MI6 Confidential #46: 007 is dead

MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its forty-sixth issue.

In the 54 years since Ian Fleming’s passing, 10 men have had the chance to celebrate and chronicle the creator’s famous spy in original print adventures. Some, with varying success, have also tried to mimic his sharp prose. Of those 10, only one has had the privilege and challenge of integrating original and unused Fleming material. After doing so successfully in 2015, Anthony Horowitz was invited to reprise this role for Forever and a Day, released this May.

This issue we speak exclusively to Horowitz about the research, writing style and enormity of the task of integrating his timeline with Fleming’s. We also bid farewell to four-time Young Bond author, Steve Cole, learn about Bond and Fleming’s pursuit of golf, and meet an unlikely but admirable parallel to 007 in print, the detective and gourmand: Nero Wolfe.

In this issue

  • Existentialism and Double Zeros – Horowitz on handling 007 the second time
  • On the Links – Fleming, Bond and golf
  • An Unlikely Alliance – Rex Stout, his creation Nero Wolfe and the Fleming connection
  • Bond Girls Stripped – Part two of our analysis of 007’s female comic strip companions
  • A New Stage – Steve Cole reflects on his six years with Young Bond
  • Sun and Snow – Effects supervisor Brian Smithies and his contribution to The Living Daylights
  • Beyond Bond – The psychological spy thriller, Red Sparrow

If you like MI6 Confidential then you might want to subscribe to the entire 2018 season. Get all five of this year’s issues and pay the cover price for just four.

Check out details of the subscription here – or just order the current issue.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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