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4 OCTOBER 2016
ANTHONY HOROWITZ TO WRITE NEW 007 NOVEL

This year's best and most interesting James Bond news to date: Anthony Horowitz is confirmed to write another official 007 novel. Read the full press release below.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (London, October 4, 2016)

Anthony Horowitz pens new Bond novel for Jonathan Cape
Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz is writing a new James Bond novel for "Ian Fleming’s original publisher", Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape.

Horowitz was invited to write a second official James Bond novel by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd after the success of his 2015 bestseller, Trigger Mortis, published by Orion in September last year.

The news Jonathan Cape will publish the new Bond book follows swiftly on the heels of news Horowitz is writing a new series of 'whodunnit’ crime novels for Century and Arrow.

As yet untitled, the setting will be "period Bond" and the story will again feature previously unpublished material by Fleming.

UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired for Cape by Richard Cable, m.d. of Vintage, and Michal Shavit, publishing director at Jonathan Cape, to publish in spring 2018. Rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate.

Cable said: "We are delighted to welcome Anthony Horowitz and a new James Bond novel to Jonathan Cape, Ian Fleming’s publisher. Anthony’s first Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, was a great critical and commercial success, and we know that there are thousands of Bond fans who will be thrilled that Anthony has taken on the challenge once again."

Horowitz said: "Writing Trigger Mortis was a pleasure and I was delighted by the positive response when it was published. And I was thrilled when the Ian Fleming estate asked me to come back. How could I refuse? I can't wait to return to the world of James Bond."

Horowitz is the fourth author in recent years to be invited by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to write an official Bond novel, following in the footsteps of William Boyd, whose Solo was published in 2013, the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

Horowitz has written over 40 books including the teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 19m copies worldwide and was adapted into the movie "Stormbreaker" in 2006. He is also a writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011, selling more than 35 countries around the world. He is also behind television series including "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War".

Corinne Turner, m.d. of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Anthony Horowitz is going to write a second James Bond novel with inspiration again from original Fleming material, and of course delighted that Bond will be back home at Jonathan Cape. Trigger Mortis was a superb book, full of energy, wit, twists and turns, and we can’t wait to see what Anthony comes up with next."

Horowitz last night (3rd October) launched Magpie Murders, a standalone crime novel inspired by Agatha Christie and the golden age of crime fiction, which publishes on Thursday (6th October). In the spirit of the night, attendees were asked to solve a riddle to find the venue, the 1901 Art Club, where an intimate gathering took place.

In addition to Trigger Mortis, Orion has also published a set of Sherlock Holmes novels by Horowitz, including The House of Silk.

About Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.:
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd owns and administers the literary copyright in Ian Fleming's fiction and non-fiction books. The company's aim is to promote and make available all of Ian Fleming's books worldwide. Ian Fleming Publications looks after the literary James Bond brand, keeping it alive through the publication of new stories based on the characters Ian created. Apart from the names mentioned above, also Raymond Benson, Charlie Higson, Samantha Weinberg and Steve Cole.

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6 JULY 2015
WARREN ELLIS WRITES 007 COMIC BOOK SERIES

Warren Ellis continues the literary 007 baton with a series of new James Bond comics to be published in 2016 by Dynamite.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (Mt. Laurel, NJ, USA, July 6, 2015)

WRITER WARREN ELLIS DEBUTS THE ALL-NEW JAMES BOND 007 COMIC BOOK SERIES WITH ARTIST JASON MASTERS

Dynamite proudly announces that fan-favorite author Warren Ellis will be writing the James Bond 007 ongoing comic book series, the first to appear in over two decades. James Bond 007 is scheduled for release in November 2015, featuring interior artwork by Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).

The news of the high-profile author's involvement with the James Bond 007 series follows Dynamite's announcement of their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (IFPL), the Fleming family company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming's published works, including his fourteen James Bond books. Under their agreement, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007. Launching their James Bond 007 line with a writer of exemplary skill and reputation has been a priority for Dynamite, and Warren Ellis' stewardship will guarantee a debut story with all the hallmarks of high-octane action and international intrigue that exemplify the franchise.

"Ian Fleming's James Bond is an icon, and it's a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books," says Warren Ellis.

The first six-issue story arc in the James Bond 007 comic book series will be entitled "VARGR." James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent... but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.

Great-nephew of Ian Fleming, Diggory Laycock says, "We were thrilled when Warren agreed to write the first story in this exciting new chapter of literary James Bond. Warren's style is gritty, dark, and unique, and we can't wait to see James Bond embroiled in an adventure of his creation."

"Warren Ellis is one of the most brilliant writers of the 21st century, not just in comics but across all media," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "When we approached him for the launch, we hoped he could make time in his very busy schedule, and we are fortunate and thankful that he was able to. We met with Warren and everyone at IFPL, and Warren's passion for the novels showed. He really is the perfect writer for Bond, and I can't express how excited we are that he is tackling the ongoing series. This will be James Bond unlike anything you've ever seen before, true to Ian Fleming's source material yet bursting all preconceptions of what a Bond story should be."

Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt says, "I've long been a fan of Warren, going back to his earliest works (for instance, Lazarus Churchyard when it was first published), and pairing his creative mind with the iconic James Bond will make it the most talked about and exciting comic of 2015."

"We have the extraordinary opportunity to create the very best James Bond stories that you've never read, and we have one of the most extraordinary contemporary adventure writers in the world to launch with," says Editor Mike Lake. "After more than 40 years in the business, this is the best project I've ever had a hand in, and am very proud to have helped bring it about."

"I've wanted to draw something Warren Ellis wrote since I first read his work on The Authority," says artist Jason Masters. "Each of his carefully composed pages is filled with wonderful ideas that make you wish you were smarter. More ingenious than Warren's writing might be Dynamite's decision to have him write James Bond. James Bond by Warren Ellis! I'd buy that sight unseen if I wasn't lucky enough to be the guy drawing it."

James Bond 007 will be solicited through Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of James Bond 007 with their local comic book retailers. James Bond 007 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Fans and retailers are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.'s official social media channels for the latest updates regarding creative teams and release dates.

About Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.:
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd owns and administers the literary copyright in Ian Fleming's fiction and non-fiction books. The company's aim is to promote and make available all of Ian Fleming's books worldwide. Ian Fleming Publications looks after the literary James Bond brand, keeping it alive through the publication of new stories based on the characters Ian created by authors such as Anthony Horowitz, William Boyd, Jeffery Deaver, Sebastian Faulks, Charlie Higson and Samantha Weinberg.

All characters, names, logos, etc. are ™ and © their respective owners.

Editor's note:
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7 OCTOBER 2014
THE COMIC JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN 2015

Dynamite Entertainment to bring James Bond 007 to comics, graphic novels, and digital comics in 2015. Between 2004 and 2010, Titan Books published 17 graphic novels featuring James Bond.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (October 7, 2014)

PLANS TO BRING BRITISH ICON JAMES BOND 007 TO COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND DIGITAL COMICS IN 2015

Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of English language comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, (IFPL) the company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming’s published works, including his fourteen James Bond books.

Under their agreement, negotiated by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics and graphic novels starring 007, Fleming’s iconic secret agent will re-live the exploits that have thrilled and captivated fans for over half a century in fresh visual adaptations of the classic Bond stories.

Moreover, Dynamite plans to create a series of brand new adventures unveiling the defining – and largely undocumented – early years of Bond’s career. These new stories will draw inspiration from the Fleming canon to explore Bond’s ‘origins’: his raw early years before he gambled with his life in the first novel, Casino Royale (1953). Some other familiar faces from the expansive 007 mythos will also make appearances in this series - criminal masterminds, hired henchmen, glamorous Bond Girls and secret service allies – alongside all-new characters.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications said: “It’s over sixty years since the publication of Casino Royale, and now more than ever it’s an exciting time to be a Bond fan. We’re thrilled that 007 will be revisiting the world of comics, as Fleming’s novels have a long and successful history in this medium, ever since they began to be published as newspaper comic strips in the late fifties. Dynamite are the perfect partners to take on the challenge of continuing this legacy, and we are very much looking forward to working with them.”

“In the journey of discovering new readers for Ian Fleming’s classic Bond stories, we are delighted to be partnering with Dynamite in exploring different ways to broaden the audience. Visually and literally, James Bond will have a new face.” states Jonny Geller, Joint CEO Curtis Brown.

“Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one the best-known characters in the world, yet we know very little of his background and beginnings. The Bond villains are some of the most memorable figures in Popular culture…where did they come from? And in some cases, where did they go?" states Editor Mike Lake.

"James Bond is one of the greatest cultural icons in the world. His author and creator, Ian Fleming, was not only in touch with popular culture in his time, but also saw ahead of his time, and his written work will outlive us all," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "The character, the structure, and the source material is so incredibly strong. The original prose storytelling serves as the basis for one of the most successful film franchises ever, a franchise that reinvents itself to be in tune with each generation. By doing so, it allows the character to be an ever-progressive pop culture phenomenon, one that energizes existing fans and engages new fans, thus helping to ensure that Bond's relevance and importance will live on forever. The high-octane action, the charm, the unquestionable allure of this man of action - it all stems from Ian Fleming. We are excited to build upon Fleming's source material with new canonical stories, and are honored at Dynamite to be a small part of his legacy, to be able to bring new stories to fans around the world."

Ian Fleming’s World War II service as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in London granted him a wealth of experience in the world of espionage, on which he drew when writing his novels. Fleming published fourteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enormous success in print and on film. His cultural legacy has thrived for over fifty years, as millions of readers worldwide continue to discover and enjoy his work.

Dynamite plans to launch its first James Bond comic books in 2015, soliciting periodical issues in Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Digital and print editions will be available simultaneously through such platforms as Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Original graphic novels and collections will be released through the comic book specialty market, digital platforms, and numerous book market channels including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more.

About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja,Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, Bob’s Burgers, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

About Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd owns and administers the literary copyright in Ian Fleming’s fiction and non-fiction books. The company’s aim is to promote and make available all of Ian Fleming’s books worldwide. Ian Fleming Publications looks after the literary James Bond brand, keeping it alive through the publication of new stories based on the characters Ian created by authors such as Anthony Horowitz, William Boyd, Jeffery Deaver, Sebastian Faulks, Charlie Higson and Samantha Weinberg.

All characters, names, logos, etc. are ™ and © their respective owners.

Photo above:
Official logo for Ian Fleming Publications. Copyright © 2014 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.

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1 OCTOBER 2014
ANTHONY HOROWITZ PENS NEW JAMES BOND NOVEL

Anthony Horowitz takes over the literary Bond baton after William Boyd. Horowitz' James Bond novel, currently dubbed Project One, will be published on September 8, 2015, by Orion in the UK and HarperCollins in USA & Canada.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (London, October 1, 2014)

ANTHONY HOROWITZ TO PEN NEW JAMES BOND NOVEL INSPIRED BY ORIGINAL UNSEEN FLEMING MATERIAL

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, The Ian Fleming Estate, the Orion Publishing Group, and HarperCollins US and Canada are delighted to announce that international bestselling and award-winning writer Anthony Horowitz is at work on an official new James Bond novel. Currently dubbed Project One, the novel is due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.

The new book by Horowitz – a lifelong fan of Ian Fleming – will be set in the 1950s and will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Fleming to which Horowitz has had exclusive access.

Jessie Grimond, great-niece of Ian Fleming, said: “In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series. But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights. However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.”

The treatment chosen by Horowitz, which will serve as a starting point for his novel, is entitled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission into the world of motor racing. Familiar characters in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.

One of the country’s most prolific and successful writers, Horowitz has over 40 books to his name. His recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, sold in more than 35 countries, whilst his bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murdersand the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War.

Horowitz said: "It's no secret that Ian Fleming's extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It's a huge challenge – more difficult even than Sherlock Holmes in some ways – but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write."

Lucy Fleming, niece of Ian Fleming, said: “We are thrilled that Anthony has taken on the Bond mantle, and can’t wait to read his novel. Anthony is a brilliant writer, as his millions of fans around the world demonstrate. He has an exceptional skill for writing spy thrillers in particular, and it is this coupled with the original Fleming material and his knowledge of and enthusiasm for Bond, which makes for a really exciting proposition.”

Malcolm Edwards, Deputy CEO and Group Publisher, Orion Publishing Group, said: “James Bond and Anthony Horowitz is a match made in publishing heaven. Anthony is a writer of exceptional skill and I have no doubt he will deliver a book that will resonate and delight Bond fans around the globe. For our part, we will publish the book in a way that celebrates the legacy of literary Bond and mount a campaign that will make publication day one of the biggest publishing events of 2015.”

Jonathan Burnham, Senior Vice President and Publisher, HarperCollins US, said: “HarperCollins is thrilled to be publishing the new James Bond novel in the United States and Canada. Anthony Horowitz is an author of exceptional skill and range – his Sherlock Holmes novel, House of Silk, displayed his amazing ability to reanimate fictional characters to create a new and powerful narrative. The combination of this talent, his inventiveness and brilliance as a novelist, and his access to hitherto unpublished Fleming material, makes this a uniquely exciting event for all James Bond fans.”

The book will be published by Orion Publishing Group in the UK, and by HarperCollins in the United States. The book rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate. International rights will be offered at the forthcoming Frankfurt Book Fair on October 6.

Further announcements about the project will follow in 2015.

About Anthony Horowitz:
Anthony Horowitz is one of UK's most successful writers, working across many media forms, including books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.

His most recent novel, The House of Silk was a Sunday TimesTop 10 bestseller and will be followed up by his new Sherlock Holmes novel Moriarty, publishing on 23rd October 2014 in the UK and on 9th December 2014 in the US.

As well as his bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, the first of which was adapted into the 2006 feature film Stormbreaker, his other work for children includes the series The Power of Five and The Diamond Brothers. Further screenwriting credits include Poirot and the widely acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice.

Horowitz has recently joined the board of the Old Vic and regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature. He lives in London.

About the Bond Books:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold worldwide (and over half the world’s population has seen a Bond film!)

• Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953), Live and Let Die (1954), Moonraker (1955), Diamonds Are Forever (1956), From Russia with Love (1957), Dr. No (1958), Goldfinger (1959), For Your Eyes Only (1960), Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), You Only Live Twice (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1965), and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming’s other works include the children’s favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• Vintage Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House, currently holds the license to publish Ian Fleming’s entire James Bond backlist in print and ebook format, along with Fleming’s two non-fiction titles in the English language worldwide excluding USA/Canada.

• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver and William Boyd.

• Steve Cole is the author of the new series of ‘Young Bond’ books, the first of which, Shoot to Kill, will be published by Doubleday on 6th November 2014.

Photo above:
Official photograph of Anthony Horowitz. Copyright © 2014 Mark Rusher. All rights reserved.

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15 APRIL 2013
SOLO : A JAMES BOND NOVEL BY WILLIAM BOYD

BREAKING NEWS: William Boyd's James Bond continuation novel is titled Solo and will be published on September 26, 2013.

1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond returns.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

William Boyd, whose James Bond continuation novel is set to be one of this year’s publishing highlights, has today announced that his book will be called Solo.

The announcement came on the opening day of The London Book Fair, where Boyd is Author of the Day.

He explained his choice of title:

‘Sometimes less is more. For me as a novelist the simple beauty of Solo as the title of the next James Bond novel is that this short four-letter word is particularly and strikingly apt for the novel I have written. In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization - and he’s fully prepared to take the consequences of his audacity.

‘The journey Bond goes on takes in three continents – with the main focus honing in on Africa. It’s what happens to Bond in Africa that generates his urge to “go solo” and take matters into his own hands in the USA.

‘Thus far and no further, at this stage…’

He continues: ‘Titles are very important to me and as soon as I wrote down Solo on a sheet of paper I saw its potential. Not only did it fit the theme of the novel perfectly, it’s also a great punchy word, instantly and internationally comprehensible, graphically alluring and, as an extra bonus, it’s strangely Bondian in the sense that we might be subliminally aware of the “00” of “007” lurking just behind those juxtaposed O’s of SOLO…’

Very little else has been revealed about the book at this stage, other than that it will feature a veteran secret agent, with Bond aged 45. It will be published on 26 September in the UK by Fleming’s original publisher, Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, part of The Random House Group, in hardback, ebook and audio editions. HarperCollins will publish the book in Canada and the U.S. on 8 October.

Quote from Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd:

‘Ian Fleming had a great aptitude for naming his books and his Bond titles have become true classics. Solo is a simple yet striking title which fits perfectly alongside the other books in the Bond canon. The announcement of the title marks the lead up to the launch of William Boyd’s novel in September, which we and the Fleming family are looking forward to immensely.’

Quote from Richard Cable, Managing Director, Vintage:

‘We are delighted to be announcing Solo as the title for the new James Bond novel on the day on which William Boyd is celebrated as Author of the Day at London Book Fair. The few of us with the good fortune to have read Solo can testify that Will has written an absolutely brilliant book and we look forward with mounting excitement to a huge worldwide publishing event on September 26th. The timing of the announcement is particularly apt as we mark the 60th anniversary of Jonathan Cape’s first publication of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.’

The 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was on 13 April.

• The new James Bond book by William Boyd will be published in hardback, ebook and audio editions on 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, in the UK and Commonwealth, and by HarperCollins in the US and Canada

• William Boyd’s books are published in the UK by Bloomsbury; in the US by HarperCollins

• Vintage Publishing, a division of Random House, relaunched Ian Fleming’s entire James Bond backlist in print and ebook format in the UK in September 2012. Richard Cable, Managing Director, Vintage Publishing, is available for interview through Four Colman Getty about this and William Boyd’s new Bond novel www.vintage-books.co.uk

• 2013 is a significant year for Bond, marking 60 years since Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published by Cape in 1953

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family-owned company that owns the copyright in the Bond books.

• For further information about William Boyd, visit: www.williamboyd.co.uk

About the Bond Books:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world’s population has seen a Bond film!)

• Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953), Live and Let Die (1954), Moonraker (1955), Diamonds Are Forever (1956), From Russia with Love (1957), Dr. No (1958), Goldfinger (1959), For Your Eyes Only (1960), Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), You Only Live Twice (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1965), and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming’s other works include the children’s favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• The Ian Fleming centenary was celebrated on 28th May 2008 with the publication of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

Charlie Higson is the author of The Young Bond books which are published by Puffin in the UK

• Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of The Moneypenny Diaries published by John Murray in the UK

• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Jeffery Deaver

Photo above:
William Boyd announced "Solo" as the name of new James Bond novel at London Book Fair on April 15, 2013. From left to right: Corinne Turner (MD, IFPL), Richard Cable (MD, Vintage Publishing), William Boyd (James Bond Author), Gail Rebuck (CEO Random House Group), Simon Littlewood (Intl. Director, Random House Group) Photo by Luke Sprague. © Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.

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18 FEBRUARY 2013
JAMES BOND: THE NEW MISSION ANNOUNCED

Publication date of William Boyd’s Bond book announced. James Bond: The New Mission will be published on September 26, 2013.

1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond returns.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

"The new James Bond continuation novel by international bestseller William Boyd will be published on Thursday 26 September 2013, it is announced today. The book, as yet untitled, is one of the most eagerly anticipated publications of the year and will be published in the UK by Jonathan Cape – Ian Fleming's original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing.

The build-up begins with the launch of a website – www.jamesbondthenewmission.co.uk – dedicated to the new book, where fans can register to hear the latest news about the book as it’s released. The publication date is revealed on the same day that Skyfall is released on DVD in the UK.

The name and plot of the book remain a closely guarded secret, but it is confirmed that the story will take place in 1969, featuring a slightly older 007 at the age of 45. Boyd’s book will make a return to ‘classic Bond’, as Sebastian Faulks did with Devil May Care in 2008.

The new book will be published at the same time internationally, with HarperCollins publishing in Canada and the U.S.

2013 is an exciting year for Bond publishing, as 13 April marks the 60th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale. To celebrate, Random House will be releasing new editions of Fleming’s non-fiction books Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers in the UK on this date."

• William Boyd’s books are published in the UK by Bloomsbury and in the US by HarperCollins.

Vintage Publishing, a division of Random House, relaunched Ian Fleming’s entire James Bond backlist in print and ebook format in the UK in September 2012.

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family-owned company that owns the copyright in the Bond books.

• For further information about William Boyd, visit: www.williamboyd.co.uk

About the Bond Books:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world’s population has seen a Bond film!)

• Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953), Live and Let Die (1954), Moonraker (1955), Diamonds Are Forever (1956), From Russia with Love (1957), Dr. No (1958), Goldfinger (1959), For Your Eyes Only (1960), Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), You Only Live Twice (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1965), and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming’s other works include the children’s favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• The Ian Fleming centenary was celebrated on 28th May 2008 with the publication of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

Charlie Higson is the author of The Young Bond books which are published by Puffin in the UK

• Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of The Moneypenny Diaries published by John Murray in the UK

• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Jeffery Deaver

Other literary James Bond news featured From Sweden With Love:
>Vote for Young Bond 3 title (October-2006)
>Voting process for Young Bond 3 title ended (November-2006)
>Sebastian Faulks: New James Bond continuation author (July-2007)
>James Bond theme tune search (February-2008)
>The Diamond Smugglers re-issued (July-2009)
>Thrilling Cities re-issued (July-2009)
>New James Bond novel: Project X (May-2010)
>James Bond novels launch as eBooks in the UK (November-2010)
>Project X is Carte Blanche (Jan-2011)
>John Gardner's James Bond novels to be reprinted (March-2011)
>Carte Blanche: International publishers (May-2011)
>Carte Blanche: UK Publication events (May-2011)
>John Gardner's James Bond titles re-issued (June-2011)
>Ian Fleming Publications appoints Curtis Brown (June-2011)
>Ian Fleming bibliography announced (February-2012)
>James Bond returns home (March-2012)
>Amazon Publishing to publish James Bond backlist in North America (April-2012)

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27 JUNE 2012
VINTAGE JAMES BOND BOOK COVERS REVEALED

Vintage Publishing has revealed the new paperback covers for Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, due for publication on August 2, 2012.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
THERE IS ONLY ONE BOND

‘Everyone thinks they know James Bond… Readers of every stripe have good reason to return to the source from which this extraordinary cultural phenomenon sprang: the books of Ian Fleming.' -Sam Bourne

Having recently unveiled the iconic Vintage Classics covers, we are now delighted to share with you the first seven covers in the contemporary Vintage paperback series, which will be published on 2 August 2012. The books are available to pre-order through all good bookshops.

As well as reflecting the rich literary history and heritage of the James Bond character, the new Vintage covers tap into the deeper and more human side of our hero, including his isolation and vulnerability. They aim to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming’s work and engage people who ‘know’ Bond primarily through the film franchise.

‘While both cover approaches appeal universally, the iconic “retro” illustrative approach to the Vintage Classic editions reinforces the books as classic spy thrillers and captures the style and panache of the late fifties and early sixties, particularly for readers who enjoy classics and those wanting to discover and rediscover Ian Fleming’s brilliant creation.

By depicting a lone man in the standard Vintage editions our photographic approach appeals to the reader of modern contemporary thrillers and emphasises that not only is there more to Bond than the character in the films, but also that Bond is the original action hero from which so many modern heroes derive. He is the original and best!’
-Tom Drake-Lee, Vintage Publishing Sales Director and Bond Brand Manager

The new Vintage Publishing editions presented on From Sweden With Love:
>Casino Royale (August 2, 2012)
>Moonraker (August 2, 2012)
>From Russia with Love (August 2, 2012)
>Doctor No (August 2, 2012)
>For Your Eyes Only (August 2, 2012)
>Thunderball (August 2, 2012)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (August 2, 2012)

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

Image below:
The paperback cover for the new Casino Royale edition. © 2012 Vintage Publishing.

For the latest James Bond literary news, go to IFP's official website:
www.ianfleming.com
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14 JUNE 2012
NEW IAN FLEMING AUDIO BOOKS ANNOUNCED

For Your Ears Only: Bond is back with an all-star cast from the cream of British acting talent.

Thursday 6th September 2012 will mark a hugely significant event for James Bond fans everywhere: the launch of Ian Fleming’s classic Bond novels, read by a stellar selection of brilliant readers!

So who’s involved? Well, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is read by the remarkable David Tennant, while Bill Nighy brings his unique talents to Moonraker. Rosamund Pike delivers an intriguing take on The Spy Who Loved Me. Whilst Hugh Bonneville gives a dynamic reading of the ever-popular Goldfinger and Dan Stevens reads the classic Casino Royale.

Three years in the making, the project has seen distinguished director Enyd Williams and Lucy Fleming for Ian Fleming Publications, working closely with twelve British acting icons to create an exciting, modern ‘007 reloaded’ take on the new, unabridged recordings of these remarkable books.

All of the new audio books and who is reading them:
• Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens
Live and Let Die read by Rory Kinnear
• Moonraker read by Bill Nighy
Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis
From Russia with Love read by Toby Stephens
Dr. No read by Hugh Quarshie
• Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville
Thunderball read by Jason Isaacs
• The Spy Who Loved Me read by Rosamund Pike
• On Her Majesty's Secret Service read by David Tennant
You Only Live Twice read by Martin Jarvis
The Man with the Golden Gun read by Kenneth Branagh

Each of the fantastic Bond titles will be available to pre-order on 1st August, and download or purchase on CD from 6th September 2012.

For the current line of available Ian Fleming audio books, go to AudioGO's official website:
www.audiogo.com/uk/catalogsearch/result/?cat=&q=ian+fleming
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12 APRIL 2012
WILLIAM BOYD TO WRITE NEW JAMES BOND NOVEL

William Boyd takes Bond back to the Sixties with all the style and flair of Ian Fleming. Boyd's James Bond novel will be published in 2013 which is a significant year for Bond as it is the 60th anniversary of Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale (1953). As FSWL reported in March, James Bond returns home, and the new novel will be published by Vintage Publishing (UK) and HarperCollins Publishers (USA & Canada).

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:


William Boyd, the award-winning and bestselling author of Restless and Any Human Heart, is to write the next James Bond novel.

The novel, which is yet to be titled, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth in autumn 2013 by Jonathan Cape – Ian Fleming’s original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing – and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada. Rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

William Boyd is the third author in recent years to be invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write an official Bond novel, following in the footsteps of the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

Boyd is a writer of international acclaim whose 11 novels and short-story collections have been translated into over 30 languages with many of them adapted for film and television. While the details and title of the next 007 adventure naturally remain secret, the author has revealed that next year’s publication will mark a return to ‘classic Bond’ and will be set in the late 1960s.

Boyd comments: ‘When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I accepted at once. For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating – a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. In fact my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then – From Russia with Love being my favourite.’

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, comments:

‘William Boyd is a contemporary English writer whose classic novels combine literary elements with a broad appeal. His thrillers occupy the niche that Ian Fleming would fill were he writing today and with similar style and flair. This alongside his fascination with Fleming himself makes him the perfect choice to take Bond back to his 1960s world."

As well as the publication of the new novel, 2013 is a significant year for Bond, marking 60 years since Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published by Cape in 1953. Cape was also the publisher of the first ever official Bond novel following Fleming’s death in 1964, when Kingsley Amis took up the mantle writing Colonel Sun as Robert Markham in 1968.

Dan Franklin, Publisher, Jonathan Cape comments:

‘It is fantastic that Bond is returning to Cape, his birthplace, and even more so that he will do so in the hands of William Boyd. I can’t think of anyone better qualified.

In more ways than one, William Boyd really is the perfect author to write the next chapter in the life of James Bond,’ adds Tim Duggan, VP and Executive Editor of HarperCollins Publishers. ‘His sophisticated storytelling, his knowledge of history and espionage, and his sheer inventiveness will all come together to make this novel as grippingly suspenseful as anything I’ve ever read."

Jonny Geller, Managing Director of literary agency Curtis Brown observes:

"This is a dream come true – a fantasy literary combination. Bringing together this country’s most beloved literary character with one of our finest contemporary writers will produce a classic James Bond novel, true to the spirit of Ian Fleming."

Iris Tupholme, Vice President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, HarperCollins Canada remarks:

"William Boyd, whose mastery of plot and character has won him readers all over the world, is the right person to take the beloved James Bond in a new, fresh direction. We are delighted to be publishing the new Bond novel in Canada."

Boyd’s most recent novel, Waiting for Sunrise, is published by Bloomsbury in the UK and HarperCollins Publishers in the US on 17 April.

Full statement from William Boyd:
"When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I didn’t hesitate. I accepted at once – for me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating – a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

In fact my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then – From Russia with Love (1957) being my favourite.

I then became very intrigued by Ian Fleming the man and have written about him on numerous occasions. The fascination went so far that I placed him as a character in my novel Any Human Heart where he’s responsible for recruiting the novel’s protagonist, Logan Mountstuart, into the Naval Intelligence Division in World War II.

One other coincidence should be mentioned. It turns out that I’ve worked with three of the actors who have played James Bond over the years. They’ve all starred in films that I’ve written: Sean Connery in A Good Man in Africa, Pierce Brosnan in Mr Johnson and Daniel Craig in The Trench. The idea that these somewhat random connections with Fleming and Bond should culminate in my writing a new James Bond novel is irresistibly appealing. The only thing I’m prepared to say at this stage about the novel that I will write is that it will be set in 1969."

About William Boyd:
Born in Accra Ghana in 1952, William Boyd was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice, Glasgow and Jesus College, Oxford. His novels and short stories have garnered many awards, including the Whitbread, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Jean Monnet and the Costa Novel of the Year. William Boyd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from the Universities of St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Dundee and was awarded the CBE in 2005.

As a screenwriter Boyd has written a number of feature films and television productions including adaptations of his own novels - Stars and Bars (1987), A Good Man in Africa (1993); Armadillo (2001) and Any Human Heart – a four-part drama for Channel 4 in 2010 – which garnered much critical acclaim.

He is married and divides his time between London and the south-west of France.

Bibliography:
A Good Man in Africa, 1981; On the Yankee Station and Other Stories, 1981; An Ice-Cream War, 1982; Stars and Bars, 1984; School Ties, 1985; The New Confessions, 1987; Brazzaville Beach, 1990; The Blue Afternoon, 1993; The Destiny of Natalie 'X' and Other Stories, 1995; Armadillo, 1998; Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960, 1998; Any Human Heart, 2002; Fascination (collection of short stories) 2004; Bamboo, 2005 (non-fiction); Restless, 2006; The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth (short story) Notes from the Underground, 2007; Ordinary Thunderstorms, 2009; Waiting for Sunrise, 2012.

Photo above:
International portrait of William Boyd © 2012 Trevor Leighton. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website of Ian Fleming Publications for the latest literary Bond news:
www.ianfleming.com
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16 MARCH 2012
JAMES BOND NOVELS RETURNS HOME

On March 16, 2012, British publisher Vintage Books announced they will publish all of Ian Fleming's 14 original James Bond novels in the summer of 2012. This is great news for lovers and collectors of Fleming's work!

Here is the full press release:

VINTAGE PUBLISHING ACQUIRES BOND BACKLIST:
Vintage Books has acquired the ten year license to publish Ian Fleming’s fourteen James Bond books
• Vintage to publish backlist in eBook format

The Random House Group and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd today announce that Vintage Publishing, a division of Random House, has acquired through Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown the ten-year licence for Ian Fleming’s entire James Bond backlist in print and eBook format, along with Fleming’s two non-fiction titles.

Vintage Books is the sister imprint of Jonathan Cape, who were the original publishers of Ian Fleming’s Bond fiction and published Casino Royale, the first in the series of fourteen Bond books in 1953. The novels have now gone on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide and have been the inspiration behind the world’s longest-running film franchise. Jonathan Cape was also the publisher of the first ever official Bond novel written following Fleming’s death in 1964. Kingsley Amis took up the mantle in 1968 writing Colonel Sun as Robert Markham. Bond novels have since been written by John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd comments:

"We are delighted to be reuniting James Bond with his original publisher. This new deal, incorporating both print and eBook formats, represents a significant step-change for Ian Fleming and his work."

Richard Cable, Managing Director, Vintage Publishing, acquired exclusive rights to the Bond novels in the English language worldwide exc USA/Canada. Cable commented:

"Bond, James Bond. Ian Fleming’s famous Secret Service agent 007 remains one of the most iconic of all literary creations, and continues to thrill new and existing readers alike. We are excited to welcome Ian Fleming’s books to the Vintage list for the first time and to reunite him with Jonathan Cape, the original publisher of his work. We are hugely looking forward to working with IFPL to relaunch the list in 2012, a year which marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr No, and sees a new 007 adventure hit the big screen."

Vintage Publishing Sales Director Tom Drake-Lee, a lifelong fan of the Bond novels, will head up the publishing team across all publications as Ian Fleming Brand Manager. Two series styles will be created for the fourteen books: one under the Vintage paperback imprint and one in Vintage Classics. This is the first time that an author’s entire fiction backlist has been published under both imprints. The publishing programme will be underpinned by consumer insight to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming’s work and engage people who have recently discovered the Bond brand through the films and computer games.

Jonny Geller, Managing Director, Curtis Brown comments:

"2012 is the year of Bond - a new movie and a new home for Ian Fleming’s backlist. James Bond never sleeps and we promise an exciting programme of innovative publishing ventures aimed at the next generation of readers for Ian Fleming’s greatest creation."

Random House will take over from Penguin as publishers of the James Bond novels in April and will publish the Bond backlist in eBook and print format in summer 2012.

Photo above:
Ian Fleming at his Jamaican home Goldeneye (March 1962). Photo by Hilton Archive © Getty Images. All rights reserved.

Visit Random House's official website for the latest information:
www.randomhouse.co.uk
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18 FEBRUARY 2012
IAN FLEMING: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY BY JON GILBERT

Following last week's announcement, FSWL is proud to be the first one to reveal more exciting news on Ian Fleming: The Bibliography by Jon Gilbert to be published by Queen Anne Press in October 2012.

Summary:
A comprehensive description of Ian Fleming’s literary oeuvre that ranges from the first draft of Casino Royale in 1952 to editions still being published sixty years later. Unparalleled in scope and scholarship, this is a critical reference book for fans of one of the twentieth century’s greatest thriller writers.

Description:
Ian Fleming was a journalist, publisher, travel writer, motor enthusiast, card player, accomplished golfer and noted bibliophile, but above all he was the creator of secret agent James Bond 007, an icon of popular culture.

Much has been written about Fleming and his legendary creation, but until now there has been no serious bibliographical account of his published work. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography is not only an indispensable source of information for collectors, enthusiasts, libraries and booksellers alike, but an entertaining and informative volume that will appeal to anyone interested in the James Bond phenomenon. It covers every aspect of Fleming's writing, from the manuscript stage, through typescripts, uncorrected proofs, advance and review copies, first and subsequent impressions, paperback printings, omnibus and collected editions, as well as periodical appearances, comic strip adaptations, young reader and large print editions published in Britain and America. There are sections covering Fleming’s more obscure literary endeavours, as well as his published reviews and interviews. Each main entry includes an engaging narrative on the conception, editorial process and marketing of the novel, complemented by a full list of source books. Biographies of Fleming's closest confidants are provided, and a detailed chronology of the author's life completes this bibliographical masterpiece.

The work has been compiled with the approval of Ian Fleming’s literary estate and the assistance of The Ian Fleming Foundation.

About the author:
Jon Gilbert is perhaps the foremost expert on the works of Ian Fleming and the literary history of James Bond. Through Adrian Harrington Ltd, he has become an internationally renowned dealer in rare Fleming material. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography is the result of both a career immersed in the writings of Ian Fleming, and three years intensive research following Fleming’s centenary year in 2008.

About the book:
Format: Hardback, 700 pages with over 1000 illustrations (many in colour)
Binding and price: Standard Edition £150 - Deluxe Edition £250 (prices to be confirmed)
Publisher: Queen Anne Press
ISBN: to be announced

Visit the official Facebook page for the latest information on Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.

Editor's note:
Adrian Harrington are acting as distributor for the book, and orders can be placed through them (rare@harringtonbooks.co.uk) or Queen Anne Press (info@queenannepress.com).

Image below:
The book cover is not yet revealed; meanwhile, enjoy our blurb of various James Bond novels © 2012 From Sweden With Love.

Order Ian Fleming: The Bibliography by Jon Gilbert from Amazon UK:
www.queenannepress.com
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24 JUNE 2011
IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS AND CURTIS BROWN

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS LTD APPOINTS CURTIS BROWN AS NEW AGENTS FOR BOND

LONDON, UK – JUNE 24, 2011:
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd has appointed Jonny Geller and Curtis Brown to represent the Ian Fleming James Bond novels and future James Bond literary works, worldwide.

Following the great success of Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver, Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks and the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson, Ian Fleming Publications looks forward to providing further enjoyment for the millions of James Bond fans, both young and old, and for future generations.

Corinne Turner, MD of IFPL, said:

“In these changing times, it is important that there is a co-ordinated representation of the Ian Fleming Bond novels and our new 007 projects worldwide, and we are very excited by the prospect of working with a literary agency that combines over one hundred years of experience with such a bright, enthusiastic and forward-thinking team.”

Jonny Geller, MD of Curtis Brown books division, said:

“This is a huge honour for our agency. Ian Fleming is quite simply one of the world’s most successful and well –managed literary estates. The aim for us is clear: to marshall all of Curtis Brown’s resources to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming’s work. By using the specialist skills of different agents within Curtis Brown we intend to build on the wonderful work that the Fleming company has already achieved.”

Curtis Brown will also look after the James Bond novels written by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson as well as translation rights in the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson.

More information about the work and life of Ian Fleming on the official website:
www.ianfleming.com
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23 JUNE 2011
JOHN GARDNER'S FIRST THREE BOND NOVELS REPUBLISHED

Today, June 23, 2011, the first three John Gardner 007 novels are republished in the UK.

Swordfish, the new imprint of Orion Publishing Group, have released new editions of John Gardner's first three classic James Bond continuation novels in the UK today.

Featuring the original cover art, the first three titles - Licence Renewed, For Special Services and Icebreaker - are published in a distinctive new livery today (hardback, £16.99 each/eBooks at £8.99 each).

All fourteen of John Gardner's James Bond books will be republished by Orion in the UK
(The first five titles in hardback, featuring their original covers. The rest will be released in paperback in 2012, as a stunning, redesigned collection.)

For the US market, Pegasus Books will publish the first three John Gardner titles in newly-designed paperback in October, 2011 which will feature introductions from luminaries in the literary world of Bond; Licence Renewed (introduction by James Bond continuation author Raymond Benson), For Special Services (introduction by Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York) and Icebreaker (introduction by John's son, Simon Gardner).

The first three US editions of John Gardner's Bond novels will be followed by a complete re-issue of all 14 titles in the US.

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)

Visit the official website for John Gardner for the latest information about his Bond books:
www.john-gardner.com/content/orion-publishing-group-celebrates-30th-anniversary-john-gardners-james-bond-titles
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10 JUNE 2011
JOHN GARDNER'S JAMES BOND TITLES RE-ISSUED

Just confirmed, John Gardner's James Bond titles will be re-printed and published by Swordfish starting with the first three novels this month.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Orion Publishing Group celebrates 30th anniversary of John Gardner’s James Bond titles.

Swordfish, the new imprint from The Orion Publishing Group, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of John Gardner’s first James Bond novel with the publication of his first five Bond titles in a highly collectable hardback edition. Featuring the original cover art, the first three titles - Licence Renewed, For Special Services and Icebreaker - will all be published in a distinctive new livery on 23 June 2011 (hardback, £16.99 each/eBook at £8.99). Role of Honour and Nobody Lives For Ever will follow suit on 7 July 2011 (hardback, £16.99 each/eBook at £8.99). All of John Gardner’s Bond novels will be released in paperback in 2012.

John Gardner served with the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Marines before embarking on a long career as a thriller writer, and in 1981, almost 20 years after Ian Fleming’s death, he was asked to revive Agent 007. Between then and 1996 Gardner wrote fourteen Bond novels and the novelisations of two Bond films. In Gardner’s novels, James Bond and his traditional Fleming allies continue their adventures in the 1980s, with all the latest technology and weaponry.

Rowland White, Non-fiction Publishing Director and Publisher of Swordfish, says:

“As I grew up in the 1980s, John Gardner’s Bond was, to a large extent, my Bond. I missed out on the chance to anticipate the publication of a new Bond from Ian Fleming. Instead I looked forward to my next fix of 007 from the hand of John Gardner. It’s a huge pleasure and privilege to now have the opportunity to publish new editions of these classic thrillers on the Swordfish list.”

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd said:

“We are delighted that the 30th anniversary of the first Gardner Bond novel is being celebrated with such a lovely edition. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to one of our longest serving and most dedicated Bond authors.”

Simon Gardner, the author's son, said:

"My father, John Edmund Gardner, was extremely proud to have been asked to take on the role of Bond continuation novelist, and if he were alive today he would be overjoyed to see his Bond novels back in print for a new generation of fans to enjoy. On behalf of the family, I would like to say how pleased we all are that The Orion Publishing Group are re-printing these first five novels, complete with their original jackets. It is very exciting that these will be released under Orion's new imprint, Swordfish. We all find it hard to believe it is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Licence Renewed."

The deal for British and Commonwealth Rights was negotiated by Rowland White, Non-fiction Publishing Director and Publisher of Swordfish, with Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

About the James Bond novels:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world's population has seen a Bond film!)

• Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953); Live and Let Die (1954); Moonraker (1955); Diamonds are forever (1956); From Russia with love (1957); Dr. No (1958); Goldfinger (1959); For Your Eyes Only (1960); Thunderball (1961); The Spy Who Loved Me (1962); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963); You Only Live Twice (1964); The Man With The Golden Gun (1965) and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming's other works include the children's favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• The most recent Bond novel, Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver, was published in the UK on 26 May 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Charlie Higson is author of the Young Bond books which are published by Puffin

Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of The Moneypenny Diaries which are published by John Murray.

• Other authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, Raymond Benson and Sebastian Faulks.

• All of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond books are published by Penguin in the UK and the US.

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family owned company that owns the literary copyright of the James Bond books.

About John Gardner:
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. In the early ’60s he wrote a series of highly acclaimed comic novels featuring a cowardly secret agent called Boysie Oakes,before moving on to more serious books: particularly those featuring Big Herbie Kruger - an outstanding fictional character of the Cold War. In all, John Gardner had 53 novels to his credit – many of them best-sellers and Maestro was, notably, a New York Times Book of the Year.

Read more about John and his books on the official website maintained by his son Simon: www.john-gardner.com

Our sincere thanks to our friend and John Gardner's son, Simon Gardner, for letting us know.

IMAGE BELOW:
The original cover for John Gardner's first five James Bond novels: Licence Renewed (1981), For Special Services (1982), Icebreaker (1983), Nobody Lives Forever (1986) and Role of Honour (1984).

Orion Books press announcement celebrating the 30th anniversary of John Gardner's James Bond titles:
www.orionbooks.co.uk/news/orion-publishing-group-celebrates-30th-anniversary-of-john-gardner-s-james-bond-titles
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26 MAY 2011
EXCLUSIVE CARTE BLANCHE CONTENT

Mike Norman from the Thrillers4u website has informed us of exclusive Carte Blanche content.

Mike comments:

"We have been following the trail of Ian Fleming’s James Bond for a while now. Release date for Carte Blanche is fast approaching and we will have our own take on that story too. This latest adventure already features as Book of the Moment on the Thrillers4u website. Take a look beyond the current home page and you’ll find some real insights into the What, the How and the Why of Carte Blanche. Then on May 26th we will have our quite unique material on-site. No true Bond fan would want to miss that."

We’re guessing you will ‘Like’ them a lot, just as we and Jeffrey Deaver did.

Jeffery Deaver is former journalist, folksinger and attorney. His novels have appeared on a number of best-seller lists around the world, including those of The New York Times, the Times of London and The Los Angeles Times.

The author of nineteen novels (he’s been nominated for five Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award) is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader’s Award for Best Short Story of the Year, and is a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award.

His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marleen Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His most recent books are The Vanished Man, The Stone Monkey and Twisted: Collected Stories. And, yes, the rumours are true, he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favourite soap opera, As the World Turns.

Check out the Carte Blanche content on the Thrillers4u website:
thrillers4u.com/browse.php
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25-28 MAY 2011
CARTE BLANCHE UK PUBLICATION EVENTS

London May 12, 2011: Today marks TWO WEEKS until the launch of Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver.

To celebrate the count down, a cryptic mission has been launched online giving one lucky Bond fan the chance to read Carte Blanche a day before the rest of the world.

In addtion, the following events have been confirmed for publication week:

• Wednesday 25 May: a fabulous top secret event to launch the book in London
• Thursday 26 May: the first public talk with The Times at Congress Centre, central London
• Friday 27 May: a signing with the author at Waterstone’s Leadenhall Market AND an event with independent bookshop Mostly Books at the futuristic Diamond Light Source centre in Oxfordshire
• Saturday 28 May: an event at the Hay Festival

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Cryptic mission to find the first fan to read Carte Blanche

Bond fans eager to get their hands on the latest James Bond adventure Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver, published by Hodder & Stoughton on Thursday 26 May 2011, have been set a cryptic mission to win the ultimate prize: to be the first fan to read Carte Blanche a day before the rest of the world.

Fans will be challenged to solve a series of cryptic clues and questions in the run-up to Wednesday 25 May, the day before the book’s first worldwide publication. Clues will be posted on websites, Twitter, Facebook, and later Bond-related London-based locations. Participants will need to return regularly to www.facebook.com/007CarteBlanche to unravel the clues, and there will then be one final 007-style secret mission to take place in London. The competition will climax on 25 May, when the winner will receive this ultimate Bond prize.

In classic James Bond style, the winner of the challenge will be picked up in the new Bentley Continental GT - the car driven by Bond in Carte Blanche - and chauffeur-driven to the five star Lanesborough Hotel in London. Here, in luxurious surroundings, they will be able to read the novel through the night, before meeting Jeffery Deaver himself the following day to discuss first-hand the details of the book. Lucky runners-up in the competition will receive invitations to the first public event with Jeffery Deaver on 26 May, where he will be speaking at the Congress Centre in London.

For those Bond fans who aren’t able to travel to London to complete the task, a separate strand of activity will let them compete to win one of 10 sets of books consisting of a signed first edition of Carte Blanche as well as other Jeffery Deaver, Ian Fleming and Charlie Higson titles.

Kelly Weekes, Marketing Director of Hodder & Stoughton, says: “This is an incredibly exciting competiton that reflects the anticipation and secrecy surrounding Carte Blanche. Asking Bond fans to take part in their own cryptic mission will allow every Bond fan to put their Bond knowledge to the test and their clue-solving skills to the limit ahead of the publication of Carte Blanche.”

Hodder & Stoughton have partnered with social media agency Fresh Networks to manage the campaign. Mark Jennings, Account Director, adds: “We are delighted to work with Hodder & Stoughton on this unique project. Many of us are Bond fans and it was fantastic to craft the mission and campaign experience for this icon.”

• Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver will be published in the UK on 26 May 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton

• Audio and ebook versions will be published simultaneously

• All Jeffery Deaver’s books have been published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton

• Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family owned company that owns the copyright of the James Bond books www.ianfleming.com

• For further information about Jeffery Deaver, visit www.jefferydeaver.com

• With its enviable location, situated on the borders of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, in the heart of London and with panoramic views of Hyde Park, The Lanesborough has long been considered one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Its elegant surroundings, exquisite cuisine, unsurpassed attention to detail and world-renowned service are second to none. www.lanesborough.com

• For more information about Bentley Motors, visit: www.bentleymotors.com

• FreshNetworks is a social media agency. Their services include social media strategy, online community design and build, and online reputation management. www.freshnetworks.com

• Hodder & Stoughton is a British publishing house, now an imprint of Hachette. They publish general fiction including bestselling authors David Nicholls, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult and Jeffery Deaver. www.hodder.co.uk

About the Bond books:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world’s population has seen a Bond film)

Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953); Live and Let Die (1954); Moonraker (1955); Diamonds are forever (1956); From Russia with love (1957); Dr. No (1958); Goldfinger (1959); For Your Eyes Only (1960); Thunderball (1961); The Spy Who Loved Me (1962); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963); You Only Live Twice (1964); The Man With The Golden Gun (1965), and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming's other works include the children's favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

Charlie Higson is author of the Young Bond books which are published by Puffin.

Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of The Moneypenny Diaries

• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Sebastian Faulks, whose book became the publisher’s fastest selling hardback fiction title

• All of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond books are published by Penguin in the UK and the US<

For more information on these events, visit the official website for Carte Blanche:
www.007carteblanche.co.uk
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12 MAY 2011
CARTE BLANCHE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS

Ian Fleming Publications is thrilled that Carte Blanche is to be published and translated in more than 20 countries worldwide.

See below for the full list of UK and international publishers, including their publication dates for Carte Blanche (if announced) and a link to their official websites where to buy a copy:

Brazil: Editora Record: Published March 2012 - Link
Bulgaria: ERA Media Ltd - Link
China: Yuan-Liou - Link
Czech Republic: Nakladatelstvi Domino - Link
Finland: Gummerus - Link
France: Flammarion: Published May 26 - Link
Germany: Blanvalet Verlag: Published spring 2012 - Link
Hungary: Pecsi Direkt Kft - Link
Israel: Opus Press - Link
Italy: Rizzoli: Published May 26 - Link
Japan: Bungeishunju: Published Autumn 2011 - Link
Korea: Woong Jin: Published May 26 - Link
The Netherlands: Unieboek: Published May 26 - Link
Poland: Albatros - Published Summer 2011
Russia: AST - Link
Slovakia: Ikar A S - Link
Slovenia: Mladinska Knjiga Zalozba - Link
Spain: Urano: Published May 26 - Link
Thailand: Amarin - Link
UK and Commonwealth: Hodder & Stoughton: Published on May 26 - Link
UK and Commonwealth: WF Howes (unabridged audio) Published May 26 - Link
USA: Simon & Schuster: Published on June 14 - Link
USA: Thorndike (large print): Published July 2011 - Link

Visit the official website for Ian Fleming, creator of legendary spy, agent 007 - James Bond, and for his family company, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd:
www.ianfleming.com
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29 MARCH 2011
JOHN GARDNER'S BOND NOVELS TO BE REPRINTED

Great news for fans of John Gardner's James Bond novels - Ian Fleming Publications have announced that every one of his 14 James Bond adventures will be reprinted in both UK and USA to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of his first Bond novel, Licence Renewed.

OFFICIAL MESSAGE FROM IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS:

Ian Fleming Publications is very pleased to announce plans to release new editions of John Gardner's classic James Bond titles.

All fourteen of John Gardner's James Bond books will be republished by Orion in the UK, starting in June this year. Orion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Gardner's Licence Renewed by publishing the first five titles in hardback, featuring their original covers, in Summer 2011. The rest of John Gardner's Bond books will be released in paperback in 2012, as a stunning, redesigned collection.

In the US, Pegasus will release the first three John Gardner titles in newly-designed paperback in the Autumn of 2011. The editions will feature new introductions from luminaries in the world of Bond, and will be followed by a complete re-issue of all 14 titles in the US.

June 23, 2011:
>Licence Renewed
>For Special Services
>Icebreaker

July 7, 2011:
>Role of Honour
>Nobody Lives For Ever

We hope our visitors are looking forward to seeing these wonderful books back in print as much as we are!

Our thanks to John's son, Simon Gardner, for letting us know. And to our dear American friend John Cox, for being loyal as always. Please visit John's excellent website, The Book Bond.

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)

Image below:
The original cover for John Gardner's first three James Bond novels: Licence Renewed (1981), For Special Services (1982) and Icebreaker (1983).

Please visit the official John Gardner website, maintained by Simon, for more information:
www.john-gardner.com/node/185
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18 JANUARY 2011
JEFFREY DEAVER IN DUBAI FOR TALK ABOUT BOND

New James Bond author Jeffery Deaver to star in 007-inspired Emirates Lit Fest Event in Dubai.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

Book lovers and James Bond fans have a treat in store next month: following his popular appearance at the 2010 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, best-selling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver will be returning to Dubai on Tuesday 18th January 2011, for a Bond-inspired Emirates Lit Fest event. Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated authority to promote and foster culture, heritage and art.

Jeffery Deaver is the author of the new, eagerly-anticipated James Bond novel, which is due to be published on May 26th, 2011. The book, which has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate, is currently known simply as Project X and its plot is a closely guarded secret. January’s Emirates Litfest event will be Deaver’s first public appearance as a James Bond author, where he will discuss his love of all things Bond. The audience will be among the first to hear a little bit about his new book, Project X. He has already revealed that it is set in the present day and takes place in a number of exotic locations around the world.

Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

Magrudy’s, the official bookshop of Emirates Lit Fest, will be selling copies of Deaver’s books at the January event, as well as previous Bond novels and biographies of a number of Bond actors, and Ian Fleming, the creator of the Bond character. Following his event, Deaver fans will have the opportunity to meet the author at a signing session. As his new James Bond book will not be available until May, Deaver has agreed to sign special book plates which can be inserted into the novel when it is released.

"For book lovers, Bond fans and anyone who can’t wait until the start of the 2011 Emirates Airline Festival in March, Jeffery Deaver’s return to Dubai should not missed", said Isobel Abulhoul, Festival Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. "His 2010 Emirates Lit Fest event was one of the most popular with festival-goers and I know his Bond evening will be another festival highlight."

"I’m quite excited about returning to Dubai to take part in this James Bond-inspired Emirates Lit Fest event," said Jeffery Deaver. "During my last trip, I found Dubai to be a truly inspirational city--a place of awe-inspiring sights, fascinating cultures and remarkable people."

Lucy Hale, Sales & Marketing Director, Hodder & Stoughton, comments, "Hodder's authors have always enjoyed their visits to Dubai and we've had some great events with the Emirates Airline Festival. We're very excited about the publication of Project X and thrilled that they are putting on this special evening for Jeffery Deaver."

Jeffery Deaver’s Bond evening will take place at the stunning 900-seat theatre at Al Mamzar, known as the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association. Tickets will be priced at 70dhs for the stalls and 30dhs for the balcony and can be purchased online from from 3rd January 2011.

Project X by Jeffery Deaver will be published on 26th May 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and by Simon & Schuster in the US.

For information about the event and how to get tickets, check out:
www.emirateslitfest.com/Deaver_Bond
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17 JANUARY 2011
PROJECT X IS CARTE BLANCHE

James Bond given Carte Blanche - First details of Jeffery Deaver’s first Bond novel revealed.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
The new James Bond book, due to be published later this year and written by best-selling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, is to be called Carte Blanche. Its title and cover artwork are unveiled today (Monday 17th January), at a special launch event at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.

Like Fleming, Jeffery Deaver takes inspiration from exotic locations around the world, and after visiting Dubai for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature last year he decided to set part of Carte Blanche in the United Arab Emirates City.

Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK, two days before Fleming’s birthday, on 26th May 2011. It has been commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications.

Jeffery Deaver comments:

“I’m really excited about being back in Dubai. It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond location - especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes.”

Regarding the book’s title, Deaver added:

“In the world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement. Part of the nonstop suspense in the novel is the looming question of what is acceptable in matters of national and international security. Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross?”

Unlike the most recent James Bond book, Sebastian Faulks’ period piece Devil May Care, Jeffery Deaver’s Bond will have a contemporary setting. As part of his latest assignment, the modern-day secret agent travels with Emirates Airline and spends a number of thrilling hours in Dubai both meeting up with an old friend and tracking a very disturbing villain.

The novel’s setting encompasses Deira and Port Saeed, and the history of the Emirates provides an exciting backdrop for some heart-stopping action.

Bond is renowned for visiting the most exotic and glamorous of cities and this is the first time Dubai has featured in a James Bond novel.

Jeffery Deaver will be making a special appearance at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, on Tuesday 18th January, when he will be speaking about his love of Bond and his experience of writing Carte Blanche.

Carte Blanche also features Fleming’s favourite car – a Bentley. Historically, Bond owned three Bentley cars in the course of the fourteen original novels written by Ian Fleming and, bringing the plot completely up to date, Bond drives a Bentley Continental GT in the new book.

Jeffery Deaver has written 28 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Before becoming a full-time author, Deaver was a journalist, like Fleming, and attorney. He started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages and he lives in North Carolina.

Visit the official website for Carte Blanche:
www.007carteblanche.co.uk
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17 JANUARY 2011
JEFFERY DEAVER REVEALS TITLE OF NEW BOND NOVEL

Today, the new James Bond author Jeffery Deaver will be in Dubai for the 2011 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature where he’ll be sitting down and talking about James Bond with local radio and TV presenter Shahnaz Pakhravan.

Among the topics being discussed by Deaver will be his writing of Project X, his love of 007 and insights into stepping into Ian Fleming’s shoes. Jeffery will also be sharing with the audience new tidbits about the upcoming Bond adventure. The event will be taking place at the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association at Al Mamzar.

Project X – working title only – will be published May 26, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US

Deaver has revealed on Twitter that fans will finally get to see the book’s title and cover art:
twitter.com/jefferydeaver/status/26404539074617344
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28 MAY 2010
NEW JAMES BOND NOVEL COMING OUT (PROJECT X)

Jeffery Deaver's first James Bond novel Carte Blanche released.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd has chosen international bestselling thriller writer, Jeffery Deaver, to write a new James Bond book.

The novel, currently known as Project X, will be published on May 28, 2011 — for Ian Fleming's birthday. It will be published by Jeffery Deaver's publishers Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.

Jeffery Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. His books have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and he has been described as 'the most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world' (Daily Telegraph) and 'the master of ticking-bomb suspense' (People magazine).

007 came to life fully-formed in 1952 when Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale. Since then over 100 million James Bond books have sold worldwide.

In 2004, Deaver won the Crime Writers' Association's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his book Garden of Beasts. In his acceptance speech he talked about his life-long admiration of Fleming's writing.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, was in the audience. She explains, I'd always enjoyed Jeffery Deaver's thrillers, but I particularly liked Garden of Beasts: it demonstrated that he was not only a master of the contemporary American thriller but could also write compelling novels of period suspense within a European setting. I didn't know anything about the author himself and expected a fairly low key response from him when he received our award.

I was surprised and delighted when he spoke very fondly of Ian and about the influence that the Bond books had had on his own writing career. It was at that point that I first thought that James Bond could have an interesting adventure in Jeffery Deaver's hands.


Deaver comments: I can't describe the thrill I felt when first approached by Ian Fleming's estate to ask if I'd be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series. I began reading them when I was about nine or ten, ignorant of the Cold War politics they explored but enthralled by their sense of adventure and derring-do. I continued to read and reread them, which was fortunate because as a teen and adult I found, of course, nuances, that were invisible to a child.

He continues, The Bond books were important parts of my life – both literarily and personally. They appealed to me as wonderful stories but they also stood as singular examples of a thriller writer's craft. I learned, through osmosis as well as design, much technique from Mr. Fleming's work; compactness, attention to detail, heroic though flawed characters, fast-pacing, concrete imagery and straight-forward prose.

Unlike Sebastian Faulks' centenary novel, Devil May Care, Project X will be set in the present day. Jeffery Deaver has started work on the book and his title is yet to be revealed.

David Rosenthal, Executive vice-president and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, comments: For Simon & Schuster, Deaver and Bond are a peerless combination: clever, suspenseful and sophisticated. Jeff Deaver will produce a popular entertainment of the highest order.

Jeffery Deaver is the author of a number of internationally bestselling crime series. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books, most notably The Bone Collector, which was adapted for film in 1999, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Deaver has also written two award-winning short story collections, as well as stand-alone novels including Garden of Beasts and The Bodies Left Behind, which was named Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers' Awards in 2009.

Jeffery Deaver was born near Chicago in 1950. Before becoming a full-time author in 1990, he was a journalist, like Fleming, and attorney. He started writing suspense novels on the long commute to and from his office on Wall Street. His books are now translated into 25 languages. Deaver lives in North Carolina.

Jeffery Deaver's latest Lincoln Rhyme thriller, The Burning Wire, will be published in the US on June 1st and in the UK on July 22nd. A standalone thriller titled Edge will follow in November 2010 in both the US and the UK.

The original Fleming novels are published worldwide by Penguin Books.

A STATEMENT FROM JEFFERY DEAVER
When first approached by Ian Fleming's estate and the publishing company that oversees his work to ask if I'd be interested in writing the next book in the James Bond series, I can't describe the thrill I felt.

My history with Bond goes back fifty years. I was about eight or nine when I picked up my first Bond novel. I was a bit precocious when it came to reading, but I have my parents to thank for that. They had a rule that I was not allowed to watch certain movies, but I could read anything that I could get my hands on. This was ironic since, in the 1950s and early '60s, you'd never see sex or violence on the screen. So, I was allowed to read every Bond book my father brought home or that I could afford with my allowance.

I felt Fleming's influence early. My first narrative fiction, written when I was eleven, was based on Bond. It was about a spy who stole a top-secret airplane from the Russians. The agent was American but had a British connection, having been stationed, like my father, in East Anglia during WWII.

I can still recall the moment when I heard on the news that Fleming had died – I was in my mid-teens. It was as if I had lost a good friend or uncle. Nearly as troubling was the TV anchorman who reported that Bond, too, would die in the final pages of the last book, The Man with the Golden Gun. I was in agony until I could buy it the moment it was released. I read it in one sitting and learned the truth - at least I'd only have to mourn the loss of one of my heroes, not two.

I have won or been nominated for a number of awards for my thriller writing but the one that I'm the most proud of is the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, presented in conjunction with the UK's Crime Writers' Association, for my thriller Garden of Beasts. The award is in the shape of a commando knife that Fleming is said to have carried in his days working for the Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War. The imposing award sits in the middle of my mantelpiece at home.

I don't want to give much away about the new book yet, except to say that it takes place in the present day and that the story occurs over a short period of time and finds Bond in three or four exotic locations around the globe.

The novel will maintain the persona of James Bond as Fleming created him and the unique tone the author brought to his books, while incorporating my own literary trademarks: detailed research, fast pacing and surprise twists.

As far as any parallels between Bond's life and mine, there are a few, I'll admit. I enjoy fast cars – I've owned a Maserati and a Jaguar, and I now take my BMW M3 or Infiniti G37 to the track occasionally. I'm a downhill skier and scuba diver. I enjoy single-malt scotch and American bourbons—not vodka, though if I recall from my reading of the Bond books, the spy himself drank whisky considerably more often than his "shaken, not-stirred" martinis.


THE BOND BOOKS
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world's population has seen a Bond film!)

• Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale (1953); Live and Let Die (1954); Moonraker (1955); Diamonds are forever (1956); From Russia with love (1957); Dr. No (1958); Goldfinger (1959); For Your Eyes Only (1960); Thunderball (1961); The Spy Who Loved Me (1962); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963); You Only Live Twice (1964); The Man With The Golden Gun (1965) and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

• Fleming's other works include the children's favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• The Ian Fleming centenary was celebrated on 28th May 2008 with the publication of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks. This publication formed the centrepiece to a year of celebrations which included a star-studded gala at the London Palladium, a BBC documentary presented by Joanna Lumley, an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and a charity golf tournament held in aid of the British Heart Foundation

Charlie Higson is author of the Young Bond books which are published by Puffin

Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of the Moneypenny Diaries

• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson

• Visit www.IanFleming.com

• For further information about Jeffery Deaver, visit www.jefferydeaver.com

Read more about Carte Blanche at Ian Fleming Publications official book website:
www.007carteblanche.co.uk
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MARCH 2008
VOTE FOR JAMES BOND THEME TUNE

The judges have spoken, it's over to you. Who has captured the essence of Bond? Which song should make it onto the official Devil May Care (2008) audiobook?

To celebrate the Centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, Penguin published DEVIL MAY CARE, written by acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks.

You've got one week to vote, after which time the track with the most votes will be announced the winner.

You can vote between these songs:
• Chantel and The Dry Martinis
• Hughie Brennan
• Robert Ellison
• RTY
• SAL

Have your say, by voting for your favourite now:
uk.myspace.com/devilmaycarebook
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FEBRUARY 2008
JAMES BOND THEME TUNE SEARCH

Penguin and MySpace begin search for James Bond theme tune - First theme tune for a Bond book to mark Faulks tribute novel.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

(LONDON - 28.1.2008) Musicians and James Bond fans across Britain have the rare chance to be a part of 007's iconic history as Penguin announces its search for the theme tune to Devil May Care, the eagerly awaited new Bond novel written by Sebastian Faulks.

From today visitors to uk.myspace.com/devilmaycarebook have the chance to create an original piece of music for the new Bond book which is published on 28th May, the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth.

The winning track will become the book's official theme tune and will be featured on the Devil May Care audio book, published on the same day. This will be the first theme tune to accompany a James Bond book and will later be available as a free digital download.

A shortlist of five entries will be selected by a high-profile judging panel, which includes the book's author, Sebastian Faulks along with respected figures from the world of literature and music, including cult music producer Jazzie B and Matthew Fleming, great nephew of original Bond author Ian Fleming. Dom Cook, Director of Marketing and Content for MySpace UK and Alex Clarke, Penguin Editor of Devil May Care will also judge.

The competition is open to all musicians, both amateur and established artists, with the deadline for entries on 25th February. All entry criteria, including guidance on the style required, can be found on the Devil May Care MySpace page. As well as the exposure, the winner will also pick up the overall prize of 1,000 GBP worth of music equipment.

Once the shortlist is chosen, the final vote will be opened to the public on Monday 3rd March, with the winner announced on Monday 17th March.

Speaking about the launch, Dom Cook, Director of Marketing and Content at MySpace UK said: "With more than eight million artists and bands on MySpace it's the best place to discover exciting new talent. We hope the passion and creativity that fuels our site will be reflected in the high quality of entries that Penguin receive."

Alex Clarke, Penguin Editor of Devil May Care commented, "I hope that this is a dream brief - create your own Bond theme tune - it doesn't get much better than that. We're really pleased to be able to reach out to all the millions of Myspacers - and hope that loads of people will be inspired to rise to the challenge. It's an amazing novel - so it'll need some really good music!"

Alongside the competition, the Devil May Care MySpace profile will be a hub of information and news in the build up to the publication of the book. It will make available downloadable wallpapers and counters and will be regularly updated with blog posts, videos and new writing from Bond aficionados and authors.

Following the release of the audio book, the theme tune will be made available for free download via Penguin and iTunes.

Competition Entry Details:
To enter each entrant must create an original music track of no more than five minutes duration (the “Entry”) on the basis of the brief and the information set out on uk.myspace.com/devilmaycarebook. Entries can be submitted by uploading an MP3 of the final version of your music track via the Website or alternatively by posting a CD to Devil May Care Competition, Penguin Books Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

The track must be original and may not contain any material of any type from any James Bond film.

For full terms and conditions, long on to uk.myspace.com/devilmaycarebook or contact Colman Getty.

About Devil May Care - www.penguin007.com:
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks will be published on 28 May 2008 in hardback by Penguin Books in the UK

Picking up where Ian Fleming left off in his last James Bond book 43 years ago, Devil May Care is set in the Cold War. In keeping with tradition, the action is played out across two continents, exotic locations and several of the world's most thrilling cities. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year

Penguin are launching a brand new imprint, Penguin 007, under which they will publish all their Bond titles, including Devil May Care.

Alex Clarke, Editor of Devil May Care at Penguin Books UK and Dom Cook, Director of Marketing and Content at MySpace UK are available for interview through Colman Getty.

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family owned company that owns the copyright in the Bond books www.ianflemingcentre.com

Go to MySpace for more information:
www.myspace.com/devilmaycarebook
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11 JULY 2007
NEW JAMES BOND CONTINUATION AUTHOR

Sebastian Faulks writes the new James Bond novel, to be published by Penguin.

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“In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling.”

Sebastian Faulks, one of Britain’s most admired novelists, is announced today as the author of a brand new James Bond novel, to be published next year by Penguin Books in the UK and Doubleday in the US. The book, entitled DEVIL MAY CARE, will be published to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth - 28th May 2008.

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd announced in July 2006 that a new Bond book had been commissioned and now, after a year of speculation, the author and title are revealed.

Sebastian Faulks comments:

“I was surprised but flattered to be asked by the Fleming Estate last summer if I would write a one-off Bond book for the Ian Fleming Centenary. I told them that I hadn’t read the books since the age of 13, but if, when I re-read them, I still enjoyed them and could see how I might be able to do something in the same vein, then I would be happy to consider it. On re-reading, I was surprised by how well the books stood up.”
He continues, “I found writing this light-hearted book more thrilling than I had expected. I hope people will enjoy reading it and that Ian Fleming would consider it to be in the cavalier spirit of his own novels and therefore an acceptable addition to the line.”

Fleming’s last Bond book, OCTOPUSSY AND THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, was published in 1966. Forty two years later and in keeping with tradition, DEVIL MAY CARE is set in the Cold War and the action is played out across two continents, exotic locations and several of the world’s most thrilling cities.

Alex Clarke, the editor at Penguin, comments:

"Penguin UK is delighted to be publishing DEVIL MAY CARE in May 2008 to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth. When we heard that Sebastian Faulks would be taking up the mantle, we knew instantly there could not be a more fitting celebration of the most iconic spy in literature and film - Bond, James Bond. Not only has Sebastian picked up from where Fleming left off, but he has also brought his own exquisite prose to the cocktail party - and, in so doing, has written a tour de force that will thrill and satisfy every kind of reader and every kind of James Bond fan.”

He continues, “DEVIL MAY CARE will be a superb addition to the James Bond publishing legacy. Penguin UK publishes all 14 of Fleming's Bond novels, the Charlie Higson Young Bond series, as well as Fleming's children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To mark the centenary, we will be creating a special James Bond imprint, Penguin 007 - within which DEVIL MAY CARE will be published in May 2008.
Sebastian Faulks is best known for his French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. Birdsong is regularly voted one of the nation's favourite books and Charlotte Gray was filmed with Cate Blanchett as Charlotte. The trilogy has sold almost four million copies in the UK. In all, Faulks has written ten books, including eight novels, the most recent of which, Engleby, was published to widespread acclaim in May this year.

Like Fleming, who was a journalist for Reuters and the Sunday Times, Faulks was a journalist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, he was the first Literary Editor of the Independent and later became Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director Ian Fleming Publications Ltd comments:

“We had had Sebastian Faulks in mind for our centenary novel for quite some time. I have always enjoyed and admired his novels, but it wasn’t until I read On Green Dolphin Street that it occurred to me that he would be perfect for Bond. He has an ability to write totally convincingly in whichever period or genre he chooses, and that particular book made me think he might enjoy exploring the world of Ian Fleming and James Bond. I knew that it would have to be something very special to tempt him to have a go, and at the time didn’t make an approach. However, when we came to think of authors for our centenary novel and his agent, quite independently, suggested Sebastian, it was just meant to be.

“The Fleming family were delighted with the typescript when we received it. Barbara Broccoli, to whom we gave a sneak preview, said if I had told her the family had found an old manuscript of Ian’s in the basement, she would have believed me. Sebastian couldn’t have written a better book to celebrate Ian’s 100th birthday.”

DEVIL MAY CARE is published to mark the Ian Fleming Centenary. The book is at the centre of a larger programme of celebratory events that will run throughout 2008.

Faulks remains with his usual publisher, Random House, and comments:

"I am sure Penguin will do a great job with this book, but I would like to stress that Random House remain my publishers. Hutchinson and Vintage have done a fantastic job for me over the last 20 years and I will stay with them for as long as they will have me -- for another 20 years at least, I hope."

FULL STATEMENT FROM SEBASTIAN FAULKS:
"I was surprised but flattered to be asked by Ian Fleming Publications last summer if I would write a one-off Bond book for the Ian Fleming centenary. I told them that I hadn’t read the books since the age of 13, but if when I re-read them I still enjoyed them and could see how I might be able to do something in the same vein then I would be happy to consider it.

After almost five years researching Victorian psychiatry for Human Traces, there was something attractive about a jeu d’esprit which, if I followed Fleming’s own prescription, I could write in about six weeks.

On re-reading, I was surprised by how well the books stood up. I put this down to three things: the sense of jeopardy Fleming creates about his solitary hero; a certain playfulness in the narrative details; and a crisp, journalistic style that hasn’t dated. I tried to isolate the essential and the most enjoyable aspects of the books. Then I took that pattern and added characters and a story of my own with as much speed and as many twists as I thought the reader could bear.

I developed a prose that is about 80 per cent Fleming. I didn’t go the final distance for fear of straying into pastiche, but I strictly observed his rules of chapter and sentence construction. My novel is meant to stand in the line of Fleming’s own books, where the story is everything.

In his house in Jamaica, Ian Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women. In my house in London, I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling.
I found writing this light-hearted book more thrilling than I had expected. I hope people will enjoy reading it and that Ian Fleming would consider it to be in the cavalier spirit of his own novels and therefore an acceptable addition to the line."

About Sebastian Faulks:
Born in April 1953. He was brought up in Newbury, Berkshire, and educated at Wellington College and Cambridge (the background for much of his recently published novel Engleby). Before resolving to become a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph (1978-86) and as Literary Editor and Deputy Editor of the Independent (1986-91).

His “French trilogy” of novels – The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) – established him in the front rank of British novelists: UK sales of Birdsong exceed 2,500,000 copies, and for this book he was named “Author of the Year” by the British Book Awards in 1995.

Other novels include A Fool’s Alphabet (1992), On Green Dolphin Street (2001) and Human Traces (2005). His biographical study of three doomed young men of the 20th century, The Fatal Englishman, was published in 1996.

Sebastian Faulks lives in London with his wife and their three children.

Editor's note:
- DEVIL MAY CARE by Sebastian Faulks will be published in hardback by Penguin Books in the UK and by Doubleday in the US
- Penguin are launching a brand new imprint – Penguin 007– under which they will publish all their Bond titles, including DEVIL MAY CARE
- Sebastian Faulks continues to be published by Hutchinson and Vintage
- Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family owned company that owns the copyright in the Bond books

JAMES BOND PUBLISHING:
• Over 100 million Bond books have been sold and over half the world’s population has seen a Bond film

• Ian Fleming wrote fourteen James Bond books: CASINO ROYALE (1953); LIVE AND LET DIE (1954); MOONRAKER (1955); DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1956); FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1957); DR NO (1958); GOLDFINGER (1959); FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1960); THUNDERBALL (1961); THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1962); ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1963); YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1964); THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1965) and OCTOPUSSY AND THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1966)

• Fleming’s other works include the children’s favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)

• Charlie Higson is author of the Young Bond books which are published by Puffin. Launched in March 2005 with publication of SilverFin, the fourth in the series, Hurricane Gold, will be published in September 2007. The Young Bond series has now sold over half a million copies and has been translated into 23 languages

• Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of the Moneypenny Diaries, the second volume of which was published in November 2006

• Previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson

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