James Bond’s age: a tricky subject

October 9th, 2013 by

William Boyd’s explanation of his decision to give Bond’s age as 45 in 1969 has prompted me to write up some thoughts on the tricky subject of Bond’s age. Boyd offers his contention that as You Only Live Twice was the last Bond novel published in his lifetime, Fleming’s statement, via M’s premature obituary, that Bond […]

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IFP announces new series of Young Bond novels

October 9th, 2013 by

Ian Fleming Publications has this morning announced a new series of Young Bond novels, to be written by Steve Cole. The series will consist of fout books and be published by Random House starting Autumn 2014. The books will continue the life of a young James Bond from where Charlie Higson’s series of five books left […]

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‘Solo’ released in the US

October 8th, 2013 by

Today sees the publication of Solo in the United States, not quite two weeks after its debut in the UK. Written by William Boyd, the book is published in the US by Harper and available in both hardback and Kindle versions from Amazon. Solo is set in 1969 and introduces 007 as he celebrates his […]

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John Gardner Kindle Bond bundle

October 7th, 2013 by

All the John Gardner Bond books are now available as a bundle for Kindle. The bundle includes all fourteen of his 007 novels as well as the novelisations of Goldeneye and Licence To Kill. If you want to read most of his first James Bond novel for free then you can select Send Sample Now […]

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Unopened DB5 six-pack sells for £5.5K

October 5th, 2013 by

Six gold coloured Corgi Aston Martins that were recently unearthed in their original packing were sold at auction for £5,500. The cars should have been sold in the 1960s following the release of Goldfinger, but instead the salesman hung into them. The are wrapped together in cellophane, the fact of them being in an unopened […]

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Review: ‘Solo’ by William Boyd

October 4th, 2013 by

Writing a Bond novel must be pretty tough. After all, many have tried to take on the heavy yoke of expectation that surrounds anything even loosely associated with Britain’s cold war master spy, James Bond, 007. In 2012, Sam Mendes’ latest cinematic effort, Skyfall seemed to suggest that Daniel Craig et al were just getting […]

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Limited edition Casino Royale Bentley edition to celebrate 60th anniverary

October 4th, 2013 by

Vintage Classics and Bentley have combined forced to release a special limited edition version of Casino Royale to celebrate the book’s 60th anniversary. The edition includes a foreword written by British motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, features hand bound beluga leather with hand stitched embroidery and are illustrated by Damian Gascoigne. There is also […]

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‘Solo’ sales figures disappoint

October 3rd, 2013 by

The publication of Solo last week managed to get plenty of press coverage, but figures released by trade publication The Bookseller show that the 8,692 copies of Solo sold in its first week were 48 percent down on the previous Bond novel, Jeffrey Deaver’s Carte Blanche (2011). However, that is still a personal best for William […]

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James Bond: The Ultimate Sportsman

October 2nd, 2013 by

“But now the club head was going back, coming down, the left knee bent correctly in towards the ball, the left arm straight as a ramrod. Crack! The ball sailed off, a beautiful drive, as good as Goldfinger had hit, straight down the fairway. Bond’s heart sang. Got you, you bastard! Got you! Blithely Bond […]

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