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The title and cover of Anthony Horowitz's new James Bond novel

By: Anders Frejdh
With A Mind To Kill Anothy Horowitz James Bond
The title and cover for Anthony Horowitz’s new (his third) James Bond novel has been revealed. The book is titled With a Mind to Kill and will be published by Jonathan Cape on 26th May 2022, two days short of Ian Fleming's birthday. Read the full press release here.

Jonathan Cape, Vintage, and Ian Fleming Publications are delighted to reveal the title and front cover of award-winning novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz’s third official James Bond novel. Signed copies are available to pre-order from today from Waterstones (signed edition) and independent retailers.

Official synopsis

With a Mind to Kill opens with M’s funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M’s murder – James Bond.

Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion’s den – but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?

In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.”

With a Mind to Kill title cover announcement

The literary James Bond legacy

Anthony Horowitz is the only author in recent years to have been invited by Ian Fleming Publications to write successive, official James Bond novels. The collaboration began in 2015 with the Sunday Times bestseller Trigger Mortis, followed by Forever and a Day in 2018 – a Sunday Times number one bestseller. He follows in the footsteps of William Boyd and Solo in 2013, the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, with Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.

About Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and The Ian Fleming Estate are run by the Fleming family and hold the copyright in Ian Fleming's fiction and non-fiction writing.

• More than 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world’s population is reputed to have 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)
Steve Cole and Charlie Higson have each written a series of Young Bond books which are published by Penguin Random House Children’s Books in the UK
• Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson.

Visit the official website of Ian Fleming Publications for the latest literary Bond news,



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