Books

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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Anthony Horowitz talks Bond on BBC Radio

December 8th, 2016 by

Anthony Horowitz spoke to the BBC this week about his second James Bond continuation novel, due out in 2018. Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Horowitz said he’ll write the book in 2017 and that he “sort of” has a plot, but no title. He also revealed he came up with a “killer” first line that […]

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Red Nemesis cover artwork revealed

December 1st, 2016 by

The cover artwork for Steve Cole’s next Young Bond novel was yesterday revealed by Ian Fleming publications on Twitter. Red Nemesis will be released on 4th May 2017 in hardback, paperback and ebook formats. According to the blurb on Amazon.co.uk: James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the […]

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Birthday of John Gardner [1926]

November 20th, 2016 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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Casino Royale named among 5 most expensive first editions of 20th century

November 5th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming joins Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce as the five twentieth century authors whose first editions are most expensive. Casino Royale lies fourth in that list, after Joyce’s Ulysses ($460,500), Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby ($300,000), Tolkien’s The Hobbit ($210,500) and ahead of Hemingway’s In Our Time ($25,000). Remember though that […]

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Anthony Horowitz talks Bond on BBC Radio 2

October 7th, 2016 by

Anthony Horowitz, who has just been confirmed as writing a second James Bond continuation novel, appeared on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday. You can listen to the interview online until 3rd November by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. It starts 1:08:30 into the show, with the segment in […]

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