No Time to Die experimented with grounding Bond and giving him a reality. I prefer the cocktail-fuelled rush of the night before."

Higson's superb On His Majesty's Secret Service is released in paperback in the UK this week.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New IAN FLEMING hardcovers coming in October

Ian Fleming Publications announced today, Ian Fleming's birthday, new hardcover editions of the Fleming books with cover art by Michael Gillette. Below is the full press release.

New 007 Hardbacks Coming This year

Today, May 28th, is Ian Fleming’s birthday and to mark the occasion we’re thrilled to share news of an exciting project with you.

On October 3rd later this year, we’ll be publishing new hardback editions of all fourteen of Fleming’s original Bond stories. From Casino Royale right through to Octopussy, get ready to clear some space on your shelves for these beautiful tomes. 

The covers (to be revealed at a later date) for these prestige hardback editions will feature brand new art from legendary designer Michael Gillette, as well as bonus content. Publishing Director Simon Ward says, “I remember seeing Michael Gillette’s James Bond cover designs in a bookshop window in 2008. They were instant classics and became defining editions for a whole generation of fans. We’ve long wanted to partner with Michael again and we’re thrilled that day has finally come. We believe he’s put together something very special and can’t wait to share these all-new designs with the world.”

Speaking about this project, Michael shared the following:

“I’m very excited to see this set released. It was wonderful to make the 2008 set, and to get a second opportunity is a great honour. I hope that fans and new readers will sense the love and thought with which they were created.”

Michael shared this image as a taste of what’s to come. © Michael Gillette 2024.

All fourteen hardbacks are available to pre-order now from the links below, and we look forward to sharing the covers with you soon…

Casino Royale - IFPL | Amazon UK
Live and Let Die - IFPL | Amazon UK
Moonraker  - IFPL | Amazon UK
Diamonds are Forever - IFPL | Amazon UK
From Russia with Love - IFPL | Amazon UK
Dr. No - IFPL | Amazon UK
Goldfinger - IFPL | Amazon UK
For Your Eyes Only - IFPL | Amazon UK
Thunderball  - IFPL | Amazon UK
The Spy Who Loved Me - IFPL | Amazon UK
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - IFPL | Amazon UK
You Only Live Twice - IFPL | Amazon UK
The Man with the Golden Gun - IFPL | Amazon UK
Octopussy and the Living Daylights - IFPL | Amazon UK

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE limited paperback sells out in an hour

If there was ever a reason to subscribe to the Ian Fleming Publications newsletter, it was today. IFP offered 200 special signed paperback editions of Charlie Higson's acclaimed On His Majesty's Secret Service with sprayed 007 edges. They were available exclusively through the IFP online store and appear to have sold out within the hour.

You can still buy the regular paperback edition of On His Majesty's Secret Service via Amazon.co.uk. Release date is June 6.

Here's hoping Charlie and IFP are working on a deal for more books. Higson + Bond. This works!

Monday, May 6, 2024

HIGH TIME TO KILL turns 25

Happy to join in the celebration of Raymond Benson's third original James Bond continuation novel, High Time To Kill, which turns 25 today. One of my all-time favorites!

You can read my review of the book that I wrote on the 5th anniversary HERE. Wow, how time flies.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Calvin Dyson reviews THE FACTS OF DEATH

My favorite Bond fan Calvin Dyson is back with a review of Raymond Benson's second original Bond novel, The Facts of Death. Enjoy!

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