April 1, 2014


James Bond readings will return! Ian Fleming Publications recently produced the wonderful Reloaded series of audiobooks read by many prominent British actors. The Series One set included performances of the novels by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey). After a spectacular launch, the remaining Fleming titles were released with readings by David Tennant (Doctor Who), Kenneth Branagh, Rosamund Pike (Die Another Die), and others. The final recordings of short stories came out last fall and included a special reading of 007 in New York by Ian Fleming's niece Lucy Fleming! The audiobooks were available on CD and for download in England- but only temporarily. With the sudden recent collapse of AudioGo, digital distribution shifted to Audible in the UK, but the CDs went out of print. Fans outside of the UK who looked forward to the second-wave releases have found themselves high and dry, or having to pay premium prices on the secondary market. But you can postpone your plans to knock off Fort Knox. I corresponded with Ian Fleming Publications today and they responded with good news: "Please rest assured- and assure your readers- that we are working hard to get the 007 Reloaded audiobooks back on the market as soon as possible, both in the UK and USA. We have found alternative distributors, but there are a number of hoops to jump through before they can go into production. They are well worth waiting for!" Thank you to our friends at Fleming Publications for this update. I can't wait to hear the remaining performances. In the meantime, fans can still find excellent readings of Ian Fleming's novels, as well as Lycett's biography, by Simon Vance for Blackstone Audio. See our brief interview with Simon Vance here. Readers may also be interested in checking out David Tennant's current work on the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang continuation novels. 

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