Books

Roger Moore’s The 007 Diaries to be republished next year

December 4th, 2017 by

Diary written during the filming of Live And Let Die to be reissued in 2018. Roger Moore agreed to keep a day-by-day diary throughout the production of his first James Bond film, Live and Let Die. Originally published just ahead of the premiere in July 1973, a new hardback edition of the book is to be published […]

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Birthday of John Gardner [1926]

November 20th, 2017 by

James Bond continuation John Gardner was born on 20th November 1926 in Northumberland. Starting in 1981 with Licence Renewed, Gardner wrote a total of 16 Bond novels and film novelizations before retiring from the role in 1996 due to ill health. Photo: John Gardner. Licensed under Fair use.

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Birthday of 007 continuation author Raymond Benson [1955]

September 6th, 2017 by

Raymond Benson, who first published the seminal James Bond Bedside Companion in 1984 and went on to write a series of continuation titles and novelizations, was born in Texas on 5th September 1955. Approached by Glidrose Productions (now Ian Fleming Publications) following the retirement of John Gardner, Benson became the fourth James Bond continuation author and the […]

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Last book by Roger Moore to be published in September

June 8th, 2017 by

In a new book due to be published in September the late, great Sir Roger Moore reflects on life and aging. Delivered, along with his own hand-drawn sketches, to his publisher mere days before he passed away, in À Bientôt, Roger looks back on his life – and gives it his trademark sideways glance, too. […]

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Birthday of ‘Carte Blanche’ author Jeffery Deaver [1950]

May 6th, 2017 by

Jeffery Deaver, who wrote James Bond continuation novel Carte Blanche, was born in Illinois on 6th May 1950. Photo: Jeffery Deaver by Antonio G Colombo. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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How much does James Bond earn?

April 21st, 2017 by

In chapter 1 of Moonraker James Bond is in his office ploughing through a mound of paperwork. Fleming tells us a little about Bond’s routine while in London between assignments. He also tells us his income: He earned £1500 a year, the salary of a Principal Officer in the Civil Service, and he had a […]

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Colonel Sun published [1968]

March 28th, 2017 by

Colonel Sun became the first James Bond continuation novel when it was published on 28th March 1968. The book was written by Kingsley Amis under the pseudonym Robert Markham.  Colonel Sun features the kidnapping of M, with much of the action takes place in the Greek islands. Although further novels by various authors were planned, […]

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Birthday of ‘Solo’ author William Boyd [1952]

March 7th, 2017 by

Author William Boyd, who wrote the James Bond continuation novel Solo (2013) was born in the Gold Coast, now part of the West African state of Ghana, on 7th March 1952. Many of his books are set in Africa, including a large part of Solo, and one of the characters in Any Human Heart (2002) is 007’s creator, Ian Fleming. […]

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Anniversary of ‘Silverfin’ publication in UK [2005]

March 3rd, 2017 by

Silverfin, Charlie Higson’s first book in the Young Bond series, was first published in the UK on 3rd March 2005. You can buy Silverfin from Amazon UK or Amazon.com

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Thunderball on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday

December 8th, 2016 by

On Saturday BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a radio production of Thunderball, staring Toby Stephens as James Bond. Directed by Martin Jarvis, who also appears as Ian Fleming, and produced by Rosalind Ayres, the radio play will also feature Tom Conti as Largo, Alfred Molina as Blofeld and Janet Montgomery as Domino. Thunderball was Ian Fleming’s ninth James Bond […]

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