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10 MAY 2012
ROLE OF HONOUR - NEW UK EDITION (PAPERBACK)

By: FSWL team
Published:
2011-11-07
Publication of a new paperback edition of Role Of Honour (1984), John Gardner's fourth original James Bond novel. The book is published by Orion Books in the UK.

Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.

"People notice things and word around Whitehall is that Commander Bond is living a shade dangerously - gambling, the new Bentley, er... ladies, money changing hands ...'

Following scandal and his shock resignation from Britain's Secret Intelligence Service James Bond becomes a gun for hire; able, and willing, to sell his lethal skills to the highest bidder. And SPECTRE, it seems, are eager to have the disgraced British super spy on their payroll.

But before he can be fully embraced by his new employer - and deadliest enemy - 007 must first prove his loyalty. And in doing so he must threaten with nuclear annihilation everything he has fought his whole life to defend. Until honour is fully restored."


Gardner's stunning reinvention of Bond secured critical acclaim and blockbusting sales around the world. Role of Honour, the fourth book in the series, kept 007 at No.1.

Book details:
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Orion Books
Language: English
Cover price: £7.99
ISBN-10: 1409135659
ISBN-13: 978-1409135654
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 129mm

About John Gardner:
After Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner was the next writer to be asked by Glidrose (now IFPL) to write further adventures of James Bond. He wrote, like Fleming, fourteen Bond books, plus novelisations of the films GoldenEye and Licence to Kill, from 1981 to 1996.

Before becoming an author of fiction in the early 1960s John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer, a journalist and, for a short time, a priest in the Church of England. 'Probably the biggest mistake I ever made,' he says. 'I confused the desire to please my father with a vocation which I soon found I did not have.'

In all, Gardner had fifty-five novels to his credit - many of them best-sellers (his Maestro was a New York Times Book of the Year). Sadly John Gardner died on Friday 3rd August 2007. John was a highly respected and admired member of the Bond family and he will be greatly missed.

The Orion Publishing group re-released Gardner's first five James Bond titles, Licence Renewed, For Special Services, Icebreaker, Nobody Lives Forever and Role of Honour in a glorious hardback edition, featuring their original cover art in the summer of 2011. All fourteen of the Gardner titles will be released during 2012 starting in February, with his two film tie-in books GoldenEye and Licence to Kill scheduled for publication in November and August respectively. All his Bond titles are also available in the States from Pegasus Books.

Other recent editions of John Gardner's original James Bond novels which have been featured on FSWL are listed here.

For more information about John Gardner and his non-Bond works, visit the official website.

All John Gardner's James Bond novels featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Licence Renewed (first published in 1981)
>For Special Services (1982)
>Icebreaker (1983)
>Role Of Honour (1984)
>Nobody lives forever (1986)
>No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987)
>Scorpius (1988)
>Win, Lose Or Die (1989)
>Brokenclaw (1990)
>Licence to Kill (1990)
>The Man From Barbarossa (1991)
>Death is Forever (1992)
>Never Send Flowers (1993)
>Seafire (1994)
>Cold (1996)
>GoldenEye (1996)

Cover below:
The new UK paperback edition of Role Of Honour. © 2012 Swordfish/Orion Books. All rights reserved.

Order the new paperback edition of John Gardner's Role Of Honour from Amazon UK:
www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1409135659/fromswedenwit-21/

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