Kingsley Amis

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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New James Bond paperback editions from Vintage

October 2nd, 2015 by

Holding the world to ransom, planning to destroy Britain from the inside, and battling Bond to the death: discover the origins of SPECTRE in this omnibus edition of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice. Discover where SPECTRE began: these three Bond novels tell of the rise and fall of the criminal network, […]

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New edition of ‘Colonel Sun’ released next month

September 25th, 2015 by

A new paperback edition of Colonel Sun, the first James bond continuation novel, is to be released by Vintage Classics in October. According to The Book Bond it is the first time the novel has been in print since 1995 and therefore well overdue. The cover art matches the recent Fleming titles published by Vintage. It is […]

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Ian Fleming recycled: literary Bond moments in Skyfall

February 28th, 2013 by

In a previous article I discussed how the screenwriters for the James Bond series have, particularly in recent years, sometimes plundered Ian Fleming’s books for ideas that have been integrated into original stories.

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The James Bond Dossier by Kingsley Amis

January 31st, 2013 by

Kingsley Amis was a big fan of Ian Fleming’s 007 books and sat down in 1964 with the aim of writing a 5,000 word article about the Bond phenomenon, which at the time was based mainly around the books. The author soon found that his modest idea had morphed into something far larger because, as […]

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A look at ‘The Book of Bond’ by Kingsley Amis [Video]

January 18th, 2013 by

In this video we take a look at The Book of Bond, written by Kingsley Amis and published in 1965 under the pseudonym Lt-Col William Tanner.

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The Book Of Bond

January 24th, 2011 by

The Book of Bond was written by Kingsley Amis under the pseudonym of Lt-Col-William (“Bill”) Tanner, the name of the Chief of Staff in the British Secret Service and one of James Bond’s best friends. Firmly tongue-in-cheek it claims to be manual to become a 007, hence the subtitle “Every Man His Own 007” and is […]

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James Bond’s library

March 24th, 2010 by

In ‘The Book of Bond‘, Kingsley Amis (writing as Lt-Col Bill Tanner after the Chief-of-Staff in Fleming’s novels) describes Bond’s library saying that it should be modest and that more extensive collections go with “serious criminal tendencies”. While Amis believed that Bond’s library was limited to a handful of books there is no evidence that […]

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